I am a mostly self-taught musician and composer with proficiency in both electric and acoustic guitars and bass guitar; I’ve been playing since I was about 13 and have spent most of those years in a variety of bands, honing my composition and group performance skills.
I take inspiration from the beauty of nature in all its forms – sunlight, snow, autumn leaves, spring rains, and of course the majestic Peak District adjacent to my home city of Sheffield, UK. Sometimes merely driving over Snake Pass on a sunny day can have me gazing at the scenery and send floods of ideas into my mind.
Band website: northernoak.co.uk
When I formed Northern Oak along with Daniel Loughran, Elliot Sinclair and James Harris back at the very beginning of 2006, I knew I wanted to take it further than I’d taken any of my previous projects, but I had no idea just how far we would go! During the 10-year lifespan of the band, we released three albums; Tales From Rivelin in 2007, Monuments in 2010, Of Roots and Flesh in 2014 (which was crowdfunded by our fans, friends and strangers alike) and a 3-track EP in 2015 entitled Triptych. In March 2016, we decided to bring the band to a close due to increasing real-life work commitments and time pressures; it was hard for me to let the band go, but I know our music has inspired many people and hope it will continue to in the years to come.
- Main support for Moonsorrow at Jorvik Viking Festival, 2015
- Astral Chaos UK Tour (Nov/Dec 2013)
- Martin Walkyier’s Viking Funeral (September 2012)
- Bloodstock Open Air Festival (August 2011)
In 2019 I joined Sheffield folk/metal/geek ceilidh band Powerhouse, replacing founding guitarist Paul Sparshott after he moved onto other things. Powerhouse is the perfect intersection between my love of chuggy riffs and nerdy music, with themes pulled from videogames, films and TV shows and interwoven seamlessly with traditional folk/ceilidh tunes. It’s also a reunion with flautist Catie Williams who I previously played with in Northern Oak. Powerhouse have recorded an EP of some of our arrangements which will be released in 2020.
I fulfilled a ten-year ambition in 2016 and became a posted ReMixer on http://www.ocremix.org with the track ‘Prime Directive‘ under the pseudonym ‘Manji’.
Following this, I got involved with several official OCRemix albums in the hope of getting more of my work published on the site; in 2019, one of those albums (‘Paths Less Travelled Vol. 1: Terranigma‘) was released, with three tracks I arranged and worked on featured: ‘Destiny’s Spire‘, ‘An Afternoon in Clisson’, and the album closer ‘Mother Earth (Bound by Fate)’. I’m very proud of these tracks and look forward to getting involved with other OCRemix projects in the future.
In 2019 I released a solo album under the moniker ‘Nephelinite’ – the album is entitled ‘The Age of Antiquity’ and consists of songs I’ve had in various stages of completion for years. The centrepiece, ‘Rise and Fall’ is a 24-minute piece of music aiming to tell, through instrumental progressive/extreme metal, the full story of Paradise Lost – John Milton’s epic poem about the fall of Lucifer, the Lightbringer, and his ensuing corruption of humanity.