Born: September 14, 1939
Born in Ardrew, Athy Ireland. Began music lessons on piano but gave up due to aggressive attitude of teacher, who was a knuckle-rapper. Took up clarinet in university (self-taught) inspired by Johnny Dodds and Sidney Bechet and by the revival of traditional jazz that was the taking place in Europe.Then heard Lester Young & Billie Holiday (on recordings.) Took up tenor saxophone in 1963. Emigrated to New Zealand in 1971. Spent a few years in Victoria, Australia (2001-'06). Played with various groups in the South Gippsland area. Returned to NZ 2006. Playing in the Northland region.