Bob : Guitars

bob_band“I’m the youngest (ages on a postcard please!) and also the quietest spoken member. I started playing guitar at 15, back in the days when Heavy Metal was king (I was a big Iron Maiden fan as a teenager. The first gig I attended was Monsters of Rock at Donnington Park, 1988)

As a young lad, I’d spend Saturday afternoons at home with Mum playing Elvis and Bill Haley on the record player (don’t you just love vinyl!) In the evening, (hello Zeppelin fans!) my uncle, who also lived at the same house, would play his records in the backroom; Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Groundhogs, Shel Silverstein (is there anyone out there with a copy of ‘Inside Folk Songs’?) and a little known band called The Beatles.

He also introduced me to PROG. He loaned me Fragile by Yes. And I lapped it up, loved it. It was so 70’s, but I loved it. It was when I joined Strangefish that my progressive rock vocabulary grew. Paul introduced me to ‘Selling England by The Pound’ by Genesis, plus more Yes with some It Bites to finish. And this is the part where I say that Francis Dunnery is one of my all time musical influences. Today, I listen to all kinds of music regardless of whether it’s pop or prog. From Led Zeppelin to Prince, Frank Zappa to Air, Richard Thompson (who I also admire) to Tenacious D, diversity is my middle name.

When you’re in the presence of people who are not only band members but your mates, and top ones at that, life in Strangefish is bloody good. Friendship, support, comedy, and the fusion of six creative and talented musicians are the qualities that make this band stand out.”