I was born in Cyprus in July 1947, one half of twins, and with an
elder and younger sister, we were brought over to London around
1956. I made my debut as an entertainer in Cyprus when I was about
seven years old, local kids and people would entice me with fruit
and bread to act the clown and make them laugh, it's either that
or they thought I was hungry.
My first purchase using savings derived through
meagre pocket money, a paper round, and helping the lady next door
with her housework, was a reel to reel Grundig tape recorder, and
that was on hire purchase terms. I was ten years old and greatly
influenced by Elvis Presley. I even belonged to his official fan
club in the U.K. When it came to mods and rockers, I was definitely
a rocker. I loved all kinds of Rock 'n' Roll, Chuck Berry, Bill Hayley,
Jerry Lee Lewis, but Elvis was the main man. The loft area of our
house in Islington was mine. I transformed it into my own personal
studio where I would go and spend hours playing music, mixing, singing
and dancing. My twin brother Chris, God knows where he was, we were
twins but I tell you something, I hardly knew the guy, we just went
our separate ways from the beginning, occasionally we would meet
at the dinner table, and it was like “Hey how you doing, who
I left secondary modern school, or maybe I should
say pushed out at the age of fifteen virtually without an education,
and when you think that we came over when I was eight years old,
not speaking a word of English, which we had to learn first, and
without any extra help, it wont take much to figure out why.
My working life began as an office boy for a
firm of solicitors. I realised soon after that, that I did not know
much about anything and so I began studying at home, and took on
some courses at a local evening college. I spent about seven years
working in offices in the Travel industry, and about three years
self employed also in Travel. I did a lot of travelling during that
time being in the business, mainly with free tickets, and count
myself very fortunate for that as I got to learn a lot about the
World and life. Circumstances in later years propelled me to look
for other ways to make a living, D.I.Y was always of interest to
me and so at the age of forty seven I went back to school. I am
now a fully qualified Plumber, Carpenter and a dab hand at most
building skills. My last official profession was as a Building Contractor.
This July I am going to be sixty one years old
going on ten, I am a health enthusiast, gave up smoking seven years
ago, I enjoy a couple of glasses of wine occasionally, I jog and
swim when I have the time, and still practise my Karate kicks as
I am a Black belt which I earned about five years ago. I love most music, but I tend to go for music with a kick and a
big noise, as I am sure you have noticed. My philosophy in life
is go with what is in your heart not what is appropriate, and certainly
not what is in your pocket, and laugh a lot.
I have never had any singing lessons, although
I do believe that vocal training is important no matter how well
you sing. I have had so much fun so far, enjoying the ride, and
certainly looking forward to what’s coming next. Singing to
me means creating something tone fully beautiful that encircles
the whole being making the absurd and ridiculous obsolete and unimportant.
I would like to share that.
In April 2005 I booked into a recording studio and recorded a couple
of songs. For me it was for fun, to see if I could sing and what
I sounded like. The response was so positive that I learnt more
songs and went back and recorded another 23! Apart from the odd
song I have sung in front of a few people, I had up to now not done a live
show. Instead I have concentrated on finding other songs I was
interested in, listening and learning the songs for future recordings.
I have also been attending the Grove Rehearsal Studios in West London
regularly for 2-3 hour sessions to practise singing outside of a
recording studio, using a PA system.
Recording other people’s songs (cover songs)
is not as rewarding as putting out original material, nevertheless,
wonderful songs such as these, sung with a fresh style can be enjoyed
over and over. I am confident that if you enjoyed the originals,
you will enjoy my versions. For me it’s not about making money
selling cover songs; it’s practically impossible anyway once
production costs, royalty payments and licence fees are settled.
It’s more about playing the music and expanding on that.
12 December 2008 performed live at The Grove Rehearsal Studios’ Christmas Party. Notting Hill, London 150 Guests.
08 July 2009 performed live at Bolton, Burden and Kemp Solicitors’ Private Function, Islington, London 200 Guests
20 February 2010 performed live at a Charity Event. Tiverton, Devon 150 Guests
03 July 2010 performed live at Arundel and Elgin Private Gardens. Notting Hill, London. 300 Guests.
3rd July 2010 ongoing , have completed many lives shows, open mic sessions and so on, far too many to include here.