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After a busy spring of travel and performance, summer has been a time of regrouping and writing. Progress with new songs has been as uncertain and snail-like as ever but quite soon a small number will be ready to  make their way in the big wide world.

A few, in fact, are appearing on a new Song of the Week spot on my Facebook music page. The idea behind this little series of videos is to play songs from the past which have meant a lot to me, plus the odd (sometimes very odd) new arrival (this week’s it’s Open Mic Night), and write a bit about how each song came to be written.  I really welcome feedback and comments – in fact, that was where the Song of the Week idea came from. It’s useful, and often surprising, to hear what people get  – or miss  – in songs.

Next month I’ll be back on the road with gigs at the Fisher Theatre in Bungay, supported by my friends Hara and David ‘Deej Black, and at Appleton in Oxfordshire, where I will be part of a double-header with my brilliant sister-in-law Louise Woodgate. For tickets (£15),s ales of which are in aid of the Archway Foundadtion, ring Julie Hester on 07876 277394.

Spring dates for The Shock of the Old are beginning to come in. In the meantime, I’ll be at the Midland Arts Centre in Birmingham for a show on 1st October which will include, rather scarily, and question-and-answer session.


I hope you all enjoy the summer. See you soon!



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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