A few of my friends shared this (from 2014) on the eve of the Referendum.  It’s looking likely that if the UK leaves the EU, Scotland will leave the UK, so that’s a lot of unions potentially broken.  (My personal opinion: both the UK and the EU are in dire need of a structural rethink – but I’d much rather that was done over decades rather than years.)

Whichever way you vote, the old saying stands:

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

The Half Moon All Stars in a mellower mood than usual.

Three traditional English tunes, performed by The Half Moon All Stars at a ‘Summer Folk’ gig held at our local on 22 May 2016. The three tunes are Newcastle, and then Jamaica, and then Portsmouth. (You see the logic?)

Thanks to Hannah Bond, as ever, for the filming.

A very scratchy cover of this lovely Nanci Griffith song. You can buy her original album here: http://www.amazon.com/Once-Very-Blue-Nanci-Griffith/dp/B00005UMTG

Performed at the Catweazle Club on Cowley Road in Oxford, on 31 March 2016.

As Nanci Griffith would introduce it: when you get two full moons in one month, the second is called the blue moon.

(Thanks to whoever was sitting next to me for filming – I’m really sorry, I forgot your name…)


This is a very… what’s the word, ‘crunchy’ version of Stan Rogers’ great song ‘The Mary Ellen Carter’.

This filmed in The Cellar Bar in Oxford, supporting Trembling Bells, on 10 April 2016.

(Thanks to Hannah Bond for the filming.)

A new video for an old song. I wrote and recorded it in… I think… 2004. I seem to recall it was autobiographical, but I forget the details now. I forget the details to everything now; it’s a handy trait.

I was under the impression that the Russian carton was in the public domain – YouTube seems to think otherwise. History will decide. Well, that and the United States justice system…