I played a support slot at Leith Folk Club this week, and opened with one of my oldest songs, which I haven’t played for many years. The Ever Open Door started from a title. When I was a child we had a papier mache collection box in the house for Dr Barnardo’s Homes, the children’s … Read more The Ever Open Door at Leith Folk Club
When I planned this I thought there would be more of a snowy February. But anyway … This was one of those notions I just decided to do because I can. A song from my long-ago album The Wolf Who Snared The Moon, and one of my favourites from that period. I don’t think it’s … Read more Winter Sky
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)