The picture above was taken a few months ago at a friend's gig, but the hair is now shorter and isn't really purple. I normally smile a lot! Most photos I have are of me playing fiddle or trombone, and the latter is extremely unflattering...
Some people would describe me as a right-on, left-wing, scruffy, hippy musician. That's not a bad summary! I have a deadpan sense of humour, a good ear, a sharp eye and a well-developed bullshit/naffness/tastelessness radar.
I like conversation, laughing, generosity, wandering round galleries, lying in a hammock looking at the sky, listening to birdsong, cooking, 2nd-hand shops, making things, being moved, going camping, drinking whisky with good company, looking up and noticing things, Yorkshire Tea, Italian ice cream, French patisserie, Scotch pies, Greek mezze and Bradford curries.
I'm reasonably good at playing piano, though only for my own enjoyment. I make a good cup of tea.
Iain Banks, Kate Atkinson, George Herbert, Seamus Heaney, Kathleen Jamie, Lee Child and Robert MacFarlane are a few of my favourites.
I love going to the pictures, on my own, with a bunch of kids or with friends. I prefer a small picture house to a multiplex. I like animations, black & white classics, comedies, documentaries, and films that look beautiful. A good cup of coffee and a piece of flapjack beats a bucket of popcorn any day. Recent stars include The Possibilities are Endless, The Eagle Huntress.
A few more favourite films - Only Human, Cyrano de Bergerac, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Now Voyager, Rebecca ("I'm asking you to marry me, you little fool" must be the least romantic proposal ever written).
In the past year I've been enthralled, delighted and moved to tears by Dolly Parton, Opera North, The Youngblood Brass Band, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Idlewild, Kate Bush, an elderly Hungarian violinist busking in Leeds, The Tiger Lillies, John Fullbright, The Handsome Family, kora-playing buskers, friends playing & singing at parties & sessions, West Side Story, etc, etc.
I have a decent collection of 78s and sometimes play Gramophone Roulette. Paul Robeson is top of the list of singers I wish I'd heard sing live, along with Hank, Frank & Ella.
The radio is on more than the tv in my house, either R3 or R4. I like watching comedy, films, documentaries & music programmes, tense dramas, Scandi series and the odd bit of cookery-based reality. I dislike all other "reality", documentaries with "celebrity" presenters and repetitive narrators. I've recently given up watching Question Time as I was in danger of breaking the telly. I have some guilty tv-watching pleasures...
I love a good curry, homemade cake, gin & tonic, afternoon tea, breakfast in bed, Islay whisky, and many other things. I dislike liquorice.
you fancy some light-hearted banter
you understand the importance of thoughtful gestures
you're up for going to see a film/band/artist you've never heard of, just for the hell of it
Don't bother sending a message if you have nothing to say, or if you need "your" woman to be subservient or any less than your intellectual equal!