My great grandfather William Stallard was a sax player and my grandfather Glyn Stallard was a professional pianist who worked with many popular acts, such as Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, and Brotherhood Of Man. With music in the family, I studied the contemporary saxophone & music production at the London Guildhall University, during a Music Technology degree, At the same time, I studied a BA in music on the Open University. I studied jazz and classical guitar on various courses and one particular time I was placed in a band with a very young Jamie Cullum. After graduating in 1997, I worked in Europe (Greece, Menorca, French Alps, Italy etc) as an Entertainer, Musician, Holiday Rep and Resort Manager. The companies I worked for were Thomson, Crystal, Mark Warner and Inghams Holidays
Returning to England, I taught music and music technology, in further
education, and completed a PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate Of
Education) at Portsmouth University. Conitinued....
I became a professional saxophonist back in May
2006. I'm currently the resident solo artist on the Oriana & Arcadia cruise ships. My previous clients and venues include the Royal
Navy, NATO, Thomson Holidays, Debenhams, Zurich Insurance, Hilton, HMS Warrior,
Portsmouth Guildhall, Showaddywaddy, Herbie Armstrong (Van Morrison
Band) and many golf clubs and hotels. I am also the resident musician at the Atlantic Hotel, Porthcawl and I was the resident sax player at the Queens Hotel, Southsea, Hampshire UK, for over three years. I have performed in Mallorca and Gran Canaria for Thomson and spent 4 months in Guernsey, performing for Christies.
I specialise in relaxing, easy listening music. I also perform a great saturday night pub set, performing rock n roll, ska and dance music, on the electric guitar and sax. I
have recorded with some of the industry’s top engineers and producers,
in a range of genres from dance music to rock n’ roll. I have a maasive repertoire of songs. On the sax, I do all the classics like Baker Street, Careless Whisper, Strangers on The Shore, and all the swing and rock n roll hits. On the guitar I play all the classics by Clapton, Gary More, Elvis, Bill Hayley etc
"A Flight Into The Abyss" (as artist name Shawsax) is currently published on itunes, Amazon, Napster and all download sites. The tracks have appeared on BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 6 (Tom Robinson show) and on Original 106FM. It is also played on radio & web stations across the world, including the USA, Korea, Germany Portugal etc.