Nanci, Don & Charlie

In less than a fortnight in the summer three people whose music was – and is – very important to me passed away. They were Nanci, Don and Charlie. Their names written together like that suggest a folk trio though I don’t think they ever worked together. But between them they crossed musical boundaries ofContinue reading “Nanci, Don & Charlie”

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A late-night conversation with an old friend in a remote windswept house

So, here we are, my first blog for nearly six months. Any excuse? Not really. Not only that but my headline is stolen – it’s all in a good cause, though. On 1 November Kathie Touin (that is Mrs Brown) released a new album of her wonderful songs, Facing The Falling Sky. And it isContinue reading “A late-night conversation with an old friend in a remote windswept house”

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Brief impressions of a trip to Glasgow

In late April I made my first proper visit to Glasgow for many years. When I say proper I do not mean previous visits were improper, they were just very short. I paid a brief visit with my parents as a teenager, and two brief day trips for work when I was at the BBC.Continue reading “Brief impressions of a trip to Glasgow”

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Looking from a different perspective

I grew up in England. It probably doesn’t matter too much exactly where but it was on the borders of East Anglia and the East Midlands, near Peterborough. I grew up English, with an English view of the world. In 1986 I moved to London and, a few years later, got divorced. These two eventsContinue reading “Looking from a different perspective”

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Across the Border: Broadcasting in an independent Scotland

  The devil is in the detail. What a great expression. And like many old sayings it carries great truth. Here in Scotland we are moving towards our vote on whether to become an independent country. The referendum will be held on Thursday 18 September, 2014. I think the vote will be against independence butContinue reading “Across the Border: Broadcasting in an independent Scotland”

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Hello Cruel World

Have you ever heard these songs? On A Bus To St Cloud? The Secret Of Life? Eddie’s First Wife? Independence Day? Ghost? If you haven’t, I would recommend searching them out. You might know some of the songs as performed by others but there is one great songwriter behind all of them – Gretchen Peters.Continue reading “Hello Cruel World”

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Where is the Super Station in Orkney?

Here in Orkney we’re well served by local media considering we only have a population of about 20,000. We have a fine newspaper, The Orcadian, packed full of local news, information and advertising. There is also an award-winning colour monthly magazine featuring local folk, Living Orkney. And the monthly Orkney Advertiser, a free publication ofContinue reading “Where is the Super Station in Orkney?”

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