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I began writing songs and playing in folk clubs when I was 17, starting as an "itinerant" singer at Brenda Wootton's Pipers Folk Club in Penzance. I learnt my first chords years before from Johnny Hinkes, a friend I have known since I was five. Johnnie could play better at eleven than I can now but I keep trying.

At the end of 1972 I started a folk trio, Beauferris, with my two closest friends, the late John Lewis (1951 - 2018), who played bass, and Dick Fry, who sang and played acoustic guitar. Dick was also a fine songwriter. We worked together until 1974 when Dick decided to serve Queen and country by joining the RAF. We had great fun, played in some very unlikely places and even learnt a bit about performing.

John and I continued as a duo after Dick left but within a few months we were joined by Steve Lunn, who introduced us to the joys of the Fender Stratocaster, and our music took on a harder edge. This grouping became "Rosedragon" and we stayed together until I decided to pursue my fortunes in London. I had been asked to produce a demo tape for a major publishing house, which I did in Manchester in the summer of 1975 and a writing deal seemed likely. Nothing came of it.

I continued to play in folk clubs around London and sometimes further afield for the next couple of years

In 1977 I moved to Suffolk, having decided that I had better concentrate on a proper job. In 1979 I was a founder member of "Jack High" which included the unlikely combination of guitar, bass, banjo and saxophone. Between '79 and '82 Jack High went through various guises as it matured. There was also an important fifth member of the band, Alistair Mills, who was our excellent sound man and technical support. His speaker stacks became almost legendary for a "folk" band. Alistair was tragically killed in a freak road accident a few years later.

Jack High played some great venues, the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds particularly sticks in the mind. We were played on Radio Suffolk on several occasions and Jack High was certainly the most musically diverse outfit I have been involved with.

All the way through these years my writing continued and my back catalogue increased. There then came a long gap when career and family took over. I did not write a song for 20 years and while they were great times it sometimes saddens me to think of the songs that may have existed today if there had been time!

In 2003 the tumultuous events that led to the 2nd Gulf War forced me to write a song again. "The Khaki are Called" has not been recorded yet, it may never be, but it got me back into writing and soon after performing again.

Now I write, record and perform regularly, both solo and in collaboration with Richard Cox-Smith as Mynott's Wing. I sing songs I wrote over 40 years ago and some just a few weeks or months old. It is a never ending process. I hope I am improving, the subjects have evolved, not so much heartache and yearning these days. I am still enthusiastic, am probably more relaxed, love what I do and have a lot more guitars.


















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