My playing experience
I am and have been very active in the Glasgow scene for over 8 years From tiny pub’s with no one in them to massive 7000 capacity venues, I have played hundreds and all kinds of shows.
I started studying music when I was 22 at Jewel & Esk Valley College in Edinburgh. I then went on to get my BA with Honours at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. I didn’t take my first ever private drum lesson until I was 28.
In my career so far, I have been extremely lucky to have supported the Proclaimers, Pokey LaFarge and Sturgil Simpson on tours. I even played live with Sturgil during Celtic Connections back in 2015. In addition, I have played on the radio and TV for the BBC at the Quay sessions.
Because my career has been so busy it, has led me to become an extremely versatile player .I have played in big band, jazz, indie, punk, post rock, alternative, rock n’ roll, soul and country bands.
I have also been extremely lucky to have had lessons with some of the most fantastic teachers and drummers on the planet: Steve White, Pat Garvey, Dave Elitch, Louie Palmer and Jost Nickel.
I am currently studying with Louie Palmer, Rich Kass and Graham Costello. I believe as a professional drummer it is extremely important to still take lessons from others that inspire you. It helps you to keep pushing yourself to be a better learner, player and teacher.
I have been teaching for over 5 years. I worked for the Academy of Music and Sound in 2014 where I discovered my passion for teaching. There I had taught students from 15 to 60 years old. During that time I have taught drum classes and live performance workshops. These classes would range from 1 to up to 30 students at a time.
I now specialise in 1- on -1 sessions as I enjoy these the most. I really love meeting new people and helping them develop as players and as people.
Late to the game
Indeed I was. My parents bought me a kit when I was 16 but it never got used until I was 19. I was studying at a local college in Electronic Engineering with Music Technology and one of my classmates needed a drummer for a band. Because I had a kit we jammed and that set me off.