started his fascination with drums at a very early age in the mid to late sixties, largely
due to the fact that his mother was a Beatles fan and would constantly play their records.
After years of emulating his idol, Ringo, using biscuit tins and pieces of furniture, he
finally persuaded his parents to buy him a second-hand drum kit at age twelve. Tony
quickly formed his first band with some school friends and played a handful of gigs at
youth centres and school halls.
sixteen, Tony auditioned for a well- established dance band in the Oxford area and despite
a total lack of experience in strict tempo ballroom music he managed to beat off a dozen
other more mature drummers. He was soon gigging up to three times a week, playing every
type of venue from the smallest of village halls to the London Savoy. It was during his
seventeen years with this same band that he got to play with some excellent musicians
including Alan Jones, a respected session bass guitarist who had been a long standing
member of The Shadows, had backed Elvis, and had even played on the Sooty Show! Another
member who served his apprenticeship in this same band, was Brett Gordon, a young talented
bass player who with Tony formed Berlin, a popular original band that recorded many tracks
and played in and around Oxford during the early to mid eighties. Brett has been a
professional musician ever since and was last playing with the chart topping Candyskins.
eighties, Tonys love of playing also found him helping out other bands short of
drummers, and this was not merely because he was cheap, but due to a serious ammount of
talent and the extreme ease with which he works with other musicians. It was during
recording at one of these helping out sessions that he met Brian Milthorp, a local studio
owner. Brian invited Tony to become the in-house session drummer at 'Gothic Recording
Studio' based near Wantage. In this role, Tony recorded for a variety of artistes, mainly
singer songwriters, although he did lay down the groove for a keep fit album, and no doubt
had many Lycra clad females sweating a bit! (apparently not for the first time!!).
Brian, who first introduced Tony to the Max Hunt, who several years later was to give him
the call with an invitation to join TANTALUS after the departure of Damien Slowey. Tony
recorded a new version of J.S.Bach's Toccatta & Fugue in Dm for the CD release of
Short Stories and drummed on all tracks on the Lumen Et Caligo recording project,
including some tracks that he had never even heard until the day he turned up for the
sessions. This project took the band to an altogether higher profile. Tony temporily left
Tantalus, at least as a full time meber member in April 2004 after performing a reliable,
steady and solid roll in the band throughout the most stable period in the band's
existence but rejoined agan less than a year later.
musicians that has inspired/influenced Tony include The Beatles, Deep Purple Ian
Paice, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Sting and the many musicians that have played for him, Jeff
Porcaro, John Bonham and Bill Bruford.