Fun Stuff


Strings and Things
Ah, a mispent youth! My first job, age 15, was working in a 2/11 store in the seaside town of Blackpool (dollar store in the US context). I quit after two weeks and bought my first nylon strung guitar. 34 years later numerous guitars have passed through my hands. Presently I play a Taylor accoustic (all mahagony Grand Auditorium), 1995 Parker Fly in antigue gold, and a 1986 Fender Strat. Favorite guitarist . . . still EC but Knopfler has always been up there for me. Amps? Has to be Marshall.
I love ukuleles, too! Delightful little stringy things. Check out DaSilva Ukes.
For fun I build ukuleles and more recently concert classical guitars.

The "wee beasties"
We so enjoy our little pug companions, Lucy, Molly and Jack. They are a delight to be with, most of the time (occasional annoying barking, wanting to pee in the middle of the night, destroy anything that resembles a toy, vet's bills . . . come to think of it. . . .)


Manchester United
Since being a little boy in Manchester I have been a fan. Winning the European Cup in '68 was a childhood highlight. Trouble is, it's like supporting the NY Yankees, and I would love to follow a different team. I've tried Manchester City (didn't work; too much early socialization against the blues). I lived in Blackpool (orange kit? say no more), Rochdale (too bad for words), Newcastle (bit dull) and Glasgow (Celtic or Rangers? couldn't decide) . . . none really fit the bill, so Utd it remains. Theatre of Dreams.

Bodhrán
One of the best sounds on the planet. The bodhrán is the Irish drum, anywhere from 12" to 24" diameter, and 4" to 8" deep, played with a stick. You will have heard it on most Celtic music. I have a wonderful drum made for me by Mance Grady. Check out his site: