I am a composer, a recording artist and an ecologist. All of these activities are related, although it is only in recent years that they have overlapped. If you’d told me ten years ago that one day I’d be a recording artist signed to one of the biggest independent record labels in the world I wouldn’t have believed you, although something in me would have been awakened by the possibility.
My passion and my work is to find ways to conserve a place for nature, for the beautiful woodlands, grasslands and heathlands and the vast range of species that they support. My job is to help other people to achieve their goals in their work to conserve the beautiful land that we have here in Wales.
I compose and record instrumental music because, for some reason, wordless music has always fascinated me most. People often ask me if I might write lyrics for the songs, as though perhaps something is missing. I don’t feel like that. I’ve always felt that a good instrumental composition will tell its own story and doesn’t require words to guide the listener.
I was signed to the Real Music label in California in 2009. That was one of the most important days of my life. It meant somebody else, somebody who’s opinion really counted, liked my music enough to invest in it. Since then I’ve released 4 albums on the label and they can be found pretty much anywhere on the internet for sale or for streaming. My new album Lichens is my first as an independent artist and has been described as my best yet, although I am unable to make such distinctions.
My albums have been nominated in the Zone Music Reporter and Hollywood Music in Media Awards, have been played on radio stations (and even aeroplanes) all over the world and have appeared on the itunes top 10 in several countries including the USA, Germany, Sweden, Portugal and New Zealand.
2015: WINNER: One World Music Radio Awards: Best Acoustic Instrumental Album – Lichens
2015: Nomination: Hollywood Music and Media Awards: Best Instrumental Composition -“Remember” from the album “Lichens”
2011: Nomination: ZMR Awards: Best Instrumental Album – Island of Anywhere
2010: Nomination: ZMR Awards: Best Instrumental Album – Round River
2009: Nomination: ZMR Awards: Best New Artist – Time Stands Still
Have a listen by clicking on the tab above or on the side bar. I hope you like it.
In this blog I like to share pictures (usually the beautiful photos of my friend Mike Alexander, the best teacher I ever had), songs I’ve recorded, and write about my work in nature conservation. I try not to write about things I don’t know much about 🙂