THE MAKING OF MY SUMMER ISLES ALBUM #4

Week 3, 15th-19th December I listened to a beautiful Maria Kaleniemi (Finnish Accordionist) track on Monday morning. It was so inspiring that I went straight up to Grandpa’s house(my studio!)and wrote an Eb reel called The Smugglers. The anchorage at Tanera and Priest Island is so good that it was often used to smuggle whiskey

THE MAKING OF MY SUMMER ISLES ALBUM #2

Week 1 1st-7th December Having been on tour for most of October and all of November I was in need of some rest before getting right down to writing. Thursday the 4th of December was my official album start date.  The first few days were spent setting up all my gear and establishing my work

TUNEBOOK – RECORDING MELODY LAB

It was an absolute luxury to be able to record the Tunebook debut  album at Gorbals Sound Studio in Glasgow. This is a really high spec studio, a central location and the staff are brilliant, making for a very relaxed and comfortable recording experience. Juggling diaries from the five very busy musicians in TuneBook meant

Summer Isles Festival

I am thrilled to bits that the Summer Isles Festival has been nominated for Community Project of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards! I started the festival three years ago, it is a registered charity, run entirely by volunteers and it is held in the Coigach Community Hall overlooking the Summer

Granny Green’s Empire Bronze

The Commonwealth Games are fast approaching which made me think of my hardy Granny, Sheena Dobbie who won bronze at the Empire Games in 1934. Below is a photo of Granny running for Glasgow University Athletics Team, her medal from the Empire Games and the tune I wrote celebrating her fantastic achievement. Good luck to

Free “Maggie West’s” download!

Please tell anyone who may be interested that I now have a free download of “Maggie West’s Waltz” for subscribing to my mailing list. This is nice and simple. All you need to do is enter your name and email address on the mailing list next to this post. You can also follow me on

Maggie West’s EP

Maggie West’s EP I am very proud to present to you my handmade Maggie West’s EP! Recording A lot of folk ask about the tune I wrote for my Grandmother, ‘Maggie West’s Waltz’, so I have been meaning to record it as a single for a long time.  It was a real pleasure to get