Performing live is where it all started musically for Gary. At high school he was always demanding slots at all the school shows and even at this early stage performed solo guitar, part of ensembles, played for singers and played in cover and original bands covering his own works and The Beatles to Radiohead.
Gary’s first band ‘Nine Miles High’ worked hard at the unsigned circuit in Scotland and made it to live sessions with Vic Galloway on BBC Radio Scotland and Jim Gellatly on, at the time, Beat 106 as well as T-Break (T In The Park) shows, gigs with Regular Music, PCL and DF Concerts and a main stage slot at The Wickerman Festival. As the singer, songwriter and guitarist and general manager of the band Gary learned his trade and oversaw his music going from his head, through rigorous practice schedules, out to the live circuits, cut onto records and then out on the radio.
Thinking back I loved those days, as a band we achieved a lot but the fairytale wasn’t to be. Maybe I didn’t work hard enough, maybe we didn’t get the luck, but I do think you make your own.
Undeterred by the set back Gary kept plugging away and performed many memorable shows with Tabasco Fiasco and more recently played the first few ‘Flux Velociraptor’ gigs one of which was with the incredible Vasquez and another supporting Stinking Lizaveta – a firm favorite of the whole band and indeed the underground music scenes in Livingston, Edinbugh & Glasgow.
The progressive & alternative rock thing I guess is just what comes out naturally and what I have almost exclusively focused on in terms of live performance. It all stems back to hearing ‘Rated R’ by Queens Of The Stone Age for the first time and that set me off on a journey of discovering weird, interesting and unusual rock composition. I wanted to play gigs and perform as an alternative and forward thinking musician, not the bog standard ‘rock thing’ everyone has heard over and over. I have been lucky to have seen live shows by ‘Stepdads’, ‘Secta Rouge’, ‘Hey Enemy’ and obviously ‘Vasquez’ to name but a few and it’s great to feel part of a movement of musicians who are into interesting music and straying from the norm. That’s what gets my respect.
As well as his own rock composition Gary performs solo classical, jazz and contemporary guitar whilst throwing in some of his own ‘fingerstyle’ compositions and there is more on this in the ‘corporate section’.