I auditioned for
Ivy in the summer of 1979, after leaving London College of music. She
offered me some work in Germany which I was unable to do, as I already
had some work in. However, she came back to me a few months later and
my first gig with her was at the Beck Theatre, Hayes.
We did a number
of 'one off gigs' but also summer seasons on Hayling Island (1981) and
The Isle of Man (1983).We also did an extremely cold Xmas season on
Hayling Island (1981). The last gigs were again one off functions, before
As far as I can recollect, the last gig the band ever did was a function
at the Whitbread Brewery in Chiswell Street, London. Unfortunately,
I can't remember when it was, possibly 1983.
The band was
much smaller than in it's heyday, often 3 front line only. However,
when I first joined, it was bigger and was augmented on occasions eg.
Russell Harty TV show.
Since the end of the band, I continued working for other function bands
and in theatre, in particular the National Theatre.
During my time with her I married and had my first son (which I don't
think she was too pleased about.) I now have 2 sons and work as a peripatetic
teacher in Barnet.