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And so, nervously looking over our collective shoulder at what we’ve left behind, we step into the brave new year. May it be a lot better for all of us than its recent predecessors were.

I have vowed to be realistic in my ambitions for 2023, which has given my New Year’s resolutions something of a Blairite not-one-thing-nor-the-other sort of look. I have resolved not to be deluded about my music  –  nor to be too defeatist. I won’t allow myself to become stressed out  –  but nor will I become slobbish and lazy. I shall listen to other points of view online   –  but avoid becoming drawn into futile debates with the bigoted or the downright moronic.

Careful, well-judged, ever so slightly dull… Those who know me might ask what’s new, to which I will reply in my new cautious mode.

Maybe. Maybe not.

But I’m looking forward to this year. After a brief hiatus, my show The Shock of the Old returns in early January with shows in Laxfield on the 4th, and the Rondo Theatre, Bath, on the 9th. There will be more shows across the country coming up in the late spring  – details to follow. And, of course, I’ll be doing non-themed shows throughout the year.

My new album Meanwhile… continues to be well-received online, with more notices expected during January.  The song-writing has continued come rain come shine, and one of the songs I’ve written since the album was completed was posted on Facebook as my last message of the year. It’s about friends who are no longer around to experience the craziness if the days we are living through.

On the book front, I’m delighted to report that The Transfer, a novel written for teenagers and originally published over 20 years ago – there have been quite a  few more recent additions –  has been optioned for TV by Lime Pictures. It’s one of my favourites among the books I’ve written and I’m thrilled about this.

A very Happy New Year to everyone. Let’s make 2023 a great year for us all.



In a recent edition of The Living Tradition, there’s profile of me to tie in with the release of Playing For Time.

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