Going to church in Tyneside and singing hymn tunes. ‘For Those In Peril On The Sea’ was my favourite, but we sang it when a fishing boat was missing, so it was always a hymn imbued with great power.
‘Bass Culture’ by Linton Kwesi Johnson. John Kpyaje,the guitarist on the album, was a huge influence on me. I also learned to play bass guitar by listening to this record.
My playing on my new record, ‘God Is Love’ is getting close to what I want to hear coming out of my guitar, (an 8-string Allan Beardsell Manouche 4G model). Neil hand-winds the strings for the guitar for me. I’m also using a Fylde Ariel, for this record, which is strung with Masterclass Nickelwounds 12-52.