THE STORY BEHIND FLETCHER BAY...
I grew up in an old farmhouse with my father Jerry in Northamptonshire. It was there he taught me to play guitar and age fifteen we formed a band, named Dexter's Incident & we performed in local pubs together. Sadly, my father battled with mental health which was extremely hard, so it is reflected in much of my earlier music. He remained a true inspiration & friend to me. Nine years ago when I was travelling in New Zealand, my Dad came out to join me for a few weeks and we discovered this idyllic place at the end of the Coromandel Peninsula called Fletcher Bay, a hair-raising clifftop drive to a remote beauty spot.
Tragically, my father passed away last year, on the same day I released my Changing EP. As fate would have it, I had used an old photo of him, a professional potter at Whichford Pottery in The Cotswolds, on the cover as I had written the song 'Changing' about him getting better. I didn't know what was about to happen next and I'm still grieving but I am now happy that I can make my new EP a tribute. The Wild Winds EP signifies an acceptance. I was lucky enough to return to Fletcher Bay to scatter my Father's ashes, a moment I will remember for a lifetime and our friends in Coromandel Town will forever be able to visit. It inspired the song and the lyrics.
I hope you enjoy the music.