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                   (aka Smiling Knives)

GETTING STARTED:
 
When I was a tousle haired 15yr old, I listened to a guy I had never heard of play a song I did not know. He inspired me. It got me started. His name was Bert Jansch. The song was called 'Anji.' I started out as a bass player but had aspirations to play the acoustic guitar as well as Bert - my first guitar hero and an inspiration for many.
 
SONGWRITING
I have written many songs, held publishing contracts with the Gem Toby Organisation [GTO] in London and my work has been recorded by other artists and appears on several albums. My influences include John Martyn, Paul Simon, The Blue Nile, Stephen Stills, Pete Townsend, Martin Carthy, The Weepies and of course, Bert Jansch. During my career I have been involved with rock, jazz, folk, Cajun, fusion, experimental and just about everything in between. My music draws from all of these styles.
THE ZEN KICK:
My solo album, The Zen Kick, was released in May 2012. It was recorded and produced at The Studio in Sai Kung (Hong Kong) by Peter Scherr, and mastered in New York at Masterdisc by Scott Hull, (Sting, Steely Dan, John Mayer). The heartbeat (at the beginning of the Zen Kick) was recorded at the Women and Childrens Hospital in  Shenzhen China, prior to my daughter (Zen) being born.
 
The album includes contributions from a number of very fine musicians including Peter Scherr (electric and double bass), Bob Mocarsky (piano/keyboards) and the Mongolian horse head fiddle player, Hugejiletu.

 

 

 

 

Photo Gallery

MIDI Music Festival
Shenzhen 2014

Video Gallery

SMILE: The Ballad of Dave & Jean 2019

The Girl at Charing Cross Station 2017   (pax)

Walking Through Walls 2018

Performing in Lhasa
(Tibet) in 2008

Lyrics

Performance at the New Vic 2018 - Aliens in Stoke on Trent (Hurlstone)

The Way I am Folded: 2017/2018

3.5 mins of music written for a 2018 kids word project.

The Way I am Folded
Grasslands Music Festival 2012 in Mongolia 

The Girl at Charing Cross Station 2017

The seats are all taken

It’s Friday night

At Charing Cross Station

When I first catch sight of you

Standing alone

Am I dreaming?

A trick of the light?

Nothing’s changed,

You look the same

Then you slip away

The girl on the train looks like you

She’s looking back so I smile too

Though I hurt you—now I’m sated

Stop this war—kill the hatred

Slow and slow, slow and slow

Let’s go out tonight and sail out into the light

The girl on the train looks like you,

She’s looking back so I smile too

A thousand faces, this rain is burning

Run for cover, our platform’s turning

Slow and slow, slow and slow

Let’s go out tonight and step out into the light

God it’s such a pain—spending half our lives

Going round in circles, but we keep on running, Why?

Because you never know who you might find 

But which train are you on?

Which train are you on?

Which train are you on?

WALKING THROUGH WALLS  2018

 

In summer lines

Where fields of corn

Sway in sweet refrain

On city streets where lives have gone

Only savage hearts remain

 

Walking, keep walking, walking through walls

Walking, keep walking, walking through walls

 

Oh, you made the choice now feel the love

Press a life in thought

Come on, shout it loud

Still kneeled and bowed

But don’t you spill my blood

 

Walking, keep walking ...

No need to fight, or hold your hands high

Sweet December frost cannot fade our smiles

And I love this life why should I lie?

In my dreams there are …         

 

Still bright rows of anthems wave

In red, green white and blue

Come on, see them off - now blow a kiss

Safe the moment truth

 

Walking, keep walking, walking through walls

Walking keep walking, walking through walls  

Upside Down 2019

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