Action at a distance

Veronique Bouchet and I have collaborated remotely on this song. Here’s the story behind it. In August last year I took part in the Singing & Songwriting Retreat run by Paola Vera and Pete Churchill in the Gironde, south-west France. I was looking through mementos of that inspirational event. One of the exercises was a brainstorm session in which we listed…

Continue reading

Plant blindness

Helen Ougham, Dawn Sanders and I contributed a paper today (21 May) at ‘The fierce urgency of now: Navigating paradoxes in sustainability education’. (SHE Conference 2020) hosted online by Canterbury Christ Church University. It’s on the subject of Plant Blindness. The presentation is available online (don’t know for how long). If you’re interested, here’s the…

Continue reading

I remember Aberystwyth

Exiled for almost 6 weeks, with no prospect of returning to the Land of Cymric Mists and Bara Brith for at least a month. So here’s a little memory of a tiny, not very beautiful nook in the old town that I’m quite fond of. The Nanoband has…errmmm…disbanded, due to artistic and personality differences and…

Continue reading

Sea fever

This is Nance Wilson singing John Ireland’s setting of the famous John Masefield poem. I’ve reharmonized it for the piano accompaniment. Nance did it in one take on a flying visit from NZ to my studio in Kent. Music of the hemispheres.

Continue reading

Citation style

Every journal seems to have its own format for citing references, mostly a variant of one or other of the Big 5. They are all, to a greater or lesser extent, a pain to conform to and every publication has one or more conventions that seem to me to be unnecessarily fussy and inappropriate for…

Continue reading

New album by Maggie Nicols and Sid

A collection of originals, comprising a little free impro (of which Maggie is, of course, the Queen), settings of poetry by George Wither and Rainer Maria Rilke, and songs about darkness, fear, greed, epiphanies, time, life and the complete history of agriculture and civilization.  More about What are We here.

Continue reading