Miller’s Lake

Here’s a new song. This one started life as a poem, some time before COVID. I had a daily practice of writing a couple of pages before breakfast, most of it rubbish, of course. One morning this just wrote itself; I was quite astonished. A year or so later I asked Gerry Callaghan if he … Read more

Ye Banks And Braes – Robert Burns in John Martyn style (live)

The banks of the river Doon

UPDATED 09/11/2018 Following my post about ┬áJohn Martyn I was thinking about where I’d used his guitar style most, and it was probably this Robert Burns song. Here’s a live video, recorded at home where you can follow the guitar style if you’re that way inclined. Also updated: the Now page Here’s the studio version … Read more

Songstories #22 – History

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 more

Songstories #8 Come With Me

[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] 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 … Read more

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