In the early 1990’s a collective buzz of retro guitar sounds combined with youthful innovation and a hint of disenchantment began to appear in the pubs and clubs of England’s northern cities, placing the industrial heartland of Manchester at its epicentre. Mad poets and funky musicians got their mates out of bed to make music; it seemed like everyone wanted to be in a band!
Shane emerged unscathed but not untouched from those chaotic yet exciting early days of the 90’s Manchester music scene, playing guitar and singing backing vocals with the indie band Uncertain Smile along with his two mates Lee Dawes and Nick Hynes. An energetic mix of hard edged guitar with cool harmonic undertones, Uncertain Smile regularly performed at popular venues around the city such as Boardwalk, Jilly’s Rock club, Monroe’s and the legendary Band on the Wall. At the Derby Hall in Bury, north of the city, they appeared alongside Soft who later became the band Elbow .
Many of the bands that plunged headlong into the dreams of fame and fortune eventually went their separate ways and it was to be no different for Uncertain Smile. However, the experiences of performing live; ‘having an outlet for the swirling mass of melodies and lyrics making connections in his mind’, had provided Shane with the seeds of a growing passion.
Shane continued to play and write music in Manchester for several years before finally settling in Metz, France. The hypnotic attraction of fame and fortune became less important, as Shane realised that music and the creative energy it produced felt like an extension of his soul.
Now with a family and a busy teaching career he still finds time to indulge in several collaborative projects with other musicians. His love of working with these musicians is inspired by his delight in seeing an idea grow and even re-invent itself through a journey of discovery.
A fortuitous meeting with Bass player and vocalist Greg Amen led to the formation of the band High Monkey (aka Hypnotic Daddy). Along with keyboard player Pierre Amman and drummer Thomas Jacques, High Monkey performed live concerts at Les Trinitaires, Irish pub, La Chaouée and other venues in and around Metz.
In an additional development Shane provided his voice and musical talent to collaboration with Marboss ‘s Stephane Marchal, on the Messaia project : an indie mix of rock and electronica
Still with a fighting passion for everything creative, Shane continues to stumble upon new ideas, happily surprised by the sudden arrival of inspiration.
Shane’s latest projects include guest vocals on collaborative work with Marboss and new undertaking Munda
Shane cites his musical influences as The Who, The Kinks, Richard Ashcroft and The Verve, James and The Stone Roses but appreciates that the list is by no means exhaustive.