||Saturday, August 05 2006 @ 04:43 PM CDT
|| Edinburgh, UK
I was born in Musselburgh but I now live in Edinburgh.
In terms of the music...I attempt to write lyrical, melodic and intelligent songs and try to make the best use of my guitar skills to provide sensitive uncluttered arrangements. I occassionally gig as a part of The Travelling Waverlies, who perform a mixture of poetry and song and who released their first cd "Speaking In Tongues" to really good reviews and then a deafening silence. The Waverlies compromise four poets…Bob Shields, Billy Cornwall, Mike Dillon and myself although the group has grown to be more inclusive and performers such as Mark Barnett, Martin Boland, Nancy Somerville, Jane Fairnie and Kenny Vass have all contributed. We have toured the Netherlands and performed at various festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe. I often collaborate with Bob and we are steadily building up a catalogue of songs. Our joint efforts feature on birthmarked, Speaking In Tongues, The Harbour At Symi, Companions, War On War, The Journeyman, As Eden Lay In Darkness and Banishment. My style cuts across folk, country and blues but I simply try to write the best songs that I can. The most recent CD is The Journeyman where I was lucky to have the support and help of singers and players like Kathy Stewart, Arthur Wilson, Kenny Vass, Martin Boland, Ken Kennedy, Killian Playthell-Steele, Gill Reid, Pamela Halpin, Peter Kavanagh, Mark Barnett, Jane Fairnie and others. I'm currently working on the final stages of producing two related cds, As Eden Lay In Darkness and Banishment, both of which I'm really looking forward to releasing into the world. The latest CD features vocals from Jane Fairnie and Karen Dietz, guitar from Mark Barnett and Bernard Brogue, percussion from Robin Brill, fiddle from Emily Peppers and Mhairi Mackinnon and double bass and harmonica from Ken Kennedy plus a host of others. I'm very lucky to have the support of such great and talented people. I hope you enjoy the songs.