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Instruments     Guitar  Mandolin  Double Bass  5 String Banjo

Geoff has been playing and singing as a soloist and with many band line ups since 1966. He has very broad musical tastes from classical concert and opera to traditional music via rock and blues. His background (excusing a teenage fad playing Beatles and 'Stones) has mainly been in the traditional folk music of the British Isles playing with groups focusing on many different regional and genre strands, playing mainly Guitar, banjo, whistles and mandolin.
            Playing with "Fair Isle" in South West  England and "Stubbs" and later "Quart" in the Birmingham area in the 1960's and 70's the focus was on Celtic music, Irish and Scottish. Whilst living in Plymouth in the 1970's he also sang with local shanty singers and other groups singing and playing music local to the region.
Returning to the Midlands he worked mainly with Martin Allen and Jim Beaufoy (ex.Farriers) as "Tinkers Cuss" developing a wide repertoire of songs  relating to traditional industries and the English Midlands, playing folk clubs across the region. They also acted as a resident group in the long existence of the "Lock Stock and Barrel" folk club

In the 1990's Geoff took a break from groups and clubs and worked with local drama groups in Worcestershire putting live music into productions of works by Charles Dickens, Laurie Lee, and Catherine Cookson. He followed this by writing and producing a series of musical productions for schools using music from the 19th century to the present day to illustrate key issues in history.
  An attempt to poach Trevor to play fiddle for some of Geoff's new songs rebounded as Trevor recruited Geoff to the "
Ridge Top Mountain Boys".  Being new to the Bluegrass Genre, Geoff has been re-enthused with live group playing , exploiting a new repertoire of songs and focusing on improving his banjo work harking back to his student days playing with American influenced Trad Jazz and Jug Bands