Skatz is a multi-instrumental musician, singer songwriter, actor, playwright, poet, guitar teacher, puppeteer, workshop facilitator and former stand up comedian, born in Consett in County Durham, UK, and now based in County Kerry on the west coast of Ireland, where the views are spectacular, the music is all around and the people are the most welcoming in the world.
Playing now as a solo artist in Ireland, in the UK he was a member of the bands Woodstock and Bryter Layter. He plays piano/keyboards, acoustic & electric guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, bazouki and various percussion instruments.
He has worked extensively in schools, both mainstream and special needs, using music, songs and rhythm to focus, relax, entertain and educate.
Slightly more recently, Skatz teamed up with writer and musician Dezy Walls to produce their own Interfoolery show ‘Skatz n Walls’.
Skatz also co-starred in Dezy Walls’ musical ‘Not The Life I Ordered’ at the Small Roads Festival of Theatre and Food in Kenmare, Co. Kerry in 2016. An updated version of the show toured theatres in Kerry and Cork as part of the same festival in Sept-Nov 2017.
Skatz regularly and proudly worked in the UK with Bamboozle Theatre as a musician and actor in residency at schools specialising in working with children and adults with learning difficulties and their families. Bamboozle’s skilled team of artists are highly respected in their sensitive use of theatre and music to communicate deeply with some of the most challenging of special needs.
In the UK Skatz’ work included writing school anthems for 5 Birmingham schools; writing the music/script and starring in a Birmingham REP Theatre production; performing in an outdoor production created by The Core theatre at Corby Cube; and writing the script & songs and acting in a film commissioned by Birmingham REP in partnership with Mayfield Special School.
Just before moving to Ireland, Skatz won an Arts Council grant to research, write and perform his one man show, ‘Father Used To Say’, which toured theatres and community centres around Leicestershire to critical acclaim. The show was his swansong to the area he had called home for 30 years, a demonstration of all he had learned about writing and performing, and an acting and singing tour de force.