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Welcome to my site. It’s my place to try out some writing and music.

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Future Islands

Every June, I try to catch a bit of the Glastonbury festival footage on the BBC. Must have been 2015 I caught a band called Future Islands performing their set. It’s hard not to notice their unique singer and his emotional performance. He’s … Keep Reading…

150 Job Applications

I had my first job aged 12, washing up in a pub kitchen. I worked 3 hours on a Saturday and 3 hours on a Sunday. I was paid £1.50 an hour. I had that job on and off up … Keep Reading…

A Stitch in Time

I first came across this song with the excellent Christy Moore version and I’ve had it in mind to tackle for several years. It was written by Mike Waterson and deals with the subject of a drunk, abusive husband and how … Keep Reading…

Suicidal Thoughts

Oh, this is a cheery subject, my advice is to give this post a skip because I’m going to get dark here. Last week while out for an evening walk in an old haunt where the footpath crosses a railway … Keep Reading…

Earthlings Calling Earthlings

It was twenty years ago that I was recording the album that became Earthlings Calling Earthlings. Marcus and I had come up with much of the material in 1996 and recording began in the summer of 1997 and the album … Keep Reading…

Hairs

I remember my first grey hair. I was 30 years old and one day, whilst looking in the mirror, there it was, almost smiling at me announcing its arrival. I’ll be honest, I was not best pleased to see it because … Keep Reading…

Vin Garbutt

I’ve just learned the English folk singer, Vin Garbutt, passed away this morning. I first saw Vin play at the Sidmouth folk festival in 1998, I was spellbound by his performance. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any performer quite … Keep Reading…

Who Knows Where The Time Goes

My take on this classic Sandy Denny song.  

E-commerce Book

I wrote a book about my experiences with setting up and running a small e-commerce business. Keep Reading…

Galway to Graceland

Since my version of Richard Thompson’s Beeswing back 2011 I have been interested in his other song Galway to Graceland. I tried it a few years ago but couldn’t make it work but something kept niggling at me to crack this … Keep Reading…

Not Today

Wrote this in April this year. It deals with depression and separation, not the most jolly of subjects eh! Not Today by Paul Burgess

Education

I didn’t like school. Obviously I liked my friends and the many brilliant times we had messing around but the education part of it was shit. They basically told me I was thick. Being told as a teenager that you … Keep Reading…

My Battle with Eczema

Since my birth I have been in a long battle with Eczema. My mum once told me that she didn’t get a full night sleep until I was 4 years old because of my constant crying in despair. When I think … Keep Reading…

Swimming Upstream

Last month I wrote about depression so I thought I would elaborate on an idea I mentioned about swimming upstream…. You’re in a fast flowing river. You can see where you want to get to so you try to swim … Keep Reading…

Honky Music

Next in the series of archival releases of Jimmy Dunning’s music is the new album titled ‘Honky Music’. Following on from the 2013 release of Nothing Ever Changes, this collection of material continues to draw from Jimmy’s home demos. This … Keep Reading…