Neil hails from the land of the Beatles and other such musical wizardry. He started playing guitar at the age of 10 and had to have it surgically removed from around his neck in his late teens when a career in the Power Industry beckoned. He learnt his trade playing in bands in pubs and venues on the Wirral and in Liverpool. He was taught Classical Guitar by a very gifted musician Chris Glassfield who went on to win the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Guitarist in
the mid eighties. He wanted Neil to take over from him in his Jazz Rock band, interestingly called “Oasis” (no
connection) but the above promising career as an Electrical Power Engineer took precedent.
Neil dabbled with many bands as he moved around the country and when he settled in Berkshire in the mid 90s he joined the rock band “Hang Fire” who enjoyed a number of years of local popularity mainly in the Hampshire
and Berkshire area. It was around this time that he became one the first students at Guildford’s Academy of
Contemporary Music where he enrolled on the Modern Guitar course. Since then Neil has always kept his hand in playing guitar with a number of project bands and was delighted when the opportunity to join Spriggan Mist
Neil’s early influences include Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher and Jan Ackerman of Focus (anyone
remember Sylvia). In the 90’s he discovered artists like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Eddie Van Halen and since
then has had the overwhelming desire to widdle in public. More recently John Petrucci and Guthrie Govan have
given him huge inspiration. Neil’s a rocker at heart with more than a dash of Prog in the mix and a twist of Folk for good measure. This should be an interesting blend for the Spriggs in the future.