Island Samplers – more than your money’s worth in old pence

Island sampler You Can All Join In front cover

In the early 1970s, inspired by the success of CBS’s The Rock Machine and The Rock Machine Turns You On, many record companies started putting out budget-price samplers. Island Records made some of the most popular samplers, and the Island samplers are still regarded with affection and listened to today. Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, Traffic, … Read moreIsland Samplers – more than your money’s worth in old pence

The Monk From The Mountain of Sorrow lyric video

Lyric videos seem to be a thing nowadays, presumably so that something shows when you’re looking at them on Facebook during a meeting with the sound off, pretending it’s an important email. This song was on All The Time In Heaven. I’d written it years earlier of course, and at first I was a little … Read moreThe Monk From The Mountain of Sorrow lyric video

Leonard Cohen – my life in (his) art

I was sixteen and in fifth year at school. My girlfriend at the time was in sixth year, her eye on the end of school and the beginning of ‘real life’. One evening at her house she brought out a white album with an obscure, burned out photo on the front. Songs from a Room. … Read moreLeonard Cohen – my life in (his) art

A Tip of the Hat to Leonard Cohen: Tower of Song and Hallelujah

Here are a couple of clips from the ‘Many Sing Lenny’ tribute night at the Captain’s last week. Given time and a peaceful life I’ll make up a compilation of all the acts I filmed, but here’s my ‘Tower of Song’ and an informal community singalong of Hallelujah featuring Kat McKenzie, James and Paula Igoe, … Read moreA Tip of the Hat to Leonard Cohen: Tower of Song and Hallelujah