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:

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…


I had the great pleasure to be MC-ing the main stage on Saturday night at this year’s Folk Weekend Oxford festival, and the first act were one of my favourite local acts: Small & Gold.

Which meant I got to say the same spiel that I’m about to write here. If you were at that gig, well, it improves with repetition. Probably. Continue reading

Here‘s a blast from the past.  Eight years ago.  Me referring to recently turning 30, so that dates it.

It’s from an old YouTube account which is riddled with copyright infringements, but which Google won’t let me log into in any way shape or form, so I can’t delete it.  It’s just stranded there, floating in space forever, like one of the main characters from the film Gravity[belated spoiler alert]

As soon as I’ve caught up with the admin side of this new mailing list enterprise, I’m going to start recording new material – apologies (to myself mainly) for not having anything new right now.  But the goal is to keep producing new stuff, but good quality stuff, and that does take a certain amount of organisation; hence the delay.

Iggy Pop, incidentally, is now 68 of course.  And Debbie Harry is 70.