This pic was taken last year…I did a few snaps, but picked this one out today because I had nothing ‘better’ to do, and my main camera lens is knackered, so elaborate shoots are out of the question sadly.
Hand me a guitar, and my fingers naturally make the Am shape (or Em)….I identify with melancholy in music, and a sad melody over any other…must mean I’m abit of a saddo.. ;)
I gigged Stockport 1-3 times per week as lead singer/acoustic guitarist, for a good 2 years with a covers band (with a really silly name: ‘IsItSo’…of which I can not be held accountable for!); other than this, I was lead singer in a band called ‘The Winter Rose’ as my intro into the world of music (aged 16). Our music was a sultry mix of eclectic ambient + soft alternative rock..all of us would contribute to the main writing. My first gig with them was held at ‘The Star and Garter’ in Manchester, and before it was our turn to perform, I had worked myself up into a migraine frenzy, which thankfully melted in minutes as soon as I was handed the mic.
In-between these musical adventures, I performed as a session backing blues singer (like those ‘Pink-Floyd’ types: black dresses, the lot! ), with my youngest sister, in a blues band called ‘Sneaky Business’ ……..
Those days are long gone, but I still dabble in music within the home on an old zip-disc driven digital recorder…..I play bass, keyboard, rhythm and lead guitar, and also do my own vocals + backing vocals . Only I get to hear the songs I write, since I haven’t yet discovered a simple way to convert from zip to pc.
I was always a naturally gifted soul/folk/rock singer (blows own trumpet), but I owe my interest in guitar to the late Gary Moore.
The reason why? The first 5 songs I ever heard (in order), here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTDsDlU38as&... (the messiah will come again)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sbw4OzoasQ (out in the fields)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3-TgDjcBL0 (the loner)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGyYjuteLUk (empty rooms)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXro9WXbbM0&... (over the hills and far away)