Me on Bishop FM

On Monday night of this week I was a guest on the Terry Ferdinand show on Bishop FM. They’ve just finished a successful live broadcast trial and are now internet-based until next year when they hope to have new studios and new programmes. Terry plays folk music and for a few weeks my friend and Durham County Councillor Phil Graham has been a guest, playing live in the studio. I played 3 tunes – “Know You Rider” a traditional blues via Hot Tuna, “Willin'” by Little Feat and “Me & Bobby McGee” by Kris Kristoffersen via The Grateful Dead. Phil played a tune and then we played a couple together too. Hopefully there’ll be some photos and a recording available of the show real soon.

Update! photo added.

Light Body Guitars

These look pretty cool – I’d like to hear what they sound like when you’re playing them.


“These unique guitars weigh about the same or less
than typical acoustic guitars, and feature 12 sympathetic strings running
through the inside of the neck. Produced in limited numbers, these guitars
represent a significant leap forward for players desiring expanded tonal
and dynamic expression from their guitars. The goal behind the design
is to produce a very durable, light and roadworthy guitar that covers
every range of sounds from pure acoustic to overdriven electric, with
the addition of extended overtones and harmonic complexity due to the
sympathetic strings and hollow neck.”

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My brother’s lyrics blog


My brother Paul and I (that’s us in the picture) have written songs for a long time, though we haven’t written any together yet. We have even recorded some of them a few years ago, (you can hear some on Paul’s myspace page) and when I played in The Bob Allison Country Band we recorded two of Paul’s songs too. (I’ll get them online eventually!) Here’s a blog that Paul’s just started where he is posting lyrics that he’s written. I might have a go at writing some music to them. You could try, too!