2017


#3 How Music Saved Me

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I finished school at the age of 15, I talked to my Dad about being a musician, but it wasn’t taken seriously and took an engineering job as an apprentice in the Glenfield and Kennedy in Kilmarnock in August 1966. Once again I was somewhere I didn’t want to be, one thing I did learn […]

#2 How Music Saved Me

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Everything changed for me, when my father booked music lessons for me on the piano accordion. He bought a small  accordion and I started my lessons when I was 13 years old. The lesson lasted 30 minutes and my regular appointment was on a Thursday morning at 8 am. I couldn’t wait until I got […]

#1 How Music Saved Me

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If life is a journey, turning