Matthew began playing drums
aged 11.Having lived in Johannesburg for 3 years he encountered
a lot of African tribal music, which would eventually drive
him towards taking lessons.
After studying at Huddersfield
technical college and Huddersfield University Matthew went
on to play with a variety of bands. These artistes included:
- "Panic Station" a club covers band, "Hot
Legs" a dubious sounding 80s covers band with whom he
toured just about every NAAFI base in Europe, Roy Castle-
say no more-this man was a legend-, The Bachelors, Peter Sarstedt,
the list is ending rapidly.
Having originally joined Maria's
band as an auxiliary percussionist and keyboard player, Matthew
soon became bored and frustrated with such menial tasks, and he
took to fighting petty crime under a pseudonym whilst wearing a
mask and really tight trousers. Maria pitied him greatly, and although
neither he nor any other band member is ever credited with anything,
she now calls him her drummer. He also provides backing vocals that
could be described shrill, in the Robin Gibb sense of the word.
Now working as Head of Percussion at Kirklees Music School and as
a freelance musician, Matt has broadened his horizons and has found
the time to sing and play keyboards with those reprobates of pop,
"A Flock of Beagles".
When he is not singing with The Beagles or drumming with his other
main gig "The James Alexander Set " dance band, Matt can
be found shouting incoherently at the Mcalpine Stadium -home of
the legendary Huddersfield town football club.
He relishes every moment that he gets to play
as part of Maria's band.