Guitarist, Composer

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Never Can Say Goodbye

Soul-Jazz guitar instrumental, in the style of George Benson, using a Carvin guitar.

01Never Can Say Goodbye
02The Girl Is Mine mp3
03Lullaby Of Birdland

Physical Attributes

177 cm / 5ft 10in
Skin color:
White / Caucasian
Eye color:

Credits & experience

  • Album 'Thankful' in Soul Charts : Guitarist with SouLutions
  • UK and Germany tour : Guitarist with SouLutions
  • Newcastle City Hall : Guitarist with SouLutions
  • Jazz Cafe, London and southern tour : Guitarist with SouLutions
  • Album 'Destiny' in Soul Charts : Guitarist with SouLutions
  • Wembley Arena : Guitarist and actor representing Sunderland University
  • Chart Albums by Opus III : Session guitarist
  • Guitar techniques teaching : Formerly private teaching and lecture work in colleges, universities and community centres. Now peripatetic guitar teaching with NEMCO in schools.
  • Guitarist: recording : Amateur recording work initially, then pro session recording work with PWL label and others in 1980s. Featured on several commercial albums.
  • Guitarist: live guitar performance : Playing in bands from age 12, initially blues and rock, latterly soul and jazz.
  • Composer : Professional composer, songwriter, arranger in many popular music situations.


Guitar ability


Composer ability


Favourite genres
  • Pop
  • Jazz

Influences: John Mclaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Stevie Wonder, Sting, George Benson

I am a skilled, creative guitarist/composer working professionally in the genres of jazz, fusion, soul, funky pop and blues. My influences over the years have been and are George Benson, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Allan Holdsworth, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Eric Clapton and The Beatles, which all reflect in my playing. I have written and recorded many songs, and have composed for video, stage dramas, and radio. I have also worked as a session guitarist on a number of commercial albums (eg PWL), plus stints as musical director and band leader in various situations. I am an authorised guitar tutor with the national Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT London), and a paid-up member of the Musicians Union. In my 'day job', I teach guitar in Newcastle schools and privately, and have run University courses in guitar techniques and understanding popular music. I have a BA Hons degree in Creative Arts. I currently have two vocals/guitar duos, Nuvo with Amy Purvis on vocals (currently on hold due to the arrival of a new baby), and Firefly with vocalist Colette. Firefly plays at D'Acqua restaurant in Sunderland on the last Thursday of each month. We cover songs from across the decades, including swing, soul and modern groove pop. I also play with 'Steve Lee and the Soulutions', covering soul classics. Finally, I occasionally play solo instrumentals when required.

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