Dez has continued to make music since Forest, regularly playing solo and frequently working with other musicians. Dez performs as one of Three Voices with poet Trevor Millum and storyteller Graham Langley, as Strawberry Moon with Cathy Allenby, Jeff Parsons and Kelvin Baldwin, and as North Wood Drift with Catthy Allenby and Phil Friend. Dez has contributed to recordings by Henry Priestman, Martin Peirson, David Swan, No Parking For Caravans, Phil Friend and Story.
His music is original but based on traditional roots.
'A bit of folk, a bit of blues, some of my own compositions. Songs I just feel compelled to sing.'
Dez plays Fylde Octavius Bouzouki, Wheatstone English Concertina, M1 Shruti Box with Bowring pedal, Harmonicas, Korg PA Keyboard, sundry kalimbas and a variety of whistles and percussion. And, of course, he sings.
'I'm a minimalist really. I like to get to the essence of a song and mainly just do that.'