It was in the summer of 2002 when I spotted a notice in the newsagent's window, advertising a folk music evening in a pub in St Albans.
It had been 30 years since I'd been to a folk club. All those years ago I'd been a resident singer at the Enfield Folk Club at "The Hop Poles".
In those days my heroes were the likes of Tom Paxton and Ralph McTell. Guests at the club included The Dransfields, Martin Carthy, Noel Murphy, Alex Campbell, Johnny Silvo and Jeremy Taylor.
....So I phoned the contact number and spoke to one Mr John Breeze. Little did I know what I'd started! After a couple of non-participatory visits, I plucked up the courage to take my guitar with me and that was that. The folk club proper restarted for its autumn season and I was hooked.
It's been great fun catching up on 30 years of great music. It's amazing how many people are still around, but it's been a joy to discover the likes of Martyn Wyndham-Read, Andy Irvine, Stan Rogers, Richard Thompson, Dan McKinnon and the host of youngsters coming through now.
So now I'm out singing several nights a week, and have moved on via floor spots and residencies to gigging in my own right, both solo and with fellow St Albans FC resident, Christine Connolley.
I couldn't have done this without the help of several people, so I'd like to thank; Breezy for his help and invaluable advice, the St Albans regulars, particularly George Papavgeris and Christine for their constant encouragement, but most of all my wife and best friend, Ann, not a "folkie", but eternally patient with my increasingly obsessive involvement in this wonderful music.