• Jack and Pete and Lou and Ray

    I guess it is noticable that I don't blog on here like I used to. Some of that is because I am a bit secretive about 'work in progress' until it's ready - trust me, there IS real work in progress right now.. but also I especially seemed to write lots of obituary type pieces, too many. So many people have died, that's the bottom line of it. Jackie Leven, Larry Cassidy, Tony Wilson, Adrian Borland, Paul Allatson, Tom Westmoreland, Robbie Murphy and more, people like that played a part in making me what and who I am. I felt, and live with, so much grief over my mother. There came a point where I had everything to say but didn't know what to say about seminal figures, massive figures, figures who made the music what it is. It doesn't matter if they were as seemingly unstoppable and venerably ancient as the great folk pioneer Pete Seeger even, a loss is a loss is a loss. I feel Ray Manzarek, Lou Reed, and now Jack Bruce are like family. I hate to sound like a morose teenager but their passing has hit me very hard. A world without Lou, I still can't make sense of it, but he lives when you put 'Berlin' on. Ray was the ornate bedrock for Jim Morrison's poetic quest and bluesman hollering, he made The Doors sound what it was. My first LP other than by The Beatles was the live half of Cream's 'Wheels Of Fire' when I was 12.. and I was there at the Royal Albert Hall reunion in 2005, first night, such a thrill. I saw Lou that same year on supremely grumpy form, and the year before I saw Ray with The Doors Of The 21st Century. Mortality, it'll never last, don't I know it.. but the music is forever.



  • November tour + Kevin Coyne exhibition show

    In November I'm undertaking a small tour with American singer songwriter Anda Volley with Simon Waldram and Lisa De'ville and a suprising extra act on the second night.

    FRIDAY NOVEMBER 14TH: THE CHAMELEON CLUB NOTTINGHAM with Anda Volley + Simon Waldram + Lisa De'Ville

    SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15TH: THE SIR CHARLES BRADLAUGH NORTHAMPTON with Ed Tenpole Tudor + Anda Volley + Simon Waldram

    SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16TH: THE COOKIE LEICESTER with Anda Volley + Simon Waldram + Lisa De'Ville

    I also perform a selection of songs by Kevin Coyne and some of my own material at the oepning of an exhibition of his paintings in his native Derby.

    FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21ST: DEDA DERBY perfroming songs by Kevin Coyne + Nigel Burch and his One Man Flea Orchestra and films and art by Kevin Coyne.-



  • All Was Numbered CD release. Available now.

    Until now my 2012 album 'All Was Numbered' has only available on download but it is at last also out as a CD on Peter Hook's Hacienda label with cover and booklet design by Chris McMinn and Jim Tetlow featuring full credits and lyrics and liner notes by Paul Morley. Paul's involvement comes about because of his asking me to write a song especially for his 2011 Southbank Meltdown Festival tribute show to Tony Wilson. The 'song' became 3 songs and then 7 and formed the material for this album. These songs use my era on Factory Records as their inspiration and they include my elergies for Tony Wilson and Section 25's Larry Cassidy. There are guest appearances by Mark 'Flash' Haynes, Chris Conway, David Dhonau, Camilla Kent (soon to be seen on 'The X Factor' 2014), Sally Barker (Runner up of BBC's 'The Voice'), John Butler (Diesel Park West), Mr Plow, Kenton Hall (ist), Gem, Dan White, Martha Bean and Adam Ellis who also engineered and co-produced the whole package with me. There is an additonal uncredited track, a 2014 radio edit for 'Now Is Then'. The album can be purchased on this site via Paypal, Bandcamp and as a download from Hacienda Records or iTunes.



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    NOW IS THEN (2014 EDIT)