I’m beginning to wonder if the old ‘album a year’ paradigm is the one to stick to for the future. After In Another Life, it took about a year to produce Ten Objects, during which time I shelved various ideas that didn’t fit the style of the Ten Objects album, but of course that meant … Read more Gurus At The Bar
This is an updated and expanded version of a previous post about this song, prompted by several recent comments from friends about how much they like it. They reminded me how much I like it too, and think it’s one of my better pieces of songwriting. You might find the story interesting. I’m not sure … Read more Come With Me (all you never wanted to know)
Ask me (as in Jim asks me some questions) Last week Jim Welsh, a presenter on Summerhall Radio, invited me to talk about the new album and play some tracks on his show. I couldn’t come the day of his show so he had me in another day for a special – I felt privileged! … Read more Ask me, don’t ask me
Last Thursday, 21st November, saw the launch party for Ten Objects in the Voodoo Rooms Speakeasy in Edinburgh. Before the gig To say I was nervous in the runup to it would be an understatement. A recurring vision was of playing to my wife and the band members and no-one else. The Facebook event I … Read more Ten Objects launch party
This is an idea that’s always been at the back of my mind for The Ballad of Bob Dylan, finally realised! The inspiration goes back to my friendship with Adrian Whittaker who co-edited the Incredible String Band fanzine Be Glad. One of the contributors drew a lovely comic strip version of the song Ithkos from … Read more The Ballad of Bob Dylan – Illustrated!
Here’s a new video for the new album. About the song This started life as a songwriting exercise on a weekend in Bridge of Orchy. The first version took about twenty minutes to write and when I played it back to the others I felt myself tearing up. That’s how I knew it was a … Read more Story of a Love in Ten Objects (video)