Originally from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, I spent four years studying
in London before qualifying as a secondary schoolteacher in 1973.
Following a year back in Essex where I taught science, the remainder
of my career was spent living in London and working in Inner London
schools where I initially taught maths but later taught exclusively
computer studies (as Head of Department). For much of this time
I was also a single parent of two children.
Playing at the Grange, Bridgwater,
2003 [Photo: Stuart Viney]
I acquired my first guitar in 1969 and was content to play mainly
acoustic styles as a self-taught hobby for some 20 years. Realising
a need to extend my repertoire of guitar skills, I then undertook
a more serious study of guitar (lead, electric, jazz) and music
Percy (from 1992). When a change of direction was needed, I
recognised a lifelong interest in music, guitar and recording. Thus,
in 1996 I retired from schoolteaching, assembled a 16-track home
recording studio and returned to university to study Musical Instrument
Technology, specialising in the design and construction of solid-bodied,
On Dartmoor, 2015
After graduating, I worked freelance as a guitar teacher and technician
until I moved to Devon in 2002. Here, I have occasionally worked
(also freelance) providing home and office computer support but
I am otherwise fully retired. In addition to local walks and photography,
I enjoy spending time with my two granddaughters.