After releasing my first Christmas song “Staff Christmas Party” back in 2013, I’ve been wanting to write another Christmas song. The problem is, by the time I’d thought about it, it was already Christmas! Luckily, this year I am on the ball!
I am proud to release my new song “When Snow Falls“. I came up with the idea when thinking about what Christmas was like when I was a wee boy…
…I can still feel the excitement of walking down the stairs on Christmas morning. I would be so excited that I would literally be shaking. My dad was just as bad as me, and I can remember a couple of years where he had to wake myself and my sister up at stupid o’clock because he was too excited! I started thinking of how those days are in the past and how it’s not the same when you are an adult and started to feel a bit sad. However, I started to think about my two year old nephew and how he still has all this excitement to come and it made me feel really happy and excited for his future. I’ve tried to capture all of this in “When Snow Falls”.
“When Snow Falls” is available to buy via my store on Bandcamp. You can visit by clicking here. It’s also included together with “Staff Christmas Party” in “Christmas Double Bill“. I must make you aware that VAT will be added at checkout, making it 79p for “When Snow Falls” or £1.50 for the “Christmas Double Bill”.
All songs are now also available in iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, Apple music and many more online stores for those who don’t have access to a PC/Mac or can’t download songs from Bandcamp.
Back in August, I attend Glasgow Songwriting Festival – a weekend of songwriting workshops with Findlay Napier, Karine Polwart, Emma Pollock and Jim Hunter. I had been struggling with “writer’s block” and basically didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do next with my music. My grand ideas for “Project Blue” remained just that…ideas. I had been to a concert with Findlay Napier & Boo Hewerdine at the Tolbooth in Stirling and heard about the festival then and signed myself up for it…I am so glad I did!
At Glasgow Songwriting Festival, I learned some skills to help come up with new ideas and I found them to be very useful…I have so many ideas and have written 3 new songs since then! One of these songs I have now recorded and present to you for your listening pleasure. This song is called “Down The Railway Line” and was actually written during the festival in Jim Hunter’s workshop.
There is a path that stretches from Alloa in Clackmannanshire to Dunfermline in Fife. This path used to be a railway line used to transport coal and other freight from the coal mines in Clackmannanshire and Stirling to Fife. Growing up in Fishcross, I used to play down the Old Railway Line and I still often go walking along this path to this day. Every time I walk there, I think back to when I was a child and also imagine the trains storming down the track, shaking the miners working in the tunnels below. “Down The Railway Line” is all about thinking back to my childhood and imagining all the industrial goings on that used to fill the area.
This version of “Down The Railway Line” will feature in an app being developed at Stirling University for a project called “Landscape Legacies Of Coal Mining“. The aim of the project is to raise awareness of Clackmannanshire and Stirling’s rich industrial history and will eventually include guided tours and information about the area. You can find more information here and I will share more details when the app becomes available.
Until then, enjoy listening to “Down The Railway Line”. If you like the song and want download your own copy you can do so here.
Well, it’s here! My first ever Christmas song “Staff Christmas Party” is now available. Having been to many a Christmas party, I felt it was time that I captured my observations and experiences in a song. I’m sure if you’ve been to one, you’ll be able to associate with the events in the song.
So have a wee listen and enjoy! If you want to buy it, you can download it for only 50p in my shop.
Hello! Here is yet another video from my set at the recent open mic night at the Kilted Kangaroo in Stirling. This time, it’s Stan Rogers’ brilliant song “Mary Ellen Carter”, one of my favourite songs to sing!
Hello, hope you are well. I took some video footage while I was at the open mic night at the Kilted Kangaroo in Stirling and thought I would share this one with you. This is Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”, a wonderful song about love and motorbikes.
It’s been a wee while since I posted some sort of video, so I have put together a wee simple video for my song “In The Glen”. It’s something I had planned to do when I was working on my album but never got round to it! Thankfully I came across the footage I took with my phone during a walk up Alva Glen and put it together with some photos and the track from my album “Travels”.
So here it is, I hope you enjoy it and if you, do please share it with your friends!
After a brilliant day at Celtic Music Radio yesterday, and the very first performance of my new song, I have made a demo of “In the Glen” which is now available to listen to on the player below. The song tells the story of how Kirsten and I got engaged. Not usually one to write love songs, but I’m pretty chuffed with it! Hope you enjoy it.
For those of you that missed it, my appearance on Sandy’s Sunday Roast is available to listen again, the 1st hour of the show here and the 2nd hour here.
My website is still available in it’s old format, however the new site should be up and running this weekend. It’s looking a lot tidier and user friendly, so I’m eager for it to all be done, but out of my control now.
Even though the Roxy gig has been cancelled, it’s not all doom and gloom. I will still be appearing live on Celtic Music Radio this Easter Sunday from 3-5pm GMT and will be performing my brand spanking new song “In the Glen” for the very first time!
Make sure you listen in to www.celticmusicradio.net for my first live radio appearance this year 🙂