Best known as the co-founder of the English progressive rock group Anathema, this guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter also performed with such United Kingdom bands as Antimatter and Leafblade. His albums with Anathema include Serenades, The Silent Enigma, and Eternity.
While growing up, he was inspired by the music of Queen, Dire Straits, and Iron Maiden.
His best known songs with Anathema include "Dreaming Light," "Don't Look Too Far," and "Flying."
He and his brothers and Anathema collaborators, Vincent and Jamie Cavanagh, were born and raised in Liverpool, England, by working-class parents. The brothers' song, "One Last Goodbye," was written in memory of their mother, Helen Cavanagh, who passed away in the late 1990s.
In the early 2000s, he embarked upon a European solo tour that featured backup vocals by The Gathering singer Anneke Van Giersbergen.