A powerful yet sensitive singer/songwriter with a relaxed, warm performing style.
Coming from the Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire, Colin delivers a mix of thought provoking songs that sometimes make you laugh, sometimes make you cry and often just make you feel good. Audiences find themselves singing along easily to "Australian Wine", a song about emigration, or "Looking For England", a slightly philosophical glance at modern life.
Although many of his songs are rooted in the experience of his rural background he is never afraid to write and sing about challenging issues such as stopping messing about with the Titanic, "Let Her Lie", or the plight of refugees, "The Dove Flies Over The Mountain". His nostalgic song about childhood seaside trips, "Footprints In The Sand", was featured on BBC Radio Somerset website to commemorate the Grand Pier at Weston Super Mare.
Also known for his interpretations of traditional and other writer's material, Colin's slide guitar version of Leadbelly's "Bring Me A Li'l Water Sylvie" is particularly popular.
Colin says that he was hooked on acoustic music from about seven years old after seeing Lonnie Donnegan on TV followed by the likes of Pete Seeger, The Kingston Trio, and Peter, Paul and Mary on Sunday Night At The London Palladium.
Even so, it was a tug of war between music and being a racing driver like his hero Graham Hill. He has a 1950 BRM racing car painted on a guitar case. However, the arrival of Bob Dylan, Martin Carthy and Carolyn Hester settled the issue once and for all.
First performing in folk clubs while a student in Swansea, Colin began to make a name for himself both there and in the Midlands appearing at such venues as The Cherry Trees Folk Club at Alcester, The Kings Head at Tewesbury, and particularly the very successful Evesham Folk Club at which he was resident singer. He remembers two highly significant events from this time that were to influence his music from then on. The first was buying a Tom Rush LP and the second was seeing Allan Taylor at Evesham Folk Club.
Family commitments meant that performing took a back seat for a while though his songwriting continued to develop through the 1980's. Colin re-emerged in the 1990's with two cassette albums, "Australian Wine and "Across The Great Divide" and a growing reputation for thoughtful yet simple songs by now being recorded by other artists including Heather Innes, Derek Giffard, Ciaran Dorris and Tony Portlock. Regular appearances at festivals such as Upton on Severn, Bedworth, Holford Arms and Four Fools saw Colin taking a prominent part in songwriting workshops. His songwriting credentials were further enhanced with the release of the CD "Looking For England".
After an enforced break Colin has begun performing again and is delighted to find his popularity undiminished. A new crop of songs on the album "March Monday Morning" is testimony to the fact that his songwriting skills are now even better. Already "The Rolling Ramillies" is attracting attention from a number of singers.