How to play Frippertronics (1)

What’s Frippertronics? Robert Fripp’s typically mock-academic definition of Frippertronics is the musical experience resulting at the interstice of Robert Fripp and a small, mobile and appropriate level of technology…. The origin of Frippertronics The origin of Frippertronics is well documented. Brian Eno introduced Fripp to the recycling delay effect of playing into a set of … Read more How to play Frippertronics (1)

Richard Thompson – Doom and Gloom from the Tomb

Photo of Richard Thompson by Anthony Pepitone

Doom and Gloom from the Tomb was the title of a Richard Thompson compilation of unreleased material issued on cassette in 1985  It’s a phrase that’s stayed with him over the years. Few songwriters have plumbed the depths of sadness, anger, resentment and hatred with such a direct and unsentimental vision as Richard Thompson. Folk … Read more Richard Thompson – Doom and Gloom from the Tomb

Robin Williamson – the explorer bard

Robin Williamson playing harp

In a recent video I covered Robin Williamson’s Zoo Blues. In case anyone came away with the idea that Williamson just wrote funny skits, here’s a bit more about the man behind the Incredible String Band. Where did that come from? Robin Williamson seemed to burst fully-formed onto the Edinburgh folk scene in the early … Read more Robin Williamson – the explorer bard

Fifty animals in this song – how many can you spot? (Robin Williamson cover)

For a few years now I’ve been playing Robin Williamson’s Zoo Blues in my solo set and challenging people to spot all the animal puns in it.  In a way it seems perverse – Robin’s written so many beautiful and spiritual songs both in his Incredible String Band days and since. If you’re going to … Read more Fifty animals in this song – how many can you spot? (Robin Williamson cover)

John Martyn – the wounded giant

John Martyn

This is part of a series of posts about the musicians who’ve inspired me. Today it’s about the wounded giant that was John Martyn. You know John? One summer when I was at Glasgow University, I worked lunchtimes in Glasgow’s first vegetarian restaurant, Gemini, on Sauchiehall Street. Sometimes after my stint I would stay and … Read more John Martyn – the wounded giant