Heaven Sent album 2 – percussing

Suzy Cargill playing glockenspiel

A couple of snippets from two days of recording percussion and electric guitars for our second album. Going like clappers Suzy, Fi and me adding handclaps to She Wants Out. (If you know the song you can sing along in your head.) This scene was from a level check and I’ve grafted it onto a … Read more

Heaven Sent album 2 – the adventure begins!

Last weekend the Heaven Sent convened in Falkirk with Jennifer Ellen Clark at her home studio. We’ve known Jen for a while as the producer of Liz Jones and Broken Windows, and she’d always liked our live act so we’ve wanted to do this for some time. Over the last few weeks we’ve rehearsed far … Read more

Mulling over Kintyre

Last weekend was without doubt one of the most enjoyable musical experiences of my life. David Fee of Homesongs had arranged a series of four gigs for myself and Rosie Nimmo in the Kintyre peninsula. For him, this was a way of getting back to his first love – house concerts – after a long … Read more

Three acoustic cover versions

Cover of album Pierre de Grenoble by Gabriel and Marie Yacoub

Having a trawl through my archive vault deep underground, protected by fearsome robot warriors and smelling faintly of disinfectant, I came across this from The Village pub in Leith a couple of Christmases ago. Three quiet acoustic cover versions of songs I’d loved for a long time but never played until that night. The songs: … Read more

What meditation is like

There’s space, and everything shining in itLike the light of Carravagio And the young man’s voiceHas things to say about the situationAnd the old man’s voiceSlaps him down The camera zooms in to their squabbleAnd the light is forgotten Until it isn’tAnd the contestants’ raft disappears downstream In that moment …In that moment … But … Read more