Hope Lies Over the Border!

It is with delight and amazement that I can report…Songs of Separation won the ‘Best Album’ category at the BBC2 Folk Awards, 2017. What a special thing! It’s not a surprise to me that people liked the album. The musicians on it are all incredibly gifted, and it just so […] Read more »

Na Trads

Songs of Separation had a cracking time at The Scottish Trad Awards (Na Trads). Ok, so we didn’t win ‘Best Album’ (which we were nominated for), but we did have a great band Christmas party! Everyone had a nice time and one person fell over. For me, it was the […] Read more »

It’s a wrap!

The Songs of Separation project is almost at its end. We have just one gig remaining – a wee two song slot at the Scottish Trad Awards on 5th December 2016. I commissioned our film maker, Ben Cormack, to make a final film for us to share with our audiences. […] Read more »

A busy time of it…

It’s been a busy year, with the production, booking and tour management for Songs of Separation! We’ve gigged in Edinburgh, London, Dumfries, Cambridge, Cardiff, Bury, Woodchester, Dundee, Didcot and Glasgow, but not in that order. That would be a terrible tour schedule! To be honest, I didn’t ever envisage myself […] Read more »

Songs of Separation

This is what I’ve been up to! Here’s the story… Find out more about Songs of Separation here Check out videos and singles here Find us on Facebook! Read more »

Songlines

Well, it’s been a bit busy here for a few months now. I’m up to my ears in all things ‘Songs of Separation’. SoS is a project I’ve been working on since 2013, involving ten fantastic female folkies. With Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart, Kate Young, Mary Macmaster, Hannah Read, Hannah […] Read more »

Danny Thompson Project – double double bass and a studio

A quick update, because I really ought to be playing the bass (rather than messing about online). TOMORROW I hit the studio with Danny Thompson, the most incredible bass player, mentor and friend. This is a dream come true, and I keep thinking I might wake up at any moment! […] Read more »

Songs of Separation!

This is really exciting – it’s only ten days to go until the Songs of Separation project. This is a gathering of musicians from across the UK, to arrange, rehearse and record an album of mostly traditional songs, exploring themes – social, political, economic, personal – musically exploring human experience […] Read more »

Working with young musicians

I get so much joy from working with young musicians! Fun, inspiration, insight into music and the many ‘reminders’ of the positive role that music can play in people’s lives are encapsulated in a good lesson or workshop. Teaching recharges my own batteries, and my commitment to music and to […] Read more »

What would the Wailers say?!

I have had the good fortune to listen to a lot of reggae through my life. In fact, it’s been one of my ‘constant’ genres of choice, since I went to my first reggae gig at 6 years old. Others genres come and go, but reggae remains, always uplifting, always […] Read more »