Hollowbelly was born in Warrington, an industrial town in Northwest England. He started treading the boards early, playing literally hundreds of gigs on the northern working mens club circuit. The authorities granted a special license enabling him to work despite his age - her started when he was just eight years old. Television and radio work followed, as did a spell in intensive care during a near death bout of meningitis, which left the fourteen year old with an inability to see in 3d.
Age sixteen, punk hit. Teenbelly began playing in a few punk bands, moving down south to live in London in the early eighties. Many hospital visits followed, culminating in a series of operations which resulted in the removal of his large intestine.
Now fifty, Hollowbelly refuses to lie down quietly. He continues to play shows in London, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Bremen and countless other venues around the UK and Europe.Yessir, speed, psychosis and cbg's... Hollowbelly aint slowing down any time soon
"Hollowbelly has risen quickly to become the best known cigar box guitar player in the UK, this side of Seasick Steve"
Rick Saunders, Deep Blues (USA)
"Hollowbelly is a treat: a Seasick Steve kind of one-man blues band, bashing out his 'Three Chords & The Truth' manifesto on a homemade cigar-box guitar. His stuff is fresh and honest, chirpy tales of a northerner come south, harsh loves and hard times (including the abdominal 'everythingectomy' that led to his nickname)."
Tony Benjamin (Venue)
"No overdubs. No effects. No auto-tune. Just 3 chords and his truth. This is the essence of the thing we call punk blues."
"It is unlikely that Hollowbelly needs any kind of introduction from us, but for those who have somehow missed the one man punk blues hurricane, here goes;
His debut gig was at the famous 100 Club, London, supporting Bob Log III.
He has no large intestine following an 'everythingectomy' - hence the name Hollowbelly.
He plays the damn finest punk blues you ever heard!"