Toby’s musical journey began at just 4-years-old when his Grandma bought him a yellow and green ukulele as a gift.
This little instrument went everywhere with Toby and he played it constantly until he broke all the strings!
When he was eight, he received his first full size electric guitar on Christmas Day and has not looked back since. On that day he met Mick Box from Uriah Heep who happened to be staying at the same hotel. From that point Toby knew exactly what he wanted to do when he grew up! Mick continues to be a great mentor for Toby.
His love of Blues and Rock was apparent right from the start with a variety of riffs by Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore and BB King often heard coming from his bedroom.
He joined the local Rock School – The Witchwood School of Rock – and under the guidance of teacher Aldie Chalmers, Toby’s playing went from strength to strength. Various performances followed and his confidence began to grow.
After hearing that BB King was seriously ill, Toby decided that he wanted to record a “Get Well Soon” jam for his hero and post it on his Facebook page
Unfortunately Mr King passed away a few days later and Toby received a thank you from two of his daughters. Toby’s video has now been viewed over 50 Million times.
Toby’s weekly Sunday Onesie Jams became popular with music lovers from all over the world, keen to see what song he had in store for them.
A UK company, The All-In-One Company, stepped in and provided Toby with some wonderful Onesies to wear for his jams.
Blues icon Joe Bonamassa then shared one of Toby’s videos on his page and dubbed him “a future superstar of the Blues”.
Let’s just say that after this point, Toby’s popularity grew and grew!
He appeared on the Chris Evans Breakfast show on BBC Radio 2. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton tweeted about him and two US prime time talk shows approached him for interviews.
Toby is associated with Gibson Brands and has filmed 8 online lessons for Epiphone teaching children how to play the Blues.
He also flew to Memphis where he played at BB King’s Blues Club with the All Star Band.
He has featured on many BBC radio interviews and appeared on national television on TFI Friday twice including the New Year’s Eve Special.
US Blues Star Walter Trout invited Toby to play on stage with him where he received a standing ovation.
Toby’s first album “Ten” was released this year – a 5-track EP featuring a guest performance by Blues legend Bernie Marsden and produced by Laurence Jones.
For 2016, Toby is proud to be an Official Artist for Hamstead Soundworks using their Artist 20+ RT amplifier.