People often say to me that they’re amazed at how much I get done. I’m always busy, always up to some project or other. What they don’t know is that I use a collection of hacks and techniques for working smart. It means I can get loads done in super fast time.
I wrote a song about John Hartwell last week. I want to say more about the background to it, so that you know the full story.
John Hartwell’s death in 1972 was a brutal one. He was stripped, tied, and put in a bath of extremely hot water.View full post
I’m delighted to be dragging my guitar into Billy Butler’s trusty studio for a chat and some tunes tomorrow morning (Saturday 12th April).
You can hear me from 10.30am on BBC Radio Merseyside, where I’ll be singing some songs, and talking about the new show Love Hope & Resistance, at the Bluecoat on May 1st.View full post
After my last post on the record industry, you have been asking for something more concise. So here it is. The 10 key reasons why you HAVE to be your own record label.
As an independent musician, I took an early decision to release my music independently of record companies. I faced the option of waiting to get signed, the holy grail of so many artists, or forget all that and get on with it.
Just to let you know that I’ll be discussing art and politics with Liverpool Community Radio‘s Julian Bond tomorrow (Wed 26th Feb).
The show starts on at 11am til 1pm, and looks at the relationship between ‘Art and Politics’.
My Dad just can’t believe it. “I don’t believe it” he says exasperatedly. Then he sighs and says: “Sod’s law. Bloody sod’s law.”
If you don’t know what sod’s law is, it’s the rule that says “what can go wrong will go wrong.” It’s his favourite saying.
One thing that holds me back is self confidence. If I aim too high, or have too ambitious a thought, a voice inside me often scoffs: “Ha! Who the hell are you?”
I wrote a new song today for all of us lonely souls on Valentine’s Day.
It’s another that I’ve recorded scruffily on my phone. But it has some charm for all of that.
It’s called on This Old Guitar.
I went to see the Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davies the other day.
It’s a film about the trials and tribulations of a folk singer, so you can see why it appealed.