Carry On in the Central Belt

“Listen, listen. Ooh – aah – titter ye not. Ooh no missus… Settle down now, settle down,” as Frankie Howerd might have said. First of all, my apologies, for the cheeky title to this blog – well, we all need to promote ourselves a little. Second, some explanations, for those not born in the UKContinue reading “Carry On in the Central Belt”

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Back to vinyl? You’ll have to speak up, I got beans in my ears…

If you are a music listener you have probably noticed the “back to vinyl” trend of recent years. Fans of vinyl, or records as we once called them, say the sound quality is better than on a CD and the artwork is better realised on a larger platform. However, despite having a large and stillContinue reading “Back to vinyl? You’ll have to speak up, I got beans in my ears…”

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Reflections on Edinburgh – and back to a busy Orkney

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know I am a big admirer of Gretchen Peters’ music. So much so, that my wife Kathie Touin and I travelled 200 miles to Edinburgh to see her in concert at Easter. Well, it was everything I hoped it would be, and much more.Continue reading “Reflections on Edinburgh – and back to a busy Orkney”

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Sorry I can’t be in London, or Belfast… but I can be in Edinburgh

Two of my favourite singer-songwriters are touring the UK now. The good news is that I can get to see one but, sadly, not the other. I have mentioned in many blogs and countless Tweets how much I love living in Orkney, a part of the world frequently described as being “remote”. But for thoseContinue reading “Sorry I can’t be in London, or Belfast… but I can be in Edinburgh”

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An album to take through the pearly gates

Every now and again an outstanding album comes along. I don’t just mean an album of music that you like, but one that has a powerful resonance and that will be with you for years to come, for the rest of your life. And not just an album of great individual tracks, but one thatContinue reading “An album to take through the pearly gates”

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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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