Quiet Loner : Review of the year 2019

Looking back on 2019 I’ve done fewer gigs than I normally play, but there have been some real highlights. I’ve picked ten things of note that happened this year, another productive and interesting year for me as a self-employed musician/artist. 1. I was on the telly My appearance on BBC1 antiques show Flog it was Read more about Quiet Loner : Review of the year 2019[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

New songwriting project

From March through to June this year I’ll be working with arts organisation Arthur + Martha as a ‘guest artist’ on a project called Panorama. A couple of weeks ago I started working with people who have lived experience of homelessness. I’ll help them co-create songs, words and music. I’ll do that alongside arthur+martha’s artist Read more about New songwriting project[…]

13 pretty good Quiet Loner things that happened in 2016

I think 2016 was my busiest year to date. It feels like I’ve not stopped. I’ve written, recorded and released a whole new album, toured a brand new show, pushed my songwriting skills, done some workshops for the first time, had a piece in an art exhibition, joined a covers band, run the Defiance Sessions, Read more about 13 pretty good Quiet Loner things that happened in 2016[…]

Unmarked grave – a war story

“It is a terrible war and the greatest sacrifices I am certain are those made by women like you at home with children to care for” Lieutenant Harry Saxon – King’s Own (Lancaster) Today marks 100 years since an event that cast a long shadow across my family. My Great-Grandad Sam Covell was killed on Read more about Unmarked grave – a war story[…]

All these places

‘All these places (despised and chased away)’ Multi media artwork Exhibited at : “Loitering with intent – the art and politics of walking” July-October 2016 (the People’s History Museum)  ‘All these places (despised and chased away)’ is the title of an artwork I have created for an exhibition called “Loitering with intent – the art and Read more about All these places[…]

If love should rise on the winter tide

In 2011 I moved from London to the Derbyshire Peak District town of Glossop. I’d loved living in London, my flat was in Borough where the famous food market was a 2 minute stroll away. My local cinema was the British Film Institute and my local art gallery was the Tate Modern. My local pub, The Gladstone, Read more about If love should rise on the winter tide[…]