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I enjoyed my gigs in 2015 and also the fundraisers, which were all successful in raising money. I’m hoping to continue with some more next year, so if you’re within about 100 miles of Shrewsbury and you have a venue (village hall, church, club etc) I can do a song night or I can do […]
During the summer I gave an interview to Norman Wheatley for his radio programme Gentlefolk2. Listen to the interview now (the interview is in Part 2) It’s notable for a recording of Colin Scot’s version of Hey Sandy and for a memory I had buried, now revived by Bill Caddick… undoubtedly selective amnesia!
Hayden Dingman of Chapman University, California, has written an interesting modern examination of the songs written about the Kent State shootings, with a section focusing on “Hey Sandy”: “Tin soldiers and Nixon coming”: musical framing and the Kent State shootings [PDF] (One minor error, however, is saying I wrote it a few weeks after Young’s […]
It seems that Phil Ochs is finally being given the place he has long deserved in the history of 20th century song writing. This film will make him accessible to a generation that in many ways is still facing the same problems and wars that Phil wrote about. He was an inspiration to me as […]
I see that Dire Straits’ song Money for Nothing has been banned from the radio in Canada because of use of the word “faggot”. The song tells a story from the point of view of a jealous and ignorant man and uses the sort of language that comes with that mental territory. The writer creates […]
Lovely review of July’s Woodman Folk Club gig.
A fan sent me this by email. I’m suprised at how much of what I say I still agree with!
Hope Village Hall – 08/05/10 What a great pleasure it was to see you live. We both thought your performance was everything we had hoped for. As we said we only came across you about eight months ago and we now have just about everything you have ever recorded. You are far and away the […]
In early May I hosted a songwriting week just two miles from my home in Shropshire at Gleanings. One of my students, Rob Clarke, penned this ditty for my birthday on the 7th. I’m certain Friends of Mine’ll Be around somewhere on vinyl, And Writer of Songs is on CD, In my musical collection This […]