Monthly Archives: March 2012

BMX Bandits: My Chain (Rev-Ola, 2006)

From my first floor studio at East Kilbride Arts Centre you can look through tall windows to see a park with trees, climbing frames for children and an odd sculpture that looks a bit like an unexploded bomb. It’s called

BMX Bandits: My Chain (Rev-Ola, 2006)

From my first floor studio at East Kilbride Arts Centre you can look through tall windows to see a park with trees, climbing frames for children and an odd sculpture that looks a bit like an unexploded bomb. It’s called

A Sunflower On Camphill

In the late summer of 2004 I was living in a flat in Camphill Avenue, Glasgow. The place was a bit, you know, strange. It consisted of one large room with bay windows into which had been built a small kitchen

A Sunflower On Camphill

In the late summer of 2004 I was living in a flat in Camphill Avenue, Glasgow. The place was a bit, you know, strange. It consisted of one large room with bay windows into which had been built a small kitchen

Burt Bacharach: Lounge Legends (Universal 2001)

Burt Bacharach often tells a story about his early days studying composition in California. The vogue among students at the time was towards the atonal and avant-garde but Professor Darius Milhaud spotted something in the young Bacharach and offered a

Burt Bacharach: Lounge Legends (Universal 2001)

Burt Bacharach often tells a story about his early days studying composition in California. The vogue among students at the time was towards the atonal and avant-garde but Professor Darius Milhaud spotted something in the young Bacharach and offered a

Bobby Henry

This piece originally appeared my BBC Blog on 27.09.11 One day they’ll give me the chance to make a radio series about members of the community of musicians and artists who are, for many, a touch off-piste but who nevertheless

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Bobby Henry

This piece originally appeared my BBC Blog on 27.09.11 One day they’ll give me the chance to make a radio series about members of the community of musicians and artists who are, for many, a touch off-piste but who nevertheless

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Al Stewart by Oscar In Venice

Classic Scottish Albums: Al Stewart

Those of you of a certain vintage will remember the era of the TV-advertised Compilation album. Still almost with us but not like the old days. Not for today’s lily-livered consumer 20 Town and Country Greats, Moments In Love or

Al Stewart by Oscar In Venice

Classic Scottish Albums: Al Stewart

Those of you of a certain vintage will remember the era of the TV-advertised Compilation album. Still almost with us but not like the old days. Not for today’s lily-livered consumer 20 Town and Country Greats, Moments In Love or

Lounge Legends: Dusty Springfield (Universal, 2001)

”Dusty Springfield, that’s a pretty name, pretty as a pearl, what a pretty girl!” With these words, the singer Blossom Dearie seemed to sum up the very Dusty-ness of Dusty, at least the image most of us have of this

Lounge Legends: Dusty Springfield (Universal, 2001)

”Dusty Springfield, that’s a pretty name, pretty as a pearl, what a pretty girl!” With these words, the singer Blossom Dearie seemed to sum up the very Dusty-ness of Dusty, at least the image most of us have of this

Hildegard Knef: From Here On It Got Rough (Warner Bros, 2007)

As a singer Hildegard Knef is a great actress. Now, before I go any further let’s be clear – there’s not a shred of disrespect intended in that statement. It’s just that in a world where autotune and all those

Hildegard Knef: From Here On It Got Rough (Warner Bros, 2007)

As a singer Hildegard Knef is a great actress. Now, before I go any further let’s be clear – there’s not a shred of disrespect intended in that statement. It’s just that in a world where autotune and all those