I Remember It All From Before …

Long term readers of this site will be familiar with my fascination with the Incredible String Band. The first band I truly loved as a teenager, I keep coming back to them, thinking I’ve left them behind then having something trigger another wave of affection. This year it was when my friend Rossco played a … Read more I Remember It All From Before …

Songworks #4: Passenger Pigeons by the Handsome Family

This a beautifully observed, concise jewel of a song with a disturbing twist. This description would be true of many, if not most, of the Handsome Family’s songs, but I find this one especially moving. I’ve considered singing it during a solo set, but was afraid I would choke up – it still gets to … Read more Songworks #4: Passenger Pigeons by the Handsome Family

The Moody Blues – a Lost Chord rediscovered

Not moody, not blue, not cool After their heyday in the early 1970s the Moody Blues never seemed to be a ‘cool’ band. The 1977 punk attack on progressive and hippy music of course put them in the firing line. But even as retrospect has showed artists from the Sex Pistols to Nick Cave and … Read more The Moody Blues – a Lost Chord rediscovered