Multi-Instrumentalist / Singer / Songwriter / Recording Artist...


Craig has a very broad and diverse background in the music industry ranging from early ' 'gig' bands, shows and TV appearances culminating in the albums and singles he now writes and produces which are available on most platforms worldwide...

Labeled 'The Classic Rock of Tomorrow' Craig has an original catalogue of material that stands up straight with any other artists of similar standing past and present with some pretty solid reviews to back it up...


                                   

                                                                                                             Craig plays all of the instruments on his recordings as well as sequencing with the bass guitar being his chosen instrument for upcoming shows that are currently in the planning stages.... Sporting a brand new Hofner bass, which in Craig's opinion is 'simply a great guitar', Craig is optimistic that some live shows could come together if the right musicians can be molded into a tight unit while being equally philosophical that if it doesn't happen it really isn't that bigger deal; it's the writing and recording that is most paramount in Craig's career and is a continual journey of artistic expression full of inspirational challenges that are eagerly met with unbounded enthusiasm and energy...

The Hofner bass wasn't intended to label Craig as a 'McCartney' tribute styled artist but Craig, who played a Hofner in his early recording days, found it much better to play than the previous Ibanez Stage Gear guitar, much lighter with a better range; Craig's take on it is "it's like that story 'The Magic Flute' it just plays itself, has a great sound, is light as a feather and best typifies the 'Classic Rock' era I grew up in"...  

Craig has a good reputation for playing lead guitar, often being compared to Hank B Marvin of The Shadows, Craig performed many shows in the '90s that started as Shadows tribute styled shows but quickly included some very strong original guitar numbers that were released locally at the time as cassette singles and also sold well in the early 2000's on CD at what would be the final instrumental shows of Craig's career... 

Due to a recent resurgence of interest some of these tracks have been released under the band name 'Men of Mystery' after being remastered; the band name is more a reference to so many different musicians being used for the tracks rather than another Shadows tribute band although it is a bit 'tongue-in-cheek'...   

An accomplished bass guitarist long before being a lead guitarist; it was a natural choice for Craig to choose the bass for any potential live shows although Craig still treasures his 1974 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster which is featured on all of Craig's recordings...

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