How many bands have I been a member of? The time when i could count them is long past. I formed my first band at high school with school mates Michael Edwards (piano), Leo Botham (Bass) , and Roy - name eludes me now (drums). We played instrumentals made famous by the Shadows and some of my early intrumental compositions influenced by these surf guitar hits. Later I answered an ad in the Manly Daily and, while still at school, landed a job as lead guitarist with a local rock band - I can't remember the name of the band now - and began playing at hotels while still underage, with my Vibratone guitar and a homemade guitar amp which once sent me flying across the room with shock. One vague memory from those teen years was supporting Masters Apprentices at Beacon Hill High School basket ball court.
I met Roderick Morgan during my first year at the University of Sydney who was a big influence on my songwriting and we began jamming together. I bought a Burns Bison from his friend Keith Grey. I was asked by a uni friend to play at a concert at Hyde Park and that's were I met my future wife Cammie Lindon and another lifelong friend Malcolm Smith. With Cammie and Roderick I began perfroming at coffee shops and restaurants. I also formed a band with Malcolm which went on to back Phil Jones as the New Quintessence.