I started playing guitar at the age of 12 when my Mum and Davd bought me a guitar for Christmas. The only problem I
had was I kept breaking the top string. After many return trips to the local music store complaining about the poor
quaility of their strings a friend informed me that it was E\ and not G that the string should be tuned to.
When I was about 14 I started playing in local bands doing a few odd gigs for the 'Girl Guides' (my first experience of groupies), playing pass the parcel.
Ileft school at 16 to become a glassblower, four or five years later I was lulled from this relative security by high
hopes and unscrupulous managers (moonlighting as double galzing salesmen), making the usual promises 'You'll be the nbest thing since etc.'. It was during this period that I changed to playing the bass guitar.
My first real taste of success was on joing Hazel O'Connor's band in 1980,
touring the U.K., Europe and U.S.A. The group disbanded in 1982 which was probably just as well, considering our laundry bill was becoming excessive as at
most gigs the contents of the first ten rows noses found its way onto our stage gear.
In 1984 I joined 'The Jim Capaldi Band'. Spending the best part of 3 months rehearsing for a U.S. tour that was cancelled at
the eleventh hour.
After about 12 months of trying to get my own projects up and running, friend called to tell me that the 'Earth Band', were
looking for a bass player. It was fortunate for me that this friend was also helping out with the auditions. After a modest
bribe was offered, I was able to find out which songs they were auditioning with, giving me an advantage over most of the other hopefuls and impressing the band with my ability to busk on previously unheard songs.
From 1987-1991, I had a rather intriguing problem with my telephone, in that it had developed a fault making it impossible
for Manfred to call me (BT is still scratching its head over that one), but during this period I was swanning around the
world with a band more famous for their white berets and high voices than the quality of their music.
In 1991 my phone was mysteriously repaired, although BT claim to have no knowledge of this, but sure enough Manfred was able to get through, which resulted in a couple of tours and work on the forthcoming album.
Steve Kinch 1993