Sir Kenny Dalglish

Earlier today it was announced that former Liverpool FC player and manager Kenny Dalglish is to receive a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours list. For many, this will come as no surprise. He is, after all, a ‘legend’, both at the club and in the world of football. But when other club legends ….

CRISPR/Cas9

Jennifer Doudna

In this world of rapidly accelerating scientific and technological progress, it has been easy to become blasé about constant media reports of the latest advancements and what they might potentially offer. In this case and unless you read the scientific journals and columns or watch the BBC ‘Hardtalk’ series you may have missed the fact that the most significant advance in decades has just occurred.

The Kiev 2018 UCL final

Real-Madrid-vs-Liverpool

I cannot recall a previous occasion when the UK media conducted such a post-mortem following a Champions League final and much has been made of goalkeeper Karius’ failings when any mistake will be very costly against a team of Real Madrid’s quality. But as a Liverpool supporter …..

Faeland

Faeland live

Faeland are a contemporary folk band from Bristol UK. At the core of the band are songwriting duo Rebecca Nelson (lead vocals, guitar) and Jacob Morrison (guitar, backing vocals, ukulele, banjo). They are currently touring their debut album, “All My Swim” (released January 2018). This post now includes video from Faeland’s BBC ‘Introducing’ session –

“She Moved Through the Fair”

Moved Through the Fair

A few years ago, a friend declared a new interest in folk music and asked for some recommendations to serve as an introduction to the genre. As an example of an Irish song that has permeated the folk music of the British Isles (and beyond) with many recordings by various artistes spanning at least 6 decades, “She Moved Through the Fair” would be a necessary inclusion in my list.

On the Grenfell Tower Fire

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It is now generally accepted that cladding was responsible for the rapid spread of the Grenfell Tower fire. But the background to the tragedy lies rooted in classist attitudes and assumptions made about the poor, attitudes that have contributed to other tragedies ….

Light of Other Days

Light of Other Days

This improvised guitar duet marks the very first time that I played with my good friend Dave Spector. It was recorded in 1999 soon after we graduated from LGU where I had built my MIDI enabled guitar. To celebrate graduation, we decided get together and make some guitar music. This is the first piece that we played on that occasion and was intended as a ….

Mystical Mountain – Magic Bus

Magic Bus

When I saw that the reincarnation of one of my favourite bands, Gong, were playing in nearby Totnes on my birthday, I went with a friend. However, the highlight of my evening was the performance of the main support act, ‘Magic Bus’, a local (Totnes) band described by Shindig as ‘West Country heads’. They are evidently accomplished musicians and their use of flute, keyboards and vocals are ….

Waterlight – A Study in Open D Tuning

Waterlight

I recently began the task of transferring some of my old guitar recordings to my PC and came across this solo, acoustic piece from about 2005. Like many guitarists, I periodically indulge in alternate tunings and on this occasion I had undertaken a study of three tunings ….

Darcus Howe (1943 – 2017)

Darcus Howe

On hearing the sad news that civil liberties campaigner Darcus Howe died today (aged 74),   there are personal reasons why I will be remembering Darcus.  At the same time,   l will especially be thinking of my former student Yvonne Ruddock, her brother Paul and her young friends ….

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