Yeah..professional for 35 years on the International folk circuit but I'm mainly an acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter immersed in old blues and ragtime, hillbilly country, western swing and other bits and bobs.
My last CD, Red Shoes & Blues, was with the Scottish harmonica virtuoso Fraser Speirs who this time in 2008 was touring with Paolo Nutini and playing for the Jamaican Olympic team in Beijing as a promo thing for Paolo's 'New Shoes', the Nike advert soundtrack. He was on the #1 single and album after that before getting the push and coming back to me so we could go touring.
I gave it a few more years but decided to 'retire' at the end of 2013 and concentrate on not working so hard and travelling to Europe for holidays instead of employment opportunities! And filling the car boot with cases of wine instead of PA and guitar cases.
So now I can be a 'weekend warrior' and just play for fun now mostly, around the north east.