Songstories #15 – The Spell

Greek engraving of sad musician with lyre

I’ve written some sad songs in my time, but this must be the saddest.  It’s a sprawling 7.5 minutes. The theme song, the bit about the spell that opens and closes the song, reflects on how youth feels invulnerable, invincible, even if you know it’s not forever – ‘safe for the moment’. It bookends some half-told … Read more

Songstories #11: Roadblock

Soldiers at a roadblock

My Roadblock album doesn’t get mentioned much when people talk about my music. Maybe because I don’t tend to play many of the songs live. Or maybe because it’s pretty gloomy. The title track is one of the darkest things I’ve done. The inspirations were the blues and the call and response worksongs of the … Read more

Songstories #8 Come With Me

Come With Me was written from my memories of a very hot summer in Edinburgh in 1976, when I’d moved here for the first time (the second time was in 1990). I lived near the Meadows and had a part-time job stacking boxes in a fruit shop before opening time. I’d finish my work by … Read more

Two Roadblock performances

The Roadworks band will have two more outings in December:   Tonight (Sun 7 Dec)  at The Ark, Waterloo Place, with Rob Sproull-Cran, Angel Conversations and others. 8pm start, £2.00 admission   Thurs 11 Dec at The Village, Fort St, Leith, with Ms Fi, Simon Kempston and Mark Barnett  8pm start   There’s a curious … Read more