I recorded the album 'Invisible Journeys' with Tim Wheater in 2004. It was recorded in the Ancient city of Bath, with the help of David Lord (ex. Peter Gabriel, Goldfrapp, XTC, Corgis).
The album was picked up by an american record label in 2005 and was nominated in the 'Best New Age Album' Category of the Grammy Awards in 2006. It was a lovely surprise to have been considered for such an award, and much as we didn't win it meant a lot and I'm very proud of it.
It is an album of sanskrit devotional chants, which we toured extensively around the world, performing at numerous music and Mind Body Spirit festivals. The 'Visions' Festival in New Zealand, many events across Norway, Sweden and Finland - and a wealth of events within the United Kingdom. We opened for the author Neale Donald Walsch at a number of his UK appearances, and always enjoyed performing at the Mind Body Spirit events in both London and Manchester.
As you'll hear, my speciality vocally is free voice harmonising, improvisation and knowing when the silence says it better. Somehow 18 years have passed since we recorded it in the little studio overlooking the city of Bath, but I'm pleased to say that I still occasionally get kind emails about it and have very fond memories of the whole experience.
In 2010 I collaborated with Tim again on the 'This Sacred Love' album released under the name 'Hummingbird'. The songs were co-written with Andy Blissett at his studios in Oxford and were performed by Sudha, a beautiful Danish vocalist. The album was toured extensively, and songs from both projects are still performed at Yoga Festivals worldwide.
In 2019 I rewrote (and subsequently cast and directed) the Pogues 'Fairytale of New York' to reflect my love of the Shipping Forecast. It was performed on stage as part of the 'Cosmic Shambles' Comedy, Music and Science event, and much as no recording exists of the performance, I still count it as one of the high points in my career. It featured the award winning Actress and Author Jessica Regan as narrator, Australian Singer and Lyricist Rebecca 'Freyja' Rennie on lead vocals, and Jazz legend Jim Rattigan on Accordion, ably assisted by the house band. It was part of a great night and raised loads of money for The Trussell Trust.
I'm constantly writing new material - catching and developing odd lines into full songs and wrangling 40 years of feelings into words. I'm insprired as ever by musicians such as Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Knightley, Diana Krall, Howard Jones, Alison Krauss, Pink Floyd, Elbow, and many more.