Geoff originally born in South Manchester spent most of his formative years in the Northern town of Carlisle. Guitar trained by local bluesman Olly Alcock who was known for his band 'England'. The initial 'England' band formed in London following his move from his native Huddlesfield included a certain John Waite who had a worldwide hit with 'Missing You'. Geoff then started out on the Cumbrian pub/club scene with local act 'Index' then progressing to form his own band 'Tel Aviv' initially as a covers outfit then developing his vocals and songwriting in the pop/rock genre. The band received interest from major record companies such as MCA and CBS in the mid-'80s but with A&R staff changes the interest was lost and the band retired.