The Early Years...

My first band was the "4 a Ramblers" at the age of eleven. 4a was the name of the class in junior school. Instruments consisted of a washboard, a wooden box with a broomhandle and a piece of string attached, (this was the double bass), and a four string plastic Elvis Presley guitar, (this was played? by me). This was a present from my parents for passing my 11 plus exam. There was a box of some kind that one attached to the neck! You then pressed a button and this miraculously resulted in a chord being sounded. Ah, the wonders of technology!

Learnt my first real chords on the guitar at the age of 12 from my old mate Barry Hammett. This lead to the forming of our first group "The Primitives". Our very first gig was in Penlan old people's home. We rocked 'em and they loved it???

The name of the band was later changed to "The Saints". At this time everyone went through an AC 30 amplifier! I mean the guitars, bass and vocal mic! Must have sounded good! We'd come a long way from Selmer Little Giants and Bird amplifiers! Errol, our bass player had the first Fender precision bass that I ever saw! I loved those low notes and would play on it as often as possible.

At age 16: Started playing bass. My Mother bought me a Hofner Beatle bass, which I used for many years, and which I still have. Did many, many gigs with the Saints in teenage years, as well as playing in many other line ups during this era. This was the era when every street boasted at least two bands. The funny thing is that we were all playing almost every night.

Age 17: In between the rock'n'roll, I got introduced to the local dance band scene! Couldn´t read a note of music but the old boys were very patient with me. Played swing for the first time.

Age 19-23: Various rock bands. "Cherry Pie". Derek Morgan's dance band in The Caswell Bay hotel. Viv's dance band in the Langland Court hotel. Various concert parties in working men's clubs. Recorded in London with Brian Breeze. First time recording in a professional studio for one of my songs.

At age 23: First professional job playing six nights a week in the local Top Rank ballroom. Learnt to read music.

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Age 24-30: "Glen ballroom big band", "The Johnny Francis Band". Hundreds of incestuous local group formations. "The Trembling Knees", to this day one of my favourite ever bands.

Age 30-33: Learnt my studio craft with many sessions in The "Alkatraz" Studio(**) in Port Talbot, South Wales. First real experiences of London and the recording scene! European tour with "Digby Richards Band"(**) supporting "Dolly Parton". "Faded Glory"(**), a very fine 50's style rock'n'roll band, we even played a couple of my songs. Many jingle sessions in Swansea Sound studios. Many rock'n'roll bands.

Age 34-36: Butlins and Pontins holiday camps. Caribbean cruise ships (started to develop a heavy interest in jazz, but always a rock'n'roller at heart). "Faded Glory"(**).

Age 37-?: Recorded some of my songs in Loco studios, Gwent, South Wales. My first real experience as producer. "Trevor Trott Trio"(*), "Dave Tipton Band"(*), "Jim O'Rourke Band"(*) featuring Donal Lunny and Davy Spillane. "Huw Chiswell Band"(**). Tours of Wales with Welsh theatre companies(**). BBC and HTV television sessions(**). "The Broadcasters"(*), "The Breeze"(*), "The Peter Welch Band"(**), "The Mary Whitehouse Experience", etc. etc..

(*) Featuring Terry Williams on drums.
(**) Featuring John "Pugwash" Weathers on drums.

Age 45: Moved to Austria - studio and live work:
Bellvana, Rainhard Fendrich, Harold Faltermayer, Peter Muller, Andy Beit, Tony O'Malley, Gert Schuller, Alex Deutsch, Robby Musenbichler, Chuck Lemonds, Ripoff Raskolnikov, Günter Grasmuck, Opus, Ismael Barrios, Boris Bukovsky, Power Project, Alex Rehak, Wilfried, Hans Theesink, Nik P and Reflex, Teddy Kumple, Jan Pieter Martens, Mr Voice, Corry Gass, Gottfried David Gfrerer, Jörg Haberl, Piwi Media, Peter Moritz, Extraordinary, Sonnenwasser, Rupert Metnitzer, Andy Fabianek, Randy Sabine, Clyde Stubbelfield, Howard "Guitar" Luetdke, Brian Breeze, Terry Williams, John Sass, Peter Ratenegger, Anna.F, Otto Kechner, Ewald Pfleger.

The Austrian Years...  [TOP]

1992: "Let's get up" - Bertl Moser and Wolfgand Eltner
(Welcome Sound Studio / Austria)
Bass Guitar

1993: "Baby all I need is you" - Alex Rehak
(Magic Studio / Austria)
Bass Guitar

1994: "Still Imagine" - Power Project
(Magic Studio / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Backing vocals

1994: "Katerfrühstück" - Wilfried
(Magic Studio / Austria)
Bass Guitar

1994: "Maria" - Maria
(Bleiburg Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar

1994: "Vacation" - Vacation
(Neue Welt Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar

1994: "Refugee" - Bellvana
(Welcome sound Studio / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Vocals / Songwriter / Producer

1995: "Live at the Opera" - Mr. Voice
( Splash Mobile Studio / Austria)
Bass Guitar

