Stuart has been playing guitar for many years honing his style along the paths of the great Dave Gilmour, Tony Iommi, Gary Moore, Steven Wilson and the great Angus Young to name but a few, however, he does not stop there. Stuart also plays Keyboards, Piano, Bass Guitar and has done all the vocals and backing vocals, with the slight exception of one track from the new album Obscured by the Sun, for the first time a guest was invited in to assist with the track. Clare Stephens sings backing vocals on Rush.
Stuart began playing keyboards at a very young age, the keyboard stage was very short lived lasting only around 2 maybe 3 years. This however would become bedrock for the later re-kindling of the skills he had taught himself with the formation of Whitewater.
He began playing the guitar in his teens, mainly staying on rhythm guitar with his early bands, again until the formation of Whitewater, when he started playing and writing the lead sections of the tracks. The realisation that making the guitar “sing” and not just supporting the lead guitarist became a revelation he would thrive on and he would begin to Introduce the varying styles of playing he had been listening to for so many years into the music he and Paul had begun to write.
Stuart plays lead, rhythm and bass guitars, keyboards, samples and programming.
Stuart sings all vocals & backing vocals.
Stuart’s equipment consists of: PRS SE Custom guitars, Ibanez Guitars, Babicz spider and Babicz Steven Wilson signature acoustic guitars, Line 6 Variax Guitars and Adam Black Guitars, Yamaha Synthesizers, Casio synthesizers, Akai LPD8 and LPK25 midi controllers, Alesis Performance pad, Roland SP808 samplers, Laney Amps, Boss ME70 Multi Effect Pedals, Electro-harmonix Little Big Muff, Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy Delay pedals, Sennheiser wireless guitar systems and Shure Sm57 and Sm58 Microphones, Rode condenser mics and TC Helicon Vocal systems..