My father introduced me to folk music as he was a semi - pro back in the sixties.
My brother in law lived in Hanwell and invited me out to a gig. During the interval I was forced to sing on stage and after i had Steve wondered over to me and asked if i would like to be taught by him. Steve has collected many things off of some wonderful musicians and played with many top flight artists over the years. My basic approach to jazz impro is collected from Ivor moraints, My lead lines for his tracks; Knicked from Denny wright (his music partner, and accompanist to grappeli) from listening to his records. The chance to play with musicians like Dis Dizley, Johnny silvo. That to me is passing it on as you then put into practise everything that you have learnt in a live context. And a sheer all round ability to entertain in any genre. That is something that takes one person years to learn which I have picked up in three years.
I am truelly endebted to the great man.