Weekend listening: “Abandoned Face Mask”

August 29, 2020

The title track of the forthcoming album:

DJ Southwold on organ. Thanks to him.

Weekend listening: “Reptile Brain”

August 22, 2020

A new genre is born: Spaceabilly!

Taken from the forthcoming album “Abandoned Face Mask”.

Weekend listening: summertime in a vortex

August 1, 2020

Taken from the forthcoming lock down album “Abandoned Face Mask”.

Thanks as always to DJ Southwold.

Sometimes it rains, sometimes it doesn’t…

Weekend listening: somewhere in Summertime #lockdown

July 4, 2020

My good friend John and I are working on a “lockdown” album. His guitar playing is very good. My contributions are variable but doing this is keeping me sane, so thanks to him.

Below are the latest 2 tracks:


Weekend listening: “Hurricane Whatzername”

May 30, 2020

So have you ever had a song arrive in your head from nowhere?

Have you ever had a song arrive in your head that sounds like AC/DC?


Must be just me then…

Thanks to DJ Southwold for some high quality guitar work contrasting with my rather ham fisted approach.

Rock on!

Weekend listening: “Spark”

May 2, 2020

DJ Southwold in top form here. Thanks to him.

#SoundCloud #np

Weekend listening: “Isolated Blues”

April 18, 2020

Art made at home. DJ Southwold has done a great job here.

With best wishes for anyone who may happen to listen.


January 25, 2020

“oh my God!, screamed Doctor Frankenstein “it lives! It lives!”

Merry Blogmas 2019!

December 20, 2019

In times of trouble, music is a comfort and a joy…

Band of the year: @WITCHFEVER

Gig of the year: joint tie between the 3 times I saw Witch Fever (photos from 3rd time below)…

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Witch Fever – House of Vans

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…and Peach Club at the Old Blue Last in August

Album of the year: “Cuz I Love You” by @Lizzo. All killer, no filler!

Track of the year:“Dream Cleaver”by Death Valley Girls.

(Yes I know I choose Death Valley Girls every year but put your headphones on, turn this up to max, and you will be transported to the heavens)

This was also the year when I belatedly discovered J Frisco

Grumpy electro pop of the year: the gigantic clash between Exit Strategy and Black Slipper!

Improvised jazz ballad of the year (Thanks as always to my good friend Simon Hopkins):

I heard someone on Radio 1 say “if this year was a car it would have been pulled over”… let’s hope next year it’ll be back on the road and an electric car!

Happy Christmas to all!

Weekend listening: notes on trying to cover Joni Mitchell’s “Last Chance Lost”

November 2, 2019

I was surprised at how easy it was to pick up the tune ( to be fair I did practice a lot). A lovely tune with a lot of complex musical machinery whirring away underneath.

Simon tuned his guitar (here’s the tuning). As soon as he started playing I said “Oh my god! It’s Joni Mitchell!”. For a musician to be able to own a set of notes that instantly tell you who it is, shows character and musicality of a very high order. It’s a sonic landscape that can be the work of one person only.

I thought “we’ll do some Joni Mitchell” and then we’ll do something tougher“. How naive could I be? Joni Mitchell’s music (and this track is just one example) is already tough enough. Even when she’s in love, there’s never a trace of sentimentality. Both these versions bring out the toughness (DJ Southwold’s version sounds like Massive Attack) even if they’re not that close to the chords.

Joni tunings forever!