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Songstories #24: Sullen City (cover)

August 29, 2018

A couple of years ago I learned of the death of a singer-songwriter who’d been a friend of mine when I lived in Manchester. Although … Read moreSongstories #24: Sullen City (cover)

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Vintage picture of couple listening to radio.

After the news fast

August 24, 2018

A few weeks ago I decided to go on a news fast, avoiding news on the media for four weeks. My reasons for doing it … Read moreAfter the news fast

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Scene from video for Box of Tricks - politician addressing audience

Songstories #23: Box of Tricks (cover)

August 9, 2018

This is my cover version of a song by my friends Fiona Thom and John Farrell, of Ms Fi and the Lost Head Band. (It … Read moreSongstories #23: Box of Tricks (cover)

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Vintage photo of two men in conversation.

What the Beatles never told you: She Wants Out

August 3, 2018

She Wants Out Here’s a new pop song. This is a followup to the Beatles’ She Loves You. As you well know, its narrator is … Read moreWhat the Beatles never told you: She Wants Out

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Cartoon of news desk

Why I’m avoiding the news for a month

July 27, 2018

Good evening. Here is the news When I was younger (Oh, no it’s one of those …) news was a fixed point in the day. … Read moreWhy I’m avoiding the news for a month

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Dan HIcks and his Hot Licks on stage

Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks: Original Recordings

July 20, 2018

There are lots of people who can point to music on the shelf. Some like to light candles to it, others seek only to snuff … Read moreDan Hicks and his Hot Licks: Original Recordings

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Brett and Rennie Sparks - The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family – Twilight

July 10, 2018

In which the blogger raves about one of his favourite albums, Twilight by The Handsome Family, in the hope that he’ll encourage more people to … Read moreThe Handsome Family – Twilight

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Orchy Sessions 2 – the album is on sale for Cancer Relief

July 3, 2018

Bridge Of Orchy Sessions 2018 by Bridge Of Orchy Sessions A couple of weeks ago I wrote about an excellent weekend in Bridge of Orchy … Read moreOrchy Sessions 2 – the album is on sale for Cancer Relief

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Cover of Rogue's Gallery album, a pirate abandoned on a beach.

Rogue’s Gallery – three centuries of musical glory

June 21, 2018

One of those Facebook memes came to me – your favourite albums. I had to bypass the Incredible String Band, the Beatles and King Crimson … Read moreRogue’s Gallery – three centuries of musical glory

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Bridge of Orchy Ski Lodge

Living it up in the country – Orchy Sessions 2018

June 14, 2018

Put a small bunch of songwriters in a ski lodge in May with food, drink and recording equipment and what do you get? A lot … Read moreLiving it up in the country – Orchy Sessions 2018

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