I need this like a hole in the head.

A musician reflects on living with Semi-circular/Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS) A few years ago I started to notice a change in my hearing. Weird stuff started happening. One day I realised the strange scratching noise I kept hearing was the sound of my own eyeballs. Watching bands I’d get the sensation of falling backwards, Read more about I need this like a hole in the head.[…]

Glasgow Songwriting Festival

Glasgow Songwriting festival is an annual event celebrating the art of songwriting. Around 40 songwriters of all abilities gather for twelve hours of songwriting workshops led by four experienced tutors who for 2019 were Boo Hewerdine, Carol Laula, Emma Pollock and Festival director Findlay Napier. Despite that fact that I run my own songwriting workshops Read more about Glasgow Songwriting Festival[…]

Singing on BBC TV – Flog it!

About two years ago I filmed an episode of BBC TV’s ‘Flog it!’, to be honest I was beginning to think it would never see the light of day, but it finally aired on BBC One recently. I was asked to sing a song about the Nottingham bareknuckle boxer Bendigo. It’s a song that took Read more about Singing on BBC TV – Flog it![…]

Peterloo 200th – new shows with Tracey Browne

THE PEOPLE’S VOTE – From Peterloo to Brexit A song cycle with Quiet Loner and Tracey Browne Singer-songwriters Matt Hill (Quiet Loner) and Tracey Browne present an evening of live music about the fight for people’s votes. Beginning with Peterloo in 1819 these original songs take the listener through 200 years of history, exploring the Read more about Peterloo 200th – new shows with Tracey Browne[…]

Song featured on BBC Radio 4

A Quiet Loner song from ‘Battle for the Ballot’ featured this week on a BBC Radio 4 documentary. Encounters with Victoria presented by Lucy Worsley explores Victoria’s reign and this weeks episode featured the Chartist rising and an incident when Victoria dines with the wounded Mayor of Newport. Snippets of the song ‘Half a Dozen Read more about Song featured on BBC Radio 4[…]

Songwriting in prisons

Last year I did some songwriting sessions at various prisons across the North West. Part of that work was for a project called ‘Changing Stories’ run by a Manchester based charity called TiPP (Theatre in Prison & Probabation). I’m fascinated and a little obsessed with songwriting as a process. One of the challenges of writing Read more about Songwriting in prisons[…]

Barking Folk Festival

Quiet Loner at Barking Folk Festival Saturday 8 June. 3pm to 9.30pm in the Abbey Ruins. I’m delighted to playing at this year’s Barking Folk Festival – a family festival celebrating the best in English and World folk music and dance. Saturday’s programme in the Abbey Ruins explores ‘Rebels in the Ruins’ headlined by British Read more about Barking Folk Festival[…]

Review of the year 2018

When I decided to become a full time musician I knew it wouldn’t be as simple as just turning up doing some gigs and selling some albums. But when I look back at 2018 I don’t think I could have ever imagined the sheer variety of activities I’d be doing. This year my work has Read more about Review of the year 2018[…]

Voices from the streets take inspiration from the past

“You see the trouble but you don’t understand my struggle.” A new collaboration between people who have experienced homelessness and local artists will be shown at the People’s History Museum on Monday 11 June 2018 as part of Manchester Histories Festival. ‘Moving Panoramas’ will combine visual arts with original songwriting to create a performance piece Read more about Voices from the streets take inspiration from the past[…]

Defiance Sessions 2018

I curate and host a regular music night called the Defiance Sessions celebrating music with something to say. The gigs take place in Glossop, Derbyshire and are all about songwriting that challenges an audience, songs with a conscience, stories of real people and real lives, and songs and that have a defiant and rebellious spirit. From January through Read more about Defiance Sessions 2018[…]