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 starts very quietly!) I’ve loved the song Box of Tricks since the first time I heard it. The soaring chorus of I fooled them all is one thing, the elusive … Read moreSongstories #23: Box of Tricks (cover)
I added lyrics to a video I made in 2015, and it’s proved the most popular video I’ve had on Facebook. Let me know if you like it – please share it if you do. There’s a little more background in Songstories #7: Song For A Walk If you like this, you might also like … Read moreSong for a Walk (lyric video)
Following my post about John Martyn I was thinking about where I’d used his guitar style most, and it was probably this Robert Burns song. I’m using the thumb-slap technique that was the mainstay of Martyn’s acoustic work, the most celebrated example being May You Never. In this song I’ve dropped the E string down … Read moreYe Banks And Braes – Robert Burns in John Martyn style
Not a political song as such, but one arising from the current state of play. On the drive home from a rehearsal I was chewing over an explanation I’d read of why I and so many friends have been so shaken by Brexit and Trump and all that. The article (not in the public domain) … Read moreSongstories #22 – History
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 moreSongstories #8 Come With Me
James and me at OOTB, kindly filmed by John and Fi. Shame you can’t hear the bass, but look at those fingers go – Jim told me to tell you it’s really good!