• Time for a knees-up
    Influences,  Music

    Thick as a Brick, in Budapest

    I can hardly believe it is 17 years since I last saw Jethro Tull, on the “Roots to Branches” tour (in Glasgow). I recall being a little underwhelmed at the time, having the feeling that the fun had gone out…

  • Influences

    Mad Dog Days

    RIP John Martyn Another month, another rock legend passes on… It’s been over 20 years since I saw him perform (as a duo with Danny Thompson). It was the first gig I had been to where I had never heard…

  • Influences

    Neo-prog overload

    It does get its fair share of bad press, but neo-prog was a part of the early years of my musical development – mainly because the other bands I liked at that time in the mid 80’s (Jethro Tull, Pink…

  • Influences

    Tartan Heart (Belladrum) Festival

    It has been a number of years since I last went to a music festival to experience the delights of multiple bands, dodgy catering and never-ending queues for toilets. My first such event was the Cropredy festival in 1987 which…

  • The Lunacy Board

    Radio Killed the Video Star

    We’ve had some very positive feedback about “The Unofficial National Anthem” from a few sources now, which has been quite encouraging, comparing the song, or parts of it, to Syd Barrett, Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, Can, Jethro Tull and others.…

  • The Deserters

    White Silk

    Track of the Week White Silk Week 7 of the grand mp3 download extravaganza. From the ridiculous to the sublime. White Silk was written by me after seeing a mysterious dark-haired young lady, dressed all in white, walking towards the…