I have a battered Fender Stratocaster at home, but these days Iâ€™d rather pickup my D18 Martin or Dobro to make music by hand. I did not start as a kid or anything, I just began to learn electric guitar in my 20s. A bit of touring in a hopeless band and years of covers band in cossie clubs, pubs and RSAs followed. Thatâ€™s how I battered my Fender. But by 1997 Iâ€™d had enough and gave it up, getting my weekends back and started going to the Bluegrass Society in Wellington with an acoustic guitar.
By 2003 I was in Auckland and I that year I got a bass for my birthday â€“ a complete surprise thanks to my partner Helen. Later on, through Bryan I met Neil, and did the Stop and Listen blues CD with him. I still love playing that music. The funny thing is, learning bass made me a better guitarist.
Then in 2011 I think it was, Bryan, Neil and I started this band with me on bass and after a short time we added Robbie Laven. The Remarkables name was a spur of the moment thing â€“ so was the repertoire as I recall.
But in 2013/14 I lived and worked in the UK, so that was that. But by mid-2016 I was back here, and was invited back in, this time on guitar and dobro.Â I occasionally sing a song too.
It good fun because Iâ€™ve always liked Americana, bluegrass and swing. As it happens I have never been much of a radio listener so I am afraid Phil Collins through to Lorde whatever was in between pretty much passed me by.
I donâ€™t care.