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New interview

Friday, December 5, 2014 11:52 Comments Off on New interview

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!

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Hey Sandy revisited

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 11:47 1 Comment

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 […]

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Phil Ochs: a personal recollection

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 13:03 Comments Off on Phil Ochs: a personal recollection

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 […]

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The peril of the first person

Monday, January 17, 2011 10:31 1 Comment

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 […]

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Woodman Folk Club 16 July

Monday, September 20, 2010 8:48 Comments Off on Woodman Folk Club 16 July

Lovely review of July’s Woodman Folk Club gig.

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Sounds Magazine 21 April 1973

Monday, June 21, 2010 15:30 1 Comment

A fan sent me this by email. I’m suprised at how much of what I say I still agree with!

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Recent emails

Monday, June 21, 2010 14:28 1 Comment

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 […]

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Harvey’s Birthday Song

Monday, June 21, 2010 14:26 1 Comment

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 […]

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Unpacking the boxes

Thursday, June 17, 2010 13:59 Comments Off on Unpacking the boxes

Thanks for your patience as we migrated to a new server. Please let us know if we’ve missed any broken links or oddities that have resulted from the move.

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Graham Cooper

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 8:52 4 Comments

My dear friend Graham died on Saturday 29 May in Portugal. We met in 1971 when he was a member of the Lonesome Travellers Folk Group based in the East Midlands. He was a versatile musician, being a fine singer, guitarist and pianist. We teamed up in November 1972 and did our first gig in […]

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