Gaining Momentum

So I’ve switched my persona. The Mercurial Number Six. The transition is complete.

I’ve explained my reasons for the switch. In essence I felt the ‘Confession of the Whole School’ brand was doing me a disservice in my current position. My current stance. I’m standing bold, upright with legs apart. Chest out, Rik Mayall style. Confession of the Whole School, as a ‘band’, was me rebelling against the past. And it was great. Some outstanding (if I do say so myself) strange music, especially on the Galton Detail album. However, I am happy in my skin. And I am happy with my past. I wanted to start again with this new found freedom. It’s not a difficult concept. Bowie has re-invented himself a hundred times. Well, this is my re-invention.

The Mercurial Number Six.

I have new ‘fans’ who only know me as The Mercurial Number Six. I like this. It’s liberating. Those new ‘fans’ found me on YouTube and have naturally migrated here in search of ‘the past’. Interesting. Nothing wrong with that. A fan of the ‘Thin White Duke’ seeking ‘Ziggy Stardust’. Absolutely fine.

So what should those new ‘fans’ listen to? Well, there are only three Confession of the Whole School discs, so you could easily listen to all of them. Just click ‘music’ in the menu and listen away. Start with World Domination.

If your time is limited… listen to ‘Perhaps I’ll Kill You’ and ‘The Last to Know’. Honestly, if interest were to increase due to circumstance I would consider a ‘one disc’ Greatest Hits package. Ha ha!

But I’m also happy for new fans to ignore my previous music. There is nothing wrong with residing in the here and now. Nothing.

And vice versa. If you’re a Confession of the Whole School fan…be sure to check out ‘The Mercurial Number Six’ on YouTube. Also be sure to ‘like’ the Facebook page!

Over and out.

The Mercurial Number Six

Hello, long time no see.

I created this website a long time ago. A different life ago.

I had recorded with award-winning artists and shared stages with fantastic musicians but at the time I brought this site into being I was feeling pretty jaded. I was questioning whether the world needed any more of my music. Perhaps that’s a question which can never be satisfactorily answered. In any case, I found my answer. I make music because I make music. Yes, it’s a loop. Life is a loop.

And so it is that I type tonight to light up my latest project with a naked flame. Imagine… words carved letter by letter in huge slabs of granite, at night, illuminated from the side by a hundred candles. Hell, make it a thousand.

THE MERCURIAL NUMBER SIX. I have a bit of a fascination with the number six. I think it stems from my long love of Patrick McGoohan’s ‘The Prisoner’. If you know it, congratulations. If you don’t… never mind – it’s probably too late to start now. I am part-way through the recording of my latest album. I’m calling the project THE MERCURIAL NUMBER SIX. The capitals aren’t supposed to represent ‘shouting’…. they signify a momentous revelation.

I’m enjoying making music. THE MERCURIAL NUMBER SIX will make this clear. I have created a YouTube channel and I have already posted a number of videos. They’re mostly guitar-related… but there are also random rants on a variety of subjects. Sometimes it’s just easier to talk… to camera. This website is great to post photographs and try and be ‘intelligent’, but videos allow me to just talk bollocks. And sometimes bollocks are all you need.

My Confession of the Whole School albums are still available. And they’re great. They represent a transition. They’re like my ‘Rubber Soul’ and ‘Revolver’. THE MERCURIAL NUMBER SIX is more like my ‘White Album’. Or maybe ‘Sgt. Pepper’? Hmmmm, I’m not sure about my Beatles analogue. Anyway, people move on. THE MERCURIAL NUMBER SIX draws a line in the sand. Where I once felt I had to prove myself, I now feel free to do whatever the hell I like. And it feels good.

If you’re in any way interested in guitars then you might like to view a few of the videos on the channel. If not, then you still might find something you like. At least join me in a glass of red wine?

And the best is still yet to come, for not only will you have THE MERCURIAL NUMBER SIX, you’ll also be presented with TEHI’s sequel to ‘Escapism’. The album is long-awaited, but I promise it will not disappoint. The music is majestic and the genius Bill Ryan is on fine lyrical form. We will release teasers soon. The album, ‘The Only Way Out is Through’, will be a game changer. You just wait!

So, as you can see, although it’s been a while since I’ve thrown anything of substance at the wall – I have not been sleeping. Now… where’s the next set of photographs to post?

Be seeing you.

London Photography

London has to be one of, if not the, greatest capital cities in the world. I wanted to see Les Miserables (again) and have dinner in China Town (again). Nothing wrong with agains. If things are good then life can be a long series of agains. Why not? Anyway, I’ve photographed London before. Many times. More agains. In fact a previous photo ended up as the cover of the Eleventh Hour Initiative’s debut album. It’s always nice to try and see the city with fresh eyes. However, with such iconic buildings in every direction it’s difficult to get past the likes of Big Ben and Westminster Bridge. So I didn’t. Here’s London.

Dublin Photography

If there’s one thing that’s great about Dublin, it’s being surrounded by music; buskers and folk bands. Yes it’s all a bit tourist-y but it makes a change from the music scene that is currently dying elsewhere. The talent on display in the pubs of Temple Bar is incredible. It almost makes you want to pick up an acoustic guitar and dance in the sawdust… and sup a pint of Guinness.

A blast from the past – Dorian Gray

One of my most popular songs, even after all these years, concerns a man who wanted eternal youth. But, of course, nothing comes for free. Have a listen for yourself.


In another episode right out of an old diary, I bumped into the singer of one of my old bands last week. He’s still rocking, I never doubted it for a second, and his current band is called ‘Secrets & Lies’. Mighty fine punk rock. Google them!