Adam grew up in the Cotswolds in west-central England. His formative years were shaped by an exposure to Shakespearean theatre and dance through the work of his father, choreographer John Broome. His musical training began with choral music performance, primarily as a soloist. An autodidact at heart, Adam developed his own interpretation of guitar technique in the folk genre, influenced primarily by the folk song and dance traditions of his native England. He has focused on the craft of song writing, composition and arranging and has been making music his profession since 1976. A respected workshop leader, he teaches classes in guitar accompaniment and English traditional singing.