Partick Station Video

Here’s a new video for you – last year I was given the oh-so-rare opportunity to play alongside a backing band of utterly stellar musicians at Distant Voices (an event co-run by Vox Liminis and the University of Glasgow) to showcase songs written by Scottish prisoners and others involved in the criminal justice system.   Here’s an out-take from our rehearsal for… Read more →

Quiet

This song, taken from the album ‘Happy Holidays’ by The Grand Gestures, has been released as a single today. I co-wrote the song with Pauline Alexander (who sings it alongside me) and Jan Burnett, who heads up The Grand Gestures: Happy Holidays by The Grand Gestures You can get it in these places: Bandcamp iTunes Amazon You might think Hogmanay… Read more →

Victory EP

Yesterday I put out a brand new 4-track EP. It’s called Victory and can be seen as a kind of post-script to my latest album The Great Divide. I made a video for the song’s lead track, using grainy cine-film footage of a 1968 wedding (fun fact – it’s my wife’s parents):     You can get the EP in all the usual… Read more →

Distant Voices – Silent Seconds EP

Last week I got to play alongside some stellar musicians (including Donna Maciocia, Graeme McKerracher, Emma Pollock, Ross Clark, Louis Abbott, Richy Carey, Jo Mango & Lucy Cathcart Frödén) at Distant Voices:In Song, a gig put on by Vox Liminis (an organisation I work with often) to showcase some of the amazing songs that have been written in Vox-run songwriting workshops, both inside and outside of prisons. This brand… Read more →

Time On My Side

This is the sixth in a short series of posts I’m writing about the songs on my new album, ‘The Great Divide‘. Here’s the first (about ‘Arab Spring’), the second (about ‘Post’), the third (about ‘Listen’) and the fourth (about ‘Dead Ringer’). This post is about ‘Time On My Side’: It’s a song about being a parent and how my… Read more →

Annie

This is the fifth in a short series of posts I’m writing about the songs on my new album, ‘The Great Divide‘. Here’s the first (about ‘Arab Spring’), the second (about ‘Post’), the third (about ‘Listen’) and the fourth (about ‘Dead Ringer’). This post is about ‘Annie’: ‘Annie’ is a song named after my Gran, Anne Howie. I was going… Read more →

Dead Ringer

This is the fourth in a short series of posts I’m writing about the songs on my new album, ‘The Great Divide‘. Here’s the first (about ‘Arab Spring’), the second (about ‘Post’) and the third (about ‘Listen’). This week I’m writing about ‘Dead Ringer’: “Staring through Europa’s windows / wishing I could sneak in and hide…” The coolest shop in… Read more →

Listen

This is the third in a short series of posts I’m writing about the songs on my new album, ‘The Great Divide‘. Here’s the first (about ‘Arab Spring’) and here’s the second (about ‘Post’). This week I’m writing about ‘Listen’: When I recorded my new album the first time around it was a very different beast altogether. I had initially… Read more →

Post

In case you missed it last week, I’ve started writing a short series of posts explaining some of the stories behind the songs on my new album. This week I’m writing about ‘Post’: It’s a song I wrote quite a few years ago now. I remember traipsing around the streets of Drumnadrochit, composing it in my head while I was… Read more →