1995: "Makin' Waves" - Robby and the Splash
( Splash Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Lyrics (plus cd title)

1995: "Triamped" - Hughes and Kettner
( Splash Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar

1995: "I Can´t Get Over You" - Robby and Splash
(The Splash Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Lyrics

1996: "Travellers" - Bellvana
(Living Room Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Songwriter

1996: "Johnny Believes" - Robby and The Splash
(Splash Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Lyrics (plus cd title)

1996: "For a moment's Gain" - Chuck Lemonds
(Randy´s Recording Studio-Wisconsin USA)
Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals

1996: "Wheels in Motion" - Robby and The Splash
(Splash Recording Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Lyrics (plus cd title)

1997: "One Step At A Time" - Two´s Up
(Splash Studios / Austria)
Lyrics (plus cd title and band name)

1997: "Pearls" - Robby and The Splash
(Splash Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Lyrics

1998: "Someday" - Mr. Voice
(Splash Studios / G.S. Planet Studio / Musicgarden / Perfect Sound Studios /
Austria -
The Townhouse / London)
Bass Guitar / Lyrics

1998: "Road To Limbo" - Chuck Lemonds
(X-art Studios / Austria)

1998: "Bursting Bubbles" - Robby and The Splash
(Splash Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Lyrics (plus cd title)

1999: W.M song "Reach For The Skies" -
(Splash Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Lyrics

1999: "Shining Like A Butterfly" - Jan Pieter Martens
(Salzamt Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar

1999: "Bad Girl" - Robby and The Splash
(Splash Studios / Austria)
Bass guitar / Lyrics

1999: Tony Maier
(Barnbach Music School / /Austria)
Bass Guitar

1999: "Time" - Corry Gass
(Musicgarden Studio / Austria)
Bass Guitar

1999: "Magic Guitars - Robby Musenbichler
(Splash Studio / Perfect sound Studio / Knopperstudio / / Music and More Studios)
Bass Guitar

2000: "One Day at a Time" - Gabriel Vana
(Ding Dong Studios / /POM Studios RADWERK 14 / Austria)
Bass Guitar / E-Guitar / Accoustic Guitar / Vocal Harmonies / Producer / Co-Songwriter

2000: "Epique" - Jan Pieter Martens
(Recorder Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Vocals

2000: "Pay to Play" - David Bell
(Ding Dong Studios / POM studios RADWERK 14 / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Electric and Accoustic Guitars / Vocals / Producer / Songwriter

2000: "sChOOl Days" - Studio Percussion Schlagzeugschule
Ding Dong Studios / Kunstuniversitäte Studio Graz / Austria
Songwriter - (Sometimes)

2001: "Alone and Accoustic" - Ripoff Raskolnikov
(Ding Dong Studios / POM studios RADWERK 14 / Austria)
Producer

2001:- Nik P and Reflex
(Stall Records Studio / Austria
Bass Guitar

2001: "Fi 5 ve" - Robby and The Splash
(Splash Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Lyrics

2002: "Freefalling" - Extraordinary
(POM Studios RADWERK 14 / Austria
Songwriter - (Waiting for the phone to ring)

2002: "Changes" - Robby and The Splash
(Splash Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Lyrics

2002: "Ein Saitensprung" - Rainhard Fendrich / (CD and DVD)
(Recorded live in Ronacher Theatre / Vienna)
Gig Records / BMG
Bass Guitar

2003: "Sonnenwasser" - Sonnenwasser
(Koko Studios / Audio Electric Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar

2003: "Lucid Moments" - Ripoff Raskolnikov
(Ding Dong Studios / Austria)
Producer

2004: "Breaking Ground" - ROX 4
(Splash Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Lyrics

2004: "Auf Leben" - Rainhard Fendrich
(BMG / Austria)
Bass Guitar

2004: "Jetzt" - Rainhard Fendrich / (DVD)
(BMG / Austria)
Bass Guitar

2005: "Song For George" - David Bell
(Ding Dong Studios / Austria)
Bass Guitar / Electric and Acoustic Guitars / Vocals / Keyboards / Percussion / Producer

2005: "Pink Roshi" - Chuck Lemonds
(Strawberry Studios / P&G Studios / Austria)
Producer

2006: "The path of life" - ROX 4
(Splash Studios / Austria)
Lyrics (Children of Darkness)

2006: "Bad and Mad" - Mr.Voice
(Splash Studios / POM studios RADWERK 14 / Austria)
Lyrics (all songs)

2008: "Borderless" - ROX 4
Lyrics (5 songs)

2008: "Cafe Drechsler is back" - Cafe Drechsler
Bass (5 songs)
Songwriter (Most of all)
Accoustic Guitar (Most of all)

2009: Anna F. "Most of all"
Songwriter

2010: Anna F. "For real"
Songwriter (Most of all)

2010: "Different" - ROX4
Lyrics (3 songs)

2011: "GO" - ROX4
Lyrics (6 songs)

2012: Marina Zettl - "Thin Ice"
Lyrics (2 songs)

2013: "Human Dong" - Raphael Meinhart
Lyrics (Changes)

to be continued...  [TOP]