I began with a classical background but about ten years ago I started to listen to more and more folk fiddle, gradually learning new tunes and techniques. I play in a band called "Troublesome Reach" - a four piece band in Suffolk. We play a range of numbers, including standards in which I play bass guitar instead of fiddle. However, the core of our music is folk-based or often pure folk. Influences include Show of Hands, The Waterboys,
The Decembrists, Fairport Convention, Four Men and a Dog, Neil Young, Hurrah For The Riffraff, Crooked Jade and a host of individual singer and artists. We do five or six gigs a year and practice almost every week for a good three or four hours.
I also go along to my local folk club once a month and love improvising with singers whether this is in British or American style. I am increasingly fascinated by Irish fiddle players.