Chris tinkling his ivories
When I was about five, I used to pick out tunes on my parents' old piano in their front room and a couple of years later was encouraged to take piano lessons which I continued well into my twenties.
Although my early influences were Bach and Chopin, as a teenager I was fascinated by the musicality of Genesis’s Tony Banks, the keyboard wizardry of Rick Wakeman, the technicality of Keith Emerson and the creative artistry of Elton John who unlike the others could sing and play the piano brilliantly at the same time. At various times during the 70s and 80s I found myself trying to emulate all their keyboard styles and this has probably influenced my own natural playing style.
I was introduced to Genesis with their album Selling England By The Pound and having listened to Firth of Fifth I was instantly hooked. Trick of the Tail was the first album of theirs I actually bought followed by the live album Seconds Out . Since joining Nursery Cryme I have also revisited many of their early albums and have discovered some great music, which although being technically difficult and challenging to learn, is great to perform live.
I'm pleased that all our hard work has come to good effect and the feedback we receive at all our gigs is very satisfying.