Lindisfarne: remnants, rags and reminders

I've been meaning to post something about Lindisfarne for some time. They've had mentions, for sure, but their achievements deserve more. My first encounter with this brilliant Newcastle band was, appropriately since my childhood beat was County Durham and my... Read more →


Rab Noakes RIP: news of his death 'hit me like a heavy ton of bricks'

As years go by, acquaintance with death is unavoidable. Friends, relatives, former colleagues and people you know a little or a lot succumb to nature's way of doing things. The certainty of mortality hardly makes it easier when loved or... Read more →


The Unthanks: cast sorrows away and relish an outstanding musical triumph

It is hard to think that it was as long ago as 2009 that I sat in front of my laptop in Abu Dhabi - where I was then working - and sent Rachel Unthank a stream of questions which... Read more →


From wax cylinders to folk rock: Vaughan Williams, 150 years on

This is a hugely welcome piece, published in some haste as I am preparing for my annual return from France to the UK, a 1,400km slog that may be tricky given some tiresome problems at petrol pumps (I reckon I've... Read more →