THE GUY IN ROOM 5

I was lolling around in my flat in Headingley, Leeds. We were playing the old game of ‘Shut Your Door and Turn Your Music Up’. Rock in one. Jazz in another. Pop in a third. Sometimes five going at once.…

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WHY A LONG PLAYER LISTENING PROJECT?

How long is a song? In the US Top 100 between 2013 and 2018 the average song length fell from 3 minutes 50 seconds to 3 minutes 30 seconds. Between 2010 and 2018 the number of these songs that reached…

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THE DAPPLED PATH

The sleek converted barns had polished concrete floors, the bedrooms were purple and plush, from the window early lambs were finding their feet. The food was luscious, the ceiling was vaulted, candlelight flickered, and the wine was… interesting. 

We were…

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LET THE WIND CARRY ME

My new single, Let The Wind Carry Me, has been on my set list for a few years. Teo Galesi has been working with me on this recorded version, and thanks too to Alastair Gavin, Joao Silva and PJ Ciarla…

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TALES FROM OKARITO

When I am exploring the world (remember all that?), I write a travel blog, to help me make sense of where I am, and understand how I feel about it. To illustrate a little of the background to my song,

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NEVER TOO LATE

Yesterday a newly packaged 3 hour version of CSNY’s wonderful, classic album from 1970 - Déjà Vu - was released. Complete with new mixes, outtakes, new masters, demos. But to be honest – somehow - I feel like I’ve heard…

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A BRUSH WITH FAME - Pt 2

50 years ago. (Gulp). I’m at the Royal Festival Hall seeing David Crosby and Graham Nash. Acoustic heroes – especially Cros. Beautiful guitar lines, fabulous harmonies. And they are such good mates, you can tell, the way they laugh and…

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BOB GELDOF AND ME

It’s a warm autumn evening, the sun quickly falling into the Thames at Hammersmith. We sink into my battered yellow Triumph Spitfire, the roof bravely down and the cassette player churning away. BB King is bending notes and telling us…

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