I was born in England, grew up in Ireland, and live in Scotland. Worked as a musician, then as a theatre technician, then performer and writer, then dramaturg for several years; currently work in magazine/new media publishing. Have been playing and worrying about music since I was 14. Took a course in music theory. Have studied jazz. Play a lot of guitar (and stylophone, toy accordion, ukulele and drums; used to play bass guitar and briefly played slap bass in a bluegrass band). Apples of eye: I (wife), L (daughter, born 2007). Secondary apples of eye: Fender Telecaster and Sibelius 5.