Lemington Road Ends is one of Tarmac's projects, the name coming from the bus stop he would get on and off at whenever he went into his home town of Newcastle upon Tyne (yes, he’s a Geordie!).
Tarmac (aka John McAdam) ‘learned’ to play the violin in primary school, but stopped as soon as he paid his mam back for the secondhand electric guitar he bought (in his mid-teens). Eventually, he bought a more suitable, acoustic guitar, albeit a 12-string, and acquired an early 1900s mandolin and a harmonica.
A move to Birmingham followed, although some say he was ‘expelled’ from Newcastle for wearing a jumper in winter? By now he’d been distracted by kayaking & windsurfing, and had picked up his nickname.
Tarmac has had a few forays into performing live, starting with singing around campfires, through to the Lindisfarne tribute band he put together for Robstock 2007, and finally with NooT (Nicely out of Tune). Yes, he is partial to the odd Lindisfarne song or two, and has performed Meet Me on the Corner with its author, Rod Clements.
Over the last ten years or so, Tarmac has started writing and performing his own songs (solo and with NooT), and is currently in the process of recording his first album. There are songs about Cornwall, songs about life, less-than-serious songs and, hopefully, more to come?