Monday, June 19, 2023

If you landed move right along...

 This blog has become rather clumsy, tottering under the weight of its top-heavy content, and I know it's inaccessible on some browsers. So for the moment my online activities will be focused on Substack, Instagram, Facebook, Linked In and Twitter. As if that weren't enough...

I'll keep this online (after all, it goes back almost to the beginning of blogtime) until I can work out a way of making it accessible as an archive.

Meanwhile, you can find links to all my activities at

Saturday, November 12, 2022

At the Council of Darkness

 New (free) Substack newsletter, first of my weekly diaries with pix and pontification. This time: on being a nuclear target, flirting with arms dealers, pedestrians at risk, why councillors don't really matter much (but officials do), keeping vulnerable families warm and fed and the shame of burning coal. Also, it's very dark and...did I mention my new book?

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Bought, Begged and Stolen - as heard on 60 North Radio, 28 October

Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler — The Eagle and the Dove

Simple Minds — The American (acoustic)

The Magpie Arc — Love Never Dies

Mary Chapin Carpenter — Between the Earth and the Stars

Steve Earle — Guitar Town

Unthanks — The Old News

John Smith — To the Shore

Karine Polwart, Spell Songs — Bramble

Benjamin Francis Leftwich — Oh My God Please

The Staves — Nazareth

Glen Hansard — Cold Comfort

Dry Cleaning — No Decent Shoes

Stevie Nicks — For What It’s Worth

The Waterboys — Glastonbury Fayre

Elvis Costello, Rusty — Don’t Lose Your Grip on Love

Drive By Truckers — The Driver

Dream Syndicate — Every Time You Come Around

Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder — My Baby Done Change the Lock on the Door

Gerry Rafferty — Wild Mountain Thyme

Nihilists — White Stripes

Finaly Morton — Harvest the Wind

Robert Gordon — Rock Billy Boogie

David Lindley — Mercury Blues

James and Bobby Purify — I’m Your Puppet

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham — I’m Your Puppet

Lindsey Black — Undone

Taylor Swift — Bejewelled

Friday, September 30, 2022

Bought, Begged and Stolen - Friday, 30 September

Jon Strider — Point of No Return

James Yorkston — Sometimes the Act of Giving Love

Nick Lowe — A Better Man

Suzy y Los Quattros — Radio! Stereo!

Dada — The Last Time

Led Zeppelin — Communication Breakdown

Dropkick — Until I Fall Away

Pugwash — The Perfect Summer

Wynntown Marshalls — Low Country Comedown

Boz Scaggs — Cadillac Walk

John Mellencamp — Small Town

Patty Griffin — Angels are Falling

Jon Allen — Heat of the Moment

Mark Knopfler — Occupation Blues

Smithereens — Dear Abby

First Aid Kit — Out of my Head

Teenage Fanclub — The Concept

Jesus and Mary chain — Sometimes Always

Echo and the Bunnymen — Lips Like Sugar

Sugar — If I Can’t Change Your Mind

REM — Fall on Me

The Beths — Knees Deep

Superchunk — On the Floor

Kurt Vile — Like Exploding Stones

Lemonheads — It’s a shame About Ray

Go-Betweens — Streets of Your Town

The Las — There She Goes

Paramore — This is Why

Dillard and Clark — Train Leaves Here this Morning

Johnny Cash — God’s Gonna Cut you Down

Christine and the Queens/Redcar — Rien Dire

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Tom Morton's Holy Waters: Do Abbots Dream of Electric Soup? Buckfast for beginners

 Reading some of the tasting notes for Buckfast Tonic Wine from my new book Holy Waters: Searching for the Sacred in a Glass. Beware the Buckie Baws!