Getting away with it

20150924-PJM by Elijah

Hello you.

How’s it going?

I’ve finished a song that’s been hanging around for a couple of years now. Always told myself it was finished but I took it apart a few days ago and put it back together properly and now it declares itself finished. Anyway, it’s called Dreams Take Flight. I’ll put it in the live set. I’m writing on the piano quite a lot these days, too. Can’t see how I’m gonna bring that out to gigs but you never know.

Oh yeah, it was brilliant fun playing at The Rookery in Spitalfields in London at the weekend. Met up with James Burton, Simon Stanley Ward and Gabriel Moreno again who I know from playing the Lantern Society at the Betsey Trotwood on Farringdon Road and also met singer Lorraine Wood. They’re a friendly bunch of talents and the Upstart Crow Songwriter Festival (Sunday 27 Sept 2015, Spitalfields) is organised by them. I can’t make it this year but I urge you to go if you’re keen to see some songwriting talent that’s going to lift you to a higher place—or even if you just want something to do for the afternoon. Also met, and heard live, Emily C. Smith who is terrific. Her and a drummer (lovely guy whose name escapes me) just effortlessly chucking out into the ether these three-minute growling, telecaster, rock and roll vignettes. Met up and chatted with this lovely guy Ed (surname: dunno) who comes and sees all my London gigs. And thank you for the coffee, Ed.

Went over to Jinder’s house in the week—he lives across the car park from me— to get the ‘bridge saddle’ replaced on my guitar. He can do stuff like that. Sounds louder and better now (louder and better being the ONLY criteria you need to worry about). We drank coffee, talked Graham Nash, came up with a few new swear words (always lots of fun) and got excited about the winter tour (details will be shouted from the rooftops with accompanying poster in due course).

My eldest son finished his second animated short film this week. It’s taken him best part of a year to make (average time for a five-minute short) and I’m very proud of him. It’s really good. Will see if I can get it up online sometime. We’re now busy entering it into various film competitions around the world; might as well get it out there.

Recorded a friend playing his songs in my front room. I think he’s gonna make a record but I’m not sure. Either way, it’s good to get stuff down. He’s a great guitar player, Ian Sedwell. I have the same approach to recording as I do to photography which is hear (see) something good and put a microphone (camera) in front of it. It works.

I got a gig tomorrow at The Barton Inn, Barton St David in Somerset. Loads of really good local talent playing. I’m on at 8.30 p.m. If you’re in that neck of the woods, please pop by. It’s free.

Look after yourself.



More stuff

I’m finally getting along to see the good people at The Rookery in Spitalfields, London this Sunday (20 Sept) to play a few songs. I met James Burton, one of the organisers, a couple of years ago at the infamous Lantern Society at the Betsey Trotwood on Farringdon Road and really liked what they had there; top-quality songwriters singing their songs in a friendly (and slightly ‘hip’, let’s be honest) setting. The Rookery is similar but better, one imagines.

And I’ve just heard that Alex Huskisson of The Mystery Train Radio Show ( on Severn FM is into my stuff and is playing a track (probably off Sweet The Love) on the show on Sunday (20 Sept) between 10.00 p.m. and midnight. It’s on the internet; might as well listen-in if you don’t have an early Monday start! He’s had Ron Sexsmith in on the show so that’s me easily impressed.

Next Sat 26, I’m playing at Jack Harrison and Matt Benjamin’s ‘Harvest Moon Fayre’. Jack and Matt make very moving music. Lots of other top west country talent there too: Aidan Simpson, Son of Richard and Ella Squirrell to name a few. Pop in if you’re in that neck of the woods (see pic).


Incase you were wondering, I DID make another album and it is gonna come out only… not until the new year now and, with any luck, on ****** Records and… myself and Jinder are getting on with booking a Winter tour. Will announce as soon as the number of dates reaches critical mass.

Be nice to yourself; you’re doing the best you can and you’re doing what you need to do.

See you soon.


The Quiet Revolution


Had a good night last night at ‘The Quiet Revoultion’ in Market Harborough with Adam Wilson. He has a vast knowledge of great music. Played a few new songs and talked about loads of stuff including Josh Rouse​, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan​, Rufus Wainwright​, Danny And The Champions Of The World​, Prefab Sprout​, Dan​ Whitehouse… the list goes on.

A good night. Adam says there will, at some point, be a chance to hear the interview again. Good cup of tea also.