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Born 1st December 1963, at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, England. Grew up mostly in a small village, ( Long Hanborough ) 15 miles North West of Oxford.
As a boy I was obsessed with history, Ancient Egypt then the Celtic heritage that is all around in a country like England. From the Rollright Stone Circle just north of us to the Roman Villa a short walk to the West. Avebury and the Uffington White Horse to the South. All around me was a magical land of Vikings, Celts, Romans, Normans and Saxons. If you walked through a ploughed field you would find Stone Age flints, and musket balls from the Civil Wars. Everywhere was a long lost battlefield. Alongside all this history there were the Legends and Folk tales, Glimpses of a Pagan past. I felt I belonged. This was my land, my history.
As a boy, If I wasn’t at school I was down the woods or by the river with my dog ‘Meg’. In my mind we were ancient Celts, or Vikings. The Spirits of the trees and fields were always with us. As I grew up these feelings of connection to the past, to the land, stayed with me and matured.
A spirituality grew inside me based around my connection to my surroundings. The idea that Natures spirit was in all things and all powerful.That we are a part of nature, and it is enough to be a part of it. It’s an eternal cycle of re-birth, It surrounds us, it is us……. We are the past, the present and future. Our job is simple, as part owner, part guardian, to respect and protect all the world and all it’s wonders.
The idea of a Christian type God or Religion seemed forced, alien and phony. A self serving religion created by men for men. I could go on but you must find your own way…………….your own truth.
I eventually got an apprenticeship as a Thatcher with a local company through a friend. Four years of training and I was Qualified. A great job, my time was spent in the villages in the Oxfordshire countryside. Working on little old cottages, talking and drinking tea with the old folk, reminiscing about the old days. I was in my element. I was a Thatcher for 18 years, before moving to New Zealand in 1997.
Why did I leave my life there to start again……….? Well that’s another story.
So, much of the music I write and play today, comes from my feelings and connection to the spirits of nature, and the Land of my youth.