Sid is the son of a ship yard worker from Bangor, Northern Ireland. His music practice began in the mid 80’s in rockabilly and garage bands. Moving to London at 17 and working as a hospital porter he developed an interest in jazz and blues visiting the 100 Club, Dingwalls and Station Tavern. Returning to Northern Ireland Sid worked as a library assistant and taught himself music theory from library books before embarking on formal study and a colourful career in composition. Surge has existed as a 9 piece band since 2002 and the current
“Inspiring, wildly creative music of avant garde bite yet emotional
weight” The Independent. Since it’s release ‘La Fete’ is
generating much excitement and great reviews.“A youthful vitality
not heard since Django Bates and Loose Tubes raised Ronnie
Scotts rafters a generation ago.” ***** London Evening Standard.