Stone & Bone

“It’s hard to decide what to let go and what to keep. But those decisions are as much a part of the creative process as thinking things up in the first place.” This song began in a graveyard. I’ve loved Bunhill fields for many years. It’s a really atmospheric graveyard in the City of London. The English visionary Read more about Stone & Bone[…]

Even Elvis Presley

I love Elvis. I mean really love Elvis. From 9 years of age I was obsessed. I joined the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, PO Box 4, Leicester. You see I can still remember the full name and address. A few miles from my house was an Elvis shop. Read more about Even Elvis Presley[…]

Get me Johnny Cash on the phone

Many years ago I read an astonishing book called ‘The Executioner’s Song’ by Norman Mailer. It’s an incredible read about a man called Gary Gilmore who for a while in the 1970s became the most famous man in America. Gilmore was a convicted murderer who was facing life on Death Row at a time when no Read more about Get me Johnny Cash on the phone[…]

My Top 10 Quiet Loner moments of 2015

2015 is a year I will remember for it’s action and activism. The election result in May seemed to initiate a seismic shift in UK politics – from the SNP landslide to the Corbyn mandate, there’s something in the air that is questioning the status quo. There’s been a similar frenzy of musical activity with Read more about My Top 10 Quiet Loner moments of 2015[…]

Look back at 2013

QUIET LONER : 2013 A YEAR IN REVIEW  “What made 2013 special was the varied experiences and people I got to meet through playing music. I got to play at my favourite museum (The People’s History Museum), I got to play at Glastonbury alongside one of my favourite songwriters (Billy Bragg) and tour the Netherlands with Read more about Look back at 2013[…]

Quiet Loner’s Top Ten Protest Songs

No Woody Guthrie? No Bob Dylan? No Billy Bragg? No Quiet Loner? I know, I know….. (in chronological order) 1 – Country Joe Macdonald “Feels like I’m fixing to die” 1967 “Be the first on your block to have your boy come home in a box” Gimme an F! Joe Macdonald came from the radical Read more about Quiet Loner’s Top Ten Protest Songs[…]

Top Ten Loners

This piece orginally appeared on the Spiral Earth website Quiet Loner’s Top 10 loners “He was a quiet loner who kept himself to himself”. So goes the media news reports as they explain the latest serial killer or lone gunman rampage, almost as if a withdrawal from society was reason enough to explain the murder Read more about Top Ten Loners[…]

Protest music is alive and well

“I thought that if you had an acoustic guitar it meant that you were a protest singer” Shakespeare’s Sister by The Smiths Looking back now, I can see that I was singing political songs when I was at primary school. In music classes and assemblies we sang songs like Pete Seeger’s ‘If I had a Read more about Protest music is alive and well[…]