The hobby that sometimes makes me money

The hobby that sometimes makes me money

That’s how I describe my relationship with music. I do it because I love it – that’s why I have a degree in it – but I’ve never pursued it as a full-time occupation for fear that I might stop loving it so much.

That said, I do have the privilege of knowing a lot of ‘proper musicians’ which means I get chances to play gigs of various kinds – whether that’s in a string quartet at a wedding or in a full band at a bigger event.

I play the cello and bass guitar, and also compose from time to time. Here’s an electroacoustic piece I wrote while at uni, based on old recordings of Irish folksongs:

Ellie and me, playing the violin and cello
Ellie and me at a photo shoot for Strings Attached. Photo by the lovely Lucy Smith.
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