Grooveware is the creative moniker for Kevan Cadman, who began his musical career at the gangly age of thirteen: wearing a tea-cosy hat and playing bass guitar in a Sheffield blues band – much to the consternation of his long-suffering parents, who were forking out for weekly classical guitar lessons at the time!

Throughout his youth, he collaborated with various like-minded folk to produce experimental recordings and ramblings, using any instrument that came to hand, along with kitchen utensils, electronic bits and pieces and a hosepipe. These recordings, on cassettes, were summarily rejected by any and every record company contacted who stated: “this is not the kind of thing we are looking for at this moment.”

Undeterred, Kevan continued writing, performing and recording, this time under the name of Short Supply and was delighted to have been offered a publishing deal, leading to the pressing of a 7 inch single, which made it, just, into the charts!

Never being a person to settle on one creative discipline, alongside his musical output, he studied art at university and has always produced 2D and 3D art, ranging from jewellery and wood carving to photography and printing. As a teacher of thirty-seven years, he has also built up something of a reputation for cultivating creativity in the classroom, inspiring children particularly through his use of digital technologies, incorporating film and animation. These have always had a strong element of wordplay and rhythm.

He has recently retired from full-time education to develop his own artistic streak and is curious (and ever-so-slightly worried) to see what he’ll come up with next! He continues to perform regularly both with the ‘Rotherham Rogues’ and ‘Meadowland’, as well as collaborating and recording as ‘Short Supply’.


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