Who Am I?

I was born in Cape Town, South Africa.  I was actively involved in music throughout my school years playing & studying instruments like piano & trumpet.  My interest in music came when I picked up the guitar at age 17.

Actively studying all styles including Blues, Jazz & Folk, I gradually moved towards fingerstyle acoustic guitar and am now one of the few local exponents of acoustic fingerstyle technique.  My composition combines this challenging technique with an eclectic range of folk influences from around the world.

Early influences include Neil Young and especially Blues artist, Rory Block. More recent influences include various fingerstyle guitarists like Leo Kottke, Pepino D’Agostino, Martin Simpson, Doyle Dykes, Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, Alex De Grassi, Tony Cox, Steve Newman, Pierre Bensusan etc.

After returning from London in 2001 and settling in Stellenbosch, I have been a fulltime teacher, specialising in all acoustic guitar styles with an avid student following ranging from primary school to adults.

Also a singer/songwriter, I collaborated with the likes of Thomas Channell, Luna,  a four piece alt country band who perform nationwide and Francois (“Die Ha-Man”) le Roux, performing in art festivals like KKNK, Oppikoppi and various gigs. Recent projects include solo performances & duo acoustic project with mandolin player Brendon Bussy.

In 2006, I was part of a group, The Illyrian Players, who performed at the 50 year anniversary of the Maynardville Open Air Theatre in Wynberg, Cape Town Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night.

In between lessons, I worked on my first solo album which was recorded at Sunset Recording Studios, Banhoekvallei in December 2006 to January 2007.  On the CD I sing and play guitar and piano. Contributing artists include Brendon Bussy on mandolin, Jan-Hendrik Harley on viola and Tim Rankin on percussion.