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)
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!
Or, What Have You Got Against Linlithgow, Norman? Here’s a previously unseen video from the 2017 Bridge of Orchy sessions, featuring our late keyboard player John Lawrence. This song has always been a favourite of mine to play and people seem to remember and like it. It’s the first song on my first album, The … Read more The Desert Was Better (lyric video)
I’ve posted occasionally about the new solo album I’ve been recording with Gerry Callaghan since we finished In Another Life. Gerry’s aim was to make it a pure singer/songwriter album with the bare minimum of instrumentation. We’ve stretched that a little but it’s been the guiding principle. The album’s not titled yet and we haven’t … Read more Everybody Has A Story – new album preview
It’s been a while since I put out anything new, but the Heaven Sent have been playing new songs over the last six months. There’s Turn, She Wants Out and this one, The Right Thing. Musically this goes back a fair way. The arrangement idea – one repeated note on the guitar plus a bassline … Read more A new song – The Right Thing