Tony was brought up into a musical family. He toured the UK performing the workingmens’ clubs from the tender age of 8, playing 2 or more gigs per week with his family show ‘Mike Mason & The Little People”. Way before ‘X Factor and BGT’ were conceived, he fronted the band singing ‘Nobody’s Child’ on TV’s ‘Opportunity Knocks’, winning by audience ‘Clapometer’ and releasing his first record at the age of 12. In recognition of his skills as a drum soloist, he won a National Award as ‘Best Undiscovered British Drummer’ 1990-92. Tony’s theatre credits include his work as a member of percussion artists ‘Stomp’, ‘Live Theatre’ and ‘Northern Stage’. He has grown to be a truly international artist; from being the opening act for ‘Buddy Guy’ in Cologne and headlining at the Markthalle/Hamburg as a member of ‘The Whisky Priests’, to his popular one man shows in Europe.
As a composer,his credits include the soundtrack for the TV documentary ‘The World & Manchester United’ (SKY). His track ‘High Level Waltz’ (The River) was used as the title track for a TV Arts programme, and his song ‘My Angel of The North’ is highly regarded as an anthem for the North East of England.
Tony is amongst the small percentage of educationalists in the UK who has achieved ‘Advanced Skills Teacher’ status in music. He continues to be much in demand as a session musician, recording with 'Amelia Coburn' and performing live with ‘The Wildcats of Kilkenny’.