near the City of Canterbury,
in the County of Kent, just 50 miles south-east of London, England,
Terry was the eldest of six children born to Tom (a miner) and Beryl
(a land-girl during the second world war. Land-girls were responsible
for producing food and farming the land while the men were away
fighting the war).
1933, Terry's father Tom (left), and Uncle Richard (right)
with a friend on drums during an early practice session
in their garden in South-east London.
musical genes stemmed from his father's interests, prior to
World War II. Tom played guitar, tenor banjo, piano-accordion
and harmonica in small bands prior to, during and after the
war. As children, Terry and his siblings would always try to
play their father's musical instruments and it was here that
the seeds were sown for his musical future. Their home had an
old wind-up gramophone on which they used to play old 78 records
Jones and his City Slickers, Lonnie
Donnegan, Emile Ford and the Checkmates more
and many more.
It was Lonnie Donnegan's 'Skiffle'
music that inspired many British bands, because he introduced the
British public to a new style of music and recorded covers of songs
from such American icons as Woody
Guthrie and Huddy
Leadbetter (Leadbelly) and Lonnie was a regular contributor
to the music scene throughout the 50s and 60s . One of Lonnie's
most famous songs was the Leadbelly standard, Rock-Island Line.
Terry's cousin Colin introduced him
to the musical genius of American icons such as Little
Richard and of course Elvis.
It was Colin who took him to his first ever Elvis movie 'Viva Las
Vegas' and this furthered his appreciation of the rock'n roll scene.
Regularly the family would listen
to Radio Luxembourg
an 'English speaking' radio station that broadcast from mainland
Europe. The signal used to fade-in and out as they struggled to
tune-in on Long-Wave 208. It was the only radio station which played
genres which could at the time, be classed as modern music. Typically,
on a Sunday evening, Radio Luxembourg's DJ Kid
Jensen would broadcast the top-twenty countdown. All other radio
stations in England were controlled by the BBC
(British Broadcasting Corporation) and rarely played modern, or
at the time 'new-wave' music. It took years before the BBC realized
and addressed the musical needs of the British public, by launching
In the early 1960s a plethora of pirate
radio stations like Radio
Caroline started operating in international waters off the coast
of Great Britain. These were considered illegal and the government
used to try and take action to shut them down. Suddenly, the British
public had access to a much wider range of music from America, Europe
and global markets. The
Rolling Stones, The
Clarke Five, Moody
Blues and many other British bands were just launching in the
mid-60s. While at college his influences included Neil
Young, Bob Dylan, Simon
and Garfunkel, James Taylor,
Stewart. In the 1970s, 80s and 90s artists such as The
Eagles , Bruce Springsteen,
the Hoople, Paul
Wainwright III, Gordon
Stevens. and many more influenced his musical direction.
Terry was educated at Sturry Secondary
School and attended Hadlow College in Kent and Lackham College in
Wiltshire. His career in marketing and journalism took him to many
parts of the world including every European country, to North Africa,
Canada, the USA and Mexico. He once worked for the American agricultural
machinery giant, John
Deere at its British regional office and managed the company's
sales promotion activities. In 1987 he started his own International
PR and Marketing Consultancy, providing PR and Marketing services
for multi-national and local companies.
It wasn't until much later in life,
in 1987 that he decided to take learning the guitar seriously, and
invested in guitar music books and taught himself to play. What
triggered his decision to proceed is unclear, but it may have been
linked to the passing of his father that year, who had inspired
him while in his youth. There were occasions when his father would
take him to the local Ye
OldeYew Tree pub in Westbere
and his father would jam with the landlord, often playing his
piano accordion. The Yew Tree was a 13th century public house, constructed
of ships timbers and situated in a beautiful English village setting.
a lot of practice and learning guitar techniques, Terry would
go to local 'open-mic' sessions and listen to other amateur
guitarists, and knew if they could do it, so could he. Finally,
he plucked-up enough courage to show off his limited acoustic
guitar skills in front of friends and strangers at the Royal
Oak, Great Wishford, an old pub/restaurant in the heart
of the English countryside. He met two local guitarists -
Tim Maddern and Keith Mouland who influenced and encouraged
him. Today they both are recording artists in the UK, and
are still best of friends.
Terry hosted a regular acoustic 'unplugged'
session at the Coach and Horses pub/restaurant in Salisbury,
Wiltshire, an event which attracted many local musicians and
inspired many 'budding' artists. Salisbury has many venues where
live music can be heard most nights of the week. He also spent much
time at the Faversham
Folk Club - a thriving folk group in the south-east of England
which meets weekly at a local pub - 'The Chimney Boy' Faversham.
The club often participates in many local musical events.
Terry and his 'late' brother Barry
used to jam together. Barry was learning to play blues harmonica.
But this musical partnership ended abruptly when his brother was
involved in a tragic road accident. The loss of his dear brother made Terry realize that
life was too short to waste and that you should always fulfill your
dreams, regardless of how extreme they may be. In the late 1990s
Terry 'set-out' on one of his long-time dreams, he moved to the
USA to both explore the country and to broaden his musical talents.
He had been to America numerous times on business trips, he had
always enjoyed the friendliness of the people he had met, the lifestyle,
the energy and the spirit that adorned the American society. He
had always wanted to explore and 'experience' the American lifestyle.
Terry's brother Barry "always in my
To date he has traveled to and visited
more than 20 of the 50 States, played guitar at many 'open-mic'
venues, bookstores, coffee shops and jammed with musicians from
all over the country. From New York to San Diego, Florida to Colorado
he has traveled many miles, but there are many more ahead of him.
Today, he resides in the suburbs of Cleveland,
Ohio, home of the Rock
& Roll Hall of Fame, and plays many local venues.
Current musical activities.
Terry is an active member of the Summit
Songwriter's Circle which meets the first Monday of the month
at the Riverfront Coffee Mill, Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls. He is a member
Has performed 'live' on Just
Plain Folk - WAPS-FM 91.3 The Summit.
He performs solo at many venues and regularly as part of two trios, one called 'Old Dogs and an Englishman' and the second he guests with two incredibly talented young musicians, Lisa and Heather Malyuk. Terry also plays as part of the popular duo, called Cotton-Eye Joe, with Heather Gullstrand on Violin and Viola. Together they play an eclectic mix of traditional tunes and popular classics. Please go to the Schedule
page of this site to follow future events for both solo, duo and
trio gigs. Also listed there are gigs of friends and colleagues
performing in the local area.
Terry has four children of whom he
is extremely proud; Mat, who owns a successful
Safari business; Tim, a Veterinary Surgeon who operates in North
London; daughter TJ, who works in Human Resources in London; and
youngest son Travis who recently qualified as an automotive technician
for August Honda Cars in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.