You Wouldn’t Want To Be Me

Here’s a song I’d forgotten about, perhaps rightly so. This dates from the first Glasgow Songwriting Festival I attended in 2017, in Govanhill Baths. Findlay Napier, who organised it, recently asked participants to offer any examples of songs they wrote at the Festival. I was at a session led by country singer Jim Hunter, whose … Read more

Strings attached

I’ve been working on a new approach to one of my songs, scoring it for a string quartet. If I can get it right I’d like to do it for a few more. I’ve been supported and mentored in this by Ged Brockie, my guitar teacher; we spend as much time talking about composition as … Read more

Two covers by Darren Thornberry

darren thornberry by Joseph Irvin

Darren Thornberry is an American singer songwriter living in Lafayette, Colorado. He spent a few years in Edinburgh, as part of the music scene I came into when I joined the Out of the Bedroom open mic night. He had a great band, Thorn’s Musical Journey, who shared my launch gig for the Roadblock album, … Read more

Six songs for Ruby

My session for Ruby Tuesday Sessions this week, featuring three unrecorded songs, Only The Sea (solo version), Beggar of Love and You Just Want the Thrill. Plus the most gormless-looking video thumbnail I’ve ever been part of. How I’ve been doing this, in case you’re interested. The last couple of times I’ve balanced an iPad … Read more

Six more lockdown songs

Hi – here are some more songs from live lockdown sessions. This was from the Ruby Tuesday sessions on 23rd June End of Tears A Careless Blow Polecats Rossignolet du Bois (French folk song) The Ballad of Bob Dylan Green Lights All The Way