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1975      Buys first guitar and learns finger picking folk styles.





1977      Buys electric guitar after seeing The Clash at Leeds University. Forms punk rock band, The Heartless Thieves and records lost LP “Sucking Sugar from the Belly Button of Life”.


1982     Forms The Gargoyles with Eddie Smith and Paul Warhurst and begins writing crazy comedic Rockabilly tunes. Hugh Whitaker joins after spells with Hull band Mammoth, which has amongsts it's members Dave Rotheray on bass and Brian Lilley on guitar. Hugh is replaced in Mammoth by Dave Hemmingway.






1984      Ted meets Paul Heaton in The Tower venue in Hull. Feigns ability to play bass and sequesters Hugh into joining the Housemartins. Writes songs for first LP "London 0 Hull 4" with Heaton and Stan Cullimore.


1985     Tours extensively and signs to Go Disc! Records “Flag Day” EP.


              Records sessions for John Peel.


1986     Reforms The Gargoyles with Chris Elliot on guitar and Martin Owens on drums, and records “Mrs.Twodinners” and ”The Steamflapper” LPs. Establishes independent label, Reasonable Records with John Rowley of Hull band The Red Guitars.  Releases single “Mad Men from the Planet Sex” which breaks into the top 40!


1987     Awarded BMI gold disc for

London 0 Hull 4”.


1988     Produces singles for local bands including Pink Noise. Forms country covers group The Appalachian Dance Band.


1989     Awarded gold disc for “Now That’s What I Call Quite Good!”


1990     Decides it’s time for a proper job and re-trains as a Maths teacher.


1993     Gets job at Hull College. Starts a new version of The Heartless Thieves and plays local gigs.


1998     Forms jazz pop band Creased with Lisa Fenton, Andrew Swift and Dave Keach. London gigs and recordings. Folds in 2000.


2001     Starts Johnny Cash tribute band with school friend Dave Burnham.


2003     Adds Andy Swift on bass and Simon Higley on drums. Tours extensively.



2004     Steve Clark replaces Simon at the stool.


2007     Begins recording solo LP


2008     Releases first single, double A side “Autumnal Down” and “Can’t Stand the Rain”


2009     New album of songs released 1st July 2009

          "Madolescent Street"

2010     Releases e-single through Purple Worm

         Queen of Ella Street

         Starts YOURSONGS

2011     Performs one man show at FRUIT in Hull.                  Writes World Cup anthem for the Hull and East riding International World Cup 6 a side for the Goodwin Centre. Records new songs for Musical Production, 'The All New Kingston Ramblers' Audio Guide Volume One

2012      Completes recordings and makes available free to download at soundcloud. Continues to gig locally.


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