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California calling

After the recent article in the Clydebank Post about 'the butterfly song', I got an email from Peter Daldry - who stays in Santa Clara, California (he had read the story on the Clydebank Post's website). Peter grew up in Clydebank; in the same street as Hamish and his family. Hamish was mentioned in the article as a major inspiration for the song.

Peter was keen to be involved in some way with the fund-raising for the memorial garden - for all those who have took their lives from the Erskine bridge.

Peter is a singer songwriter himself - so I suggested he play on the song - and I sent him the tracks. He was in the studio at the weekend, so I'm looking foward to hearing the results. Check out Peter's myspace at


  • The Liquid Ship (with Dinny) - 22nd January. That's this Friday.
  •  Celtic Connections Open stage in the Royal Concert Hall  (with Dinny) - 26th January. That's Next Tuesday.

On recent gigs Dinny has been providing backing vocals on some of the songs. Our voices seem to work will together - so - I'm hoping to continue this collaboration (assuming Dinny is good with that). Great to have someone with such a great voice involved both in my gigs and recordings.  You can hear some of Dinny's music at

Be good to see you at one of these gigs.

All the best

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Meeting in the physical world still tops

On Monday Bill Adair, Barbara Burns and Fiona Cuthill came up for a chat with myself and Pat about a possible musical trip to Italy. Turned out to be a great night of chat - with plenty of laughs.

Fiona told her tales of past Italy trips and Bill finished the night by playing some new songs that will be on his next album.

All this - while we chomped away at Pat's Italian inspired spread. Great food and great company.

This virtual social networking thing is fine - but you can't beat meeting up with real people.

All the best,

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