William Fitzsimmons home
Born to parents who were both blind, the childhood of William Fitzsimmons was filled with noise and sounds used to compensate for the sight problems of his parents. Music played a large part in this unusual upbringing, featuring instruments including piano, guitar and trombone, as well as singing birds, family sing-songs and an organ that Fitzsimmon's father made himself, while his mother, an ardent fan of Sixties' folk, introduced the young musician to Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, and Joni Mitchell. Fast forward to his adulthood, and for a time, Fitzsimmons left music behind to focus on a career in mental health work, although while at university, he continued composing. Once qualified as a therapist however, he returned to music-making, using the pieces he had created while studying as the basis for his first album.