Welcome to my Website!

I’m a session, studio and touring drummer/percussionist who also teaches and writes for UK drum website MikeDolbear.com (see ‘Interviews’).

  • I sing backing vocals

  • Play well to a click track

  • Have toured the UK, Europe and Japan since 2006

  • Have a First Class Ba Hons degree in Contemporary Popular Music (ACM)

  • Read and transcribe music

  • Play all different styles and have played with orchestras, big bands, brass bands, steel bands, pop, rock and acoustic acts.

  • Am a member of the Musicians’ Union

I’ve been fortunate enough to play with Cee Lo Green, Robyn, Cher Lloyd, Cyndi Lauper, Robots In Disguise and many others as well as on X Factor, The Paul O’Grady Show and at Wembley Stadium. I am currently working with artists in the UK and Germany.

Hey there 2014!

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Just 1.5 years ago I never could have known that I’d be where I am now and doing what I’m doing. It’s been a bizarre time with huge personal changes for me; I’ve had to do a lot of listening to what the little voice inside was telling me to do and follow signs that [...]

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Sheila E interview

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  Photo; Rob Shanahan Interview with Sheila E When I was growing up there weren”t many women who were playing drums in the public eye. Sheila E was one of my drum heroines; glamorous, in charge of her career and multi-talented, she showed me that women could be musicians. Fast forward twenty years and I [...]

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Thank you, Jan Faulkner, for being a great teacher and an even greater person

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I’m really saddened to have heard about the passing of a woman I only met a few times but who had a huge impact on my life; Jan Faulkner. I have vague memories of first meeting Jan when I was a child taking drum kit and percussion exams. Those exams were really enjoyable experiences for [...]

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She Makes War’s ‘Rattlesnake live’ and a free download of ‘Slow puncture’

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In August I had the pleasure of playing drums on a couple of gigs with She Makes War, made up of the SO-talented-I-can’t-tell-you-how-much-in-words Laura Kidd and her gorgeous gang of musicians, The Magpie Hearts. We had a ninja rehearsal in her living room, a gig in Bristol and then one the following day in London [...]

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