My life began as a musician when my parents arranged piano lessons for me at 11 years of age. This was after they observed my ability to play tunes using a toy whistle.
Years later I became part of a Morris team which aroused an interest in the melodeon. Ten years later I purchased a concertina at Rosudgeon car boot fair which did not feel right for me. I exchanged it for a beautiful melodeon at our local antique shop and took it to Mike Rowbotham in St Ives, who maintains and sells them. I discovered that it was Irish one and I would have difficulty playing the tunes required for a Morris team due to the placing of the melody buttons. I sold the Irish melodeon which enabled me to buy a Hohner melodeon previously owned by a deceased Kent Morris man before it was sold to Mike.
I am now a member of the local Golowan Band after teaching myself to play the melodeon since February 2012. Accompanying talented musicians has been a challenge but it has also improved my ability considerably. I enjoy attending the festivals and performances with them.
St Pirans 2017
Christmas atmosphere in Penzance, a procession for Humphry Davy’s Birthday on 17th December 2016.