THROUGH HIS EARLY YEARS THE MUSIC PLAYED BY HIS MOTHER RUTH WAS A HUGE INFLUENCE ON HIM, REGULARLY BEING SURROUNDED BY THE SOUNDS OF JOHN MAYALLCREAMDEREK & THE DOMINOSMOTOWNRORY GALLAGHERDIRE STRAITS, AND MAINSTREAM POP OF THE 80'S VIA THE REGULAR SUNDAY EVENING TOP 40 ON BBC RADIO 1.

Photography: Jurgen Blueslover

This healthy diet of Blues / Rock and Pop inspired him to take up the electric guitar at the age of 14.

By the end of his teens Greg was well and truly obsessive about music, but a change of instrument came via the influence of the popular Jazz Funk band Jamiroquai. Hearing the bass lines provided by Stuart Zender really left an impression with him, this was more than a technical wooing, it was the sound of the bass guitar, something connected on a visceral, spiritual level. It was not long before after 7 years of electric guitar the inevitable happened, and the switch to bass was made. 

 

 

 

Greg like most serious aspiring musicians has always felt a pressure and a need to be better, to improve and explore both the instrument, and music in general to a higher level. Reaching a sticking point with self tuition Greg embarked on a journey into music education. At 21 years old he was accepted on to a Popular Music Programme at Boston College, gaining formal grades on bass, and more importantly the introduction to Jazz music by his tutor Ray Fenwick (Spencer Davis Group). Ray is a seasoned veteran musician, with a style akin to Robben Ford at times. It was under Ray's wing that Greg learnt about quality, tone, and the importance of a good work ethic.

In 2002 Greg moved to London to study bass guitar performance at BassTech, it was here that he really refined / honed his skills on the instrument, becoming fully versed in Latin, Pop, Rock, Blues, Funk & Jazz styles, combined with developing his theoretical knowledge and applying it practically through improvisation & composition. Greg returned to Lincolnshire, finally settling in the City of Lincoln to embark upon a career teaching & performing. From 2006 to 2015 Greg worked at Access To Music College Lincoln as course manager and teacher on the level 3 performance course.

Greg has provided low-end for several varied musical projects over the years, including Dutch based Blues artist, phenomenal vocalist and friend Sean Webster in "The Sean Webster Band". In Sean's band Greg has had the fortune to share stages with British Blues greats Jon Amor and Aynsley Lister among others.

Greg's latest bass role as of  Jan 2017 is with the multi British Blues Award winning Laurence Jones Band, featuring Laurence Jones, longtime friend and bandmate / drummer Phil Wilson (Scott Mckeon, Jesse Davy, Sean Webster) and Bennett Holland (King King) on Keys.

Notable achievements to date were as the bass player for originals band DJUNE, supporting such artists as The KooksThe Pigeon DetectivesOcean Colour SceneAthlete, & British Sea Power.

Greg's playing style has been influenced by Pino Palladino, Roscoe Beck, John Paul Jones, Paul Chambers, Tim Commerford, Francis 'Rocco' Prestia, Marcus Miller, Josh Homme, James Jamerson, Chuck Rainey, Aston 'Family Man' Barrett, Ron Carter, Stuart Zender, Paul Turner, Jack White, Bootsy Collins, Carol Kaye and many more.