Now

I’ll keep this page updated with what I’m doing and what’s on my mind.

A ‘solo’ album

I’m working with Gerry Callaghan on a solo album. Not quite solo. Gerry wanted it solo, just me and acoustic guitar. But we’ve agreed I can ‘enhance’ some songs with another instrument or musician. He’s also helping me finish some of these songs so some will be co-writes.¬† Others are old songs that I’ve had queuing for attention for years.

The Heaven Sent

Terry Dray is providing me with footage from the album launch gig, which I’ll be releasing over the next month or so. The band are now moving on from In Another Life, trying out new songs and – possibly – recruiting another member. Meantime In Another Life is in the longlist for Scottish Album of the Year.

Solo gigs with Lynzie Dray

I’m working with Terry to set up some out-of-Edinburgh gigs around the country with Lynzie Dray.

More solo tracks

Not sure if this will be an album but I’m putting together some very arranged, loop-based tracks, not really Heaven Sent style. The first to go public is Poor Liar.

Music marketing

I seem to spend far more time and effort trying to get my music to people’s ears than making new music. I guess it’s necessary these days. The current project is reducing costs by changing my emailer and complying with the new GDPR regulations about keeping mail lists.¬† Once that’s complete I hope to be able to back off a little from marketing.

Cooking

Surprising everyone including myself, over the last two months I’ve developed a sudden interest in cooking, mainly vegetarian dinners. I plan the week and cook a different dinner every night from the many recipe books that have been stuffed in drawers unseen for years. And I really enjoy it.

Granddaughter

And, a few weeks from now, we’ll meet our granddaughter. My daughter (known as Pest in the early days of this blog) is expecting her to appear in the first week of June

Watching

  • Lost in Space
  • The Path
  • Jessica Jones

Reading

  • June 1st 1974: Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Nico, Eno, Mike Oldfield and Robert Wyatt: The Greatest Supergroup of the Seventies by Dave Thompson
  • Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello
  • The Dark Forest (The Three-Body Problem Book 2) by Cixin Liu

Listening

  • You and I by Ala.ni
  • Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink¬†companion double album by Elvis Costello