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!
Some months ago, a discussion on the Out of the Bedroom board invited readers to choose their Desert Island Discs – the albums they would take with them if they were to be marooned on a desert island with the best sound system available (so that’s plausible, eh?). It’s a fun exercise, so I picked … Read moreInspirations: Desert Island Discs