PERFORMING

From primary school onwards I have always enjoyed performing. Involved in music and theatre for all of my life. My grandfather played piano and my grandmother guitar, my nephew is David Hunter who has been the lead in the West End musical, 'Once', his sister Becci Francis is a dancer and dance teacher.

I started singing as a boy soprano at the age of 7 at a chapel in Woodbury Road, Walthamstow and at 9 in the choir at St. Mary's Church, Walthamstow. At school I acted in plays and sang in choirs and performed on speech days with solo pieces including Shakespeare. I was part of the William Morris Tech. Drama Club and performed in various plays until leaving school. At 15 I joined Ian (Thunderfoot) Purdey and John Sloman to form a band and eventually joined The Spartans as a bass player and singer. This led to joining singer John Cassidy in The Barristers a local London band. During the time with the Spartans I played on the same bill as The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, Georgie Fame and the Blueflames and did some recording with a Canadian singer Johnny Reno. My last band in London was The Riot Squad. I eventually went to Keswick College, Norwich to train to be a teacher where I helped form a rock band called The Bill of Rights playing bass and singing. The band played on the same bill as Manfred Mann, Dave Dee etc. The Kinks and other well-known bands.