Mcnaught guitars


A friend of a friend (both of whom play in the same band) used to have 2 Tom Anderson guitars and a very very nice Taylor acoustic. He sold one of the Tom Anderson guitars and the Taylor and bought a James Tyler guitar. I hear now that he has just ordered a
Mcnaught guitar. I don’t know which model, but I hope I might get the chance to at least see it!

Tick Tock Tea


We’ve been drinking Rooibos tea for a few weeks in an attempt to bring some health into our lives. It is a very nice drink. I drink it without milk. (Don’t worry, I’m still a committed coffee drinker!) When we went to replenish our supply this morning, I was struck by the design of this packaging, so it went into the trolley. I’m currently drinking the third coffee of the day, but when I get back from my gig tonight, I’ll be having some Tick Tock to help me unwind.

Joe Cornish photography


Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland.
I used to play guitar in a band called Dead Messengers and Richard, the songwriter, wrote a very atmospheric piece about the place. I have a live recording close to hand – I’ll upload it Real Soon Now. This picture by Joe Cornish is stunning – as are all of the others on his site.

Jew’s harp


I am, today, The President of the International Society of Trump Virtuosos. A trump, of course, as if you didn’t know, is another name for a Jew’s or Jaw harp. I’ve been playing one of these for a long long time – my Dad used to always carry one in his jacket breast pocket. I have actually been featured on several recordings (OK, 2) of high class music (OK, my own stuff). But when I did an engineering course at The Studio in Hartlepool – the old one, before they moved – I was sampled and saved for posterity in an Akai sampler. (Which crashed when they moved).
I didn’t realise there was so much stuff out there about these great things, of course – there’s even a cool ebay shop with fantastic stuff.
And then there’s this.