Our resident potter and master of 'all things stringed', Billy brings a great deal of creativity to our musical arrangements as well as a booming tenor voice!
Whether he is belting out a romping-stomping song like 'Billy O'Shea' or the more considered songs such as 'Bold Riley' or 'Captain Stormio', Billy has a distinctive voice that packs a punch and is full of heart. He also loves to add beautiful melody lines to songs with his cello mandolin and tenor guitar.
Billy has spent a great deal of time writing songs either by himself or together with Jon Cleave. FF Songs such as 'Captain Stormio' have been born out of Billy taking Jon's wonderful, historical lyrics and setting them to music. The boys also wrote and produced the album 'First & Last' under the name 'Roscarrock' which features songs about Port Isaac of old.
Billy runs the Port Isaac Pottery along with his wife Barbara and his two daughters, Faye & Jo. Billy, Barbara and Faye all create their beautiful pottery, ceramics and artwork in the Pottery which also sells clothing, jewellery and houses the Chapel Cafe.
The Pottery, an old methodist chapel, also acts as a rehearsal and meet-up space for Fisherman's Friends. Many an evening has been spent running through songs and enjoying one or two beers..... All in moderation though, there are still a few Temperance Society banners in the chapel!
GETTING OUT ON THE GOLF COURSE
BILLY WAS AN EXTRA IN SHERLOCK HOLMES WHEN HE WAS ELEVEN YEARS OLD!