Festival of Small Halls

It’s the end of November, the nights are fair drawing in and what better way to spend these long nights than playing music on Skye for ten days! I was thrilled to bits to be asked to perform at the first ever Festival of Small Halls on Skye. Also on the bill was, Duncan Chisolm, Jarlath

My Art Story

It is such an incredible opportunity for me to be doing an art exhibition at The Ceilidh Place this year alongside one of my favourite artists, Jan Kilpatrick.  I am hugely grateful to The Ceilidh Place and to Jan Kilpatrick for making this happen. For those who know me as a musician, one of the

A Day A Month

Myself and Mike Vass have been playing music together in various projects over the years and we started a few years ago trying to meet up one day a month to write music together. This worked well some months but unfortunately we both have pretty busy schedules. Often with the best of intentions we didn’t

The Making of my Summer Isles Album #11

I have to say that getting to the performance stage of such a personal project has been one of the most rewarding aspects of doing this album. As my previous blogs have already said, I have been so invested in the Summer Isles since December 2014.  Sharing the music via the CD is one thing


Artwork So, all the music is recorded, mixed and mastered! Throughout the whole process I have been taking many photographs and sketching as a visual record of the journey. I also spent a day at Eleanor White’s Bridgehouse art studio in Ullapool developing some of these ideas. As this has been such a personal project


25-28 MAY – Recording clarinet and Mixing I was delighted that clarinetist, Jo Nicolson who I’ve played with a lot in Matilda Brown’s ensemble, was able to come and record clarinet on Red Throated Diver and also on Stone and Struggle. I absolutely love the sound of the clarinet with the accordion and I hope


Myself and Anna started recording ‘Best Day’ (Can’t quite believe it but our third album!) in January 2015 and we are delighted to have it for sale on our UK tour this November. We recorded it at Gran’s House Studio in Lamington in the peaceful and picturesque Scottish Borders with fellow accordionist and amazing engineer,