Nigel started playing drums in January 2001. He took lessons at school in
Oxfordshire under the wing of Ross Elder. It was immediately obvious that
Nigel had a natural talent. He played in the school's soul band and also
drummed for one of the school's musical productions.
Nigel discovered the Shadows in his early to mid teens when his father started
to play the guitar and together they played at various Shadows fan meetings.
At around the same time he started playing in local rock bands. Then, in late
2006, he started playing in a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, gigging in and
around Oxford. During the Christmas of 2006 Nigel travelled with rock group
"Breeze" to Andorra to play at the ski resort of Soldeu.
Nigel spent a year studying at the Academy of Contempary Music at
Guildford. Once he had completed a diploma he returned home and to
performing rock covers around Oxford, Reading and London. It was during
this time that the Shadowers were formed.
Nigel's taste in music is wide, from the Beatles to Oasis. His career so far has
included drumming for bands playing material from the sixties as well as
working on dance music projects. His drumming influences are from the world
of Gospel: Aaron Spears, Gerald Heyward and John Blackwell. He also
admires the work of Steve Gadd, Zak Starkey and Craig Blundell. With the
Shadowers he alternates between the styles of Tony Meehan and Brian
Bennett whilst injecting his own personality into the music, helping the
Shadowers to play material from all periods of the Shadows' careers.
Whilst still performing semi-professionally, Nigel has now also become a
Nigel uses Sabian cymbals, Remo heads and Yamaha drums.