musician & writer
Terry describes himself as ‘Watford Welsh’ being born in the rural outskirts of that Hertfordshire town to Welsh parents. He had a working class ‘Sec Mod’ education’ and subsequently worked as a farm hand, an engineering apprentice, a laboratory technician, a jazz musician, an agricultural fitter, a blues musician/song writer, a low-voltage controller repair man, a landscape gardener, a dustbin man, an electrician’s mate, a machine minder, a work study practitioner, a potbank labourer, a folk-rock musician, a plastic fabrication estimator, an undergraduate, an author, a university lecturer, a poet and a folk musician/song writer. Terry moved up to Stoke on Trent in the late 1960s to begin two love affairs: one with a girl called Lynda and the other with a place called Mow Cop.
Alf-Alfa & the Wild Oats is a ceili band run by Jason Hill in which Terry plays fiddle alongside Jason, guitar, Lynda, percussion, plus guest musicians added for bigger occasions. Alf-Alfa plays ceilis, barn dances, weddings, folk festivals and private functions throughout the Midlands and North Wales. Their dance caller is Linda Westrupp.
Terry is a Brit style Delta blues viola player too. His blues credentials go back the 1960s when as a piano player with the Cops n Robbers rhythm and blues band he earned the distinction of backing the great John Lee Hooker for John Lee’s 1965 UK tour. That same year Terry backed the spectacular Buddy Guy at Manchester’s famous Twisted Wheel. He has appeared on the same bill as The Kinks, The Who, The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton, The Pretty Things and many more renowned blues artistes.
Terry song writing credits include, ‘You’ll Never Do it Baby’, co-penned with Cops n Robbers lead singer Smudger Smith, which has become a garage music classic. Another song written by the pair, ‘Oh, My Love’, covered by the Art Woods led by Ronnie Wood’s brother Arthur, appears on the sound track of the 2015 French release film, ‘Marguerite et Julien’. Jon Lord plays a cool organ solo on this song.
Terry is currently writing the history of the Cops n Robbers under the working title of, ‘When Henri Had the Blues.’
Terry lectured variously for many years for the Manchester Metropolitan University and the Keele University in Creative Writing, Writers Craft, Writing in performance, The Short Story, Poetry, Culture & Popular Music. Keele University awarded him for his series of poetry lectures to young people. Terry has now relinquished HE teaching for his other work, but he still runs the occasional writing workshop.
Terry is the author of Battling Jack: You Gotta Fight Back, the biography of ex-professional featherweight fighter Jackie Turpin.
Terry is Cheshire’s Longest-Serving Cheshire Poet Laureate.