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Working with Mike d’Abo

So a little acorn was sown on Thursday. I had the rare privilege of singing and playing and reworking Dylan’s song ‘The Mighty Quinn’ with the legend Mike D’Abo. Mike was the original singer on Manfred Mann’s hit and has also written a few greats (with a capital G) himself, ‘Handbags & Gladrags’ being one of them. It’s a charity… Read more →

Jamie Arlon

I received some very sad news today. Jamie Arlon, my first (and last) music publisher, passed away after a brief fight with cancer. He was younger than me. I’ll always be deeply grateful to Jamie for giving me my first big break – for signing me, believing in me, in my songs and for putting up with me generally when… Read more →

Portrait No.2 finished – Tom Hardy

Finished, portrait No. 2, Mr Tom Hardy.  It was taken from a black and white photo (if only he’d sit for me..) but I feel like I brought him to life a bit. Still loving this painting lark and thinking about who to paint next – music loves or screen loves. Or both? We’ll see. Oil on canvas, 35cm x… Read more →

Interview on KPSQ (Arkansas Community Radio)

Hey all – today/tonight I’ll be on an hour long radio show hosted by a talented, young musician friend of mine called Ted Hammig. Ted played various tracks from ‘Wooden House’ and we had an hour long natter about all things musical. He’s a great interviewer, so if you want to hear some unheard insights, tune in. Or if you… Read more →

Life in the studio

In case you’re wondering what’s been going on in the Wooden House lately, here’s the first result: old master version of Clint Eastwood. Last time I painted was in 1992, so I wasn’t even sure if I could do it anymore, but it turned out OK and I’m loving it. Feels like my head has been re-opened to colour. More paintings coming… Read more →

Make my day punk

So I haven’t painted in oils since art school (a long, long time ago) but thought I’d begin with something fun. Here’s an almost finished Clint Eastwood, one of my all time idols. He’s the man. Promise to record and sing something soon….once I’ve got painting out of my system.   Read more →