I became interested in playing the drums when a group of school friends got together with their strat copies and home made keyboards and found themselves short on the rhythm front.
On moving to Aberdeen in 1977 to do a degree in Zoology, I met David Cruickshank. David had quite revolutionary ideas for his time and forged the beginnings of a fusion between traditional Scottish/Irish melody and West African drumming. This first took shape in the form of the Afro-Gaelic Ensemble and subsequently evolved into the iconic and more jazz orientated Atsimevu.
My musical ideas in this area were reinforced after spending some time in East Africa as part of research for my degree thesis.
On leaving Aberdeen I travelled to India during which time I studied tabla in the foothills of the Himalaya.
Returning to Scotland, I met dancer Jane Simpson who was using the same space as myself for rehearsal. Drums and Movement naturally gelled and from there I began playing as accompanist for many internationally renowned dancers and choreographers. This led to being commissioned to write soundscores for complete Dance/Theatre productions in both live and recorded settings.
I met George Jackson from Ossian, who embraced the idea of combining my style of percussion with his more traditional medium and we embarked on many an improvised duet at open stage gatherings.
During one of these impromptu sessions I met Martin Hodgson for the first time. It wasn’t till a couple of years later that we met again whilst both acting as session musicians for the same band. The result of this meeting was the formation of Rachaka which ran at frenetic pace from 1987 to 1991.
I met Audicia Lynne Morley during a peace festival in Musselburgh in 1988. Due to technical difficulties, and never having met before, we were thrown together on stage to perform a complete improvisation to a live audience.
This chance encounter resulted in the formation of State Theta - Collaborative Arts Performance Company, which toured extensively from 1990 to 1996 performing and teaching.
Following 2 years of touring with David Glass Ensemble’s ‘Mosquito Coast’ and State Theta’s ‘Gold’ I returned to University to do a Masters degree in Information Technology.
I continue to work on various projects as Software Developer and Data Architect.
In 2005, along with Audicia, we bought and renovated The Old Church Hall in Ormiston, East Lothian. This is now running as State Theta Galleries, a dedicated centre for the development of Movement, Health and The Arts.