Beethoven once said, ‘To play a wrong note is insignificant; but to play without passion is inexcusable!’ so I find comfort in this, as I sing from the heart, and only songs that I love.
I can’t be ‘put in a box’ with my music as there is so much of all that delights me, so many genres – folk, classical, bluegrass, country, blues – even jazz. So when I write songs, there are no boundaries in my head. Only my technical ability restricts me. Words are very important to me; I could not sing a song with a great melody but rubbish lyrics! I started writing songs about twenty years ago Sometimes, I feel the need to cover sensitive issues with my music, but normally only sing these songs in a concert setting, where a balance can be found.
Music has been my life for fifty years. In the early days, I sang in a folk trio, and then later did the colliery clubs around Lancashire and West Yorkshire as a singer in a trio. For years, I played in my local church worship group, and I now sing in the care homes of Teesside, as my regular job.
I cannot imagine a world without music!