Songwriting and radio interview

Added on Monday 2 Feb 2009

I'm always coming up with ideas for new websites, new businesses and new plans for a bright and shiny future. But - as everyone and their granny always points out; while you're busy planning - the stuff of life just happens - sometimes uninvited and mostly unexpected.

For example, in the last few weeks (as I've mentioned before - maybe I mention it too often) I've found out that a song I co-wrote will be included on Marti Pellow's next album - and in the last few days I've co-written a song with a fantastically talented and well known singer songwriter. None of these were in any plans I'd ever made.

I love writing songs; I love the process of creating something when nothing existed before; and I love developing songs so that they have strong personalities. A brand new song can be like the wine a cook pours into a saucepan to make a sauce; developing a song is like putting the heat on the wine; making the flavour more defined and stronger. A Tenuous analogy I know, but I've been watching too much Masterchef on the telly lately - and I expect you get the idea.

In truth, writing with other people is a relatively new thing for me - but it's definitely something I'll be doing more of; for example, many of the songs I've written recently have been co-written with Pat. This includes a simple Lullaby written a few nights ago - and the song I wrote about in my last songwriters blog; hopefully I'll get some of these songs recorded soon.

If you read my last post - you will know I'm going to be appearing on the Mary Kathleen Burke show on Sunday (Celtic Music Radio 7pm till 9pm). I intend to play the new songs and give my co-writers a name check - so be sure to listen in.

Please get in touch and say hello while I'm on the show - via the email [email protected] and if you know any of my tunes feel free to send a request. I'll be very happy to hear from you.

Put the date and time in your diary: this Sunday evening between 7pm and 9pm. You can listen to the show on the web via or 1530AM. :-)

After the show I'll be going along to the Butterfly and Pig to play a set. This wasn't a gig I planned - but Callum, who runs the Sunday evening session asked me to fill the slot as someone had canceled at the last minute. I'm happy to play - in particular as also playing that evening will be Fiona Cuthill and Stevie Lawrence - a couple of great musicians we met when we were up in Colonsay at the Colonsay Folk festival. I'm looking forward to meeting them and catching up with their news.

That's all for now.

All the best,

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