I began writing songs at the age of 14 and have recorded and performed music in various bands for most of my life. Songwriting is my way of connecting and sharing life experiences with others and my song lyrics often have an edge and a surprise, mostly for me! I also enjoy performing with poets and actors, producing and recording their CD's and voice reels.
Sometime in 2005 I made the decision to finally 'put myself out there' as a songwriter, knowing that if I didn't do it then at the tender age of nearly 55, then I never would! Along the way, I have been really lucky to work with a lot of other wonderful musicians in various 'bands'. Quite a few of these people have become close friends who have believed in me and my music and inspired me in their own ways to write my songs and get out on stage. Here are some biographies and backgrounds of people currently in the band and helping me getting my songs 'out there'.
(Badly Drawn Buddhist) 2016
Paul Meager lives in Bristol with his family and has played in many ceilidth bands. He studied music at Dartington College of Arts and Royal Forest of Dean College and works as a Music Therapist. He has dropped in on Fridges gigs for many years and, after joining us for several gigs in 2018 he joined The Fridge Mechanics in 2019. He brings great energy to our gigs, and plays inventive and creative fiddle on many of our songs. We are really looking forward to playing some gigs this year with him.
Glyn Owen has been a percussionist since he learnt orchestral percussion through the Bristol Music School and then began transferring this knowledge into playing the drum kit. He has played drums with many Bristol based bands such as Dirtbox and the Cats Whiskers Ceilidh Band and also plays guitar and sings with Catbrain Hill and the Woodlands Church Group in Bristol. He joined the Fridges in mid 2017 and the songs are really benefiting from his imaginative, expressive drumming alongside Jon Attree's bass lines.
Jon Attree from the Forest of Dean has been playing bass guitar for many years for bands such as Ghost of a Dog and Northstar Folk. He is a well known and respected musician on the South Wales and South West UK circuit and is a keen photographer.
He joined the Fridge Mechanics band mid-2017 and has already added his melodic and steady bass to many of our songs.
Evie Rainey is the first member of our family on my wife Sarah's side we have ever played with! She has been playing, teaching and singing music all her life. A recent arrival to the UK, she hails originally from New Zealand, growing up in Nelson and living more recently in the capital city, Wellington. In New Zealand she has sung in national vocal groups and performed regionally on keys and violin, including with the Shetland Fiddlers in the Edinburgh Tattoo in Wellington. Now living in Exeter, she sings with the Exeter Festival Chorus, and an a capella group Tess and the d’Urbervilles. She’s over the moon to be joining Barry Lane and the Fridge Mechanics on vox and keys for 2019!
Richard Godfrey has been playing guitar since he was 8 years old and started playing & performing in bands in and around Devon from the age of 13. After moving to Bristol in 2006 with this previous band he continued to play and perform at various venues in Bristol.
Work and raising a young family have taken more of a priority recently and it been 8 years since Richard has played in a band however his passion for music has never dwindled and finds inspiration in most music types and lists and range of influences from Radiohead to Blues Greats such as Freddy King.
Rich joined the Fridges in February 2019 and has already brought some lovely new guitar sounds to our songs.