I have been writing music and singing at my piano for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is sitting on my dad's knee, (I was too small to steady myself) and him playing gorgeous Bach and Schubert. I don't remember seeing any sheet music and to this day, like him, I learn by listening with my 'inner' ear.
Over the years you will have found me playing covers (Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens) and my own originals anywhere I find a piano: in break times at school, college or at uni, at The Waterfront in Bristol for my first gig, aged 16, in the hospital wards as a student nurse or in nursing homes or on neglected, dusty pianos in deserted old halls or on organs in empty churches or an upright old piano unlocked on some random train platform, waiting, waiting, waiting to be played...or on the city's grand pianos at Glasgow's annual Open Lids fest or in empty hotel lobbies, or perhaps at one of the many open mics in pre-virtual pub days, or in one of the many piano bars here in Glasgow. Perhaps you heard me regularly guesting on a local community radio show, taking my Yamaha P120 in with me. Maybe you were at one of my house concerts where I played a couple of my own before the main act, or at one of my Sunny Corner Sunday afternoon sessions where local musicians could share their latest creations in a safe and supportive, cosy front room? Perhaps I played at your wedding, sharing intimate moments singing your special song to your loved one, or maybe you heard me playing quietly on the grand piano I brought in to the hospice where I have worked for the last 14 years. You may have found me winding down after a long day at work (I sourced the piano through the Play Me I'm Yours organisation); perhaps you were just leaving the ward after a difficult day and sat down to gather your thoughts before facing the world.
Very likely you haven't heard me at all! In which case, enjoy the musical journey I've been on which starts with this debut album, Lulladi, completed last year during lockdown. It's the beginning of my recorded musical journey for others outside my immediate circles to hear. Lulladi, by the way, was my radio moniker when I had my own late night show, where I interviewed and played other independent artists, giving them a much-needed and appreciated platform on which to be heard.
Thank you so much for your encouragement over the years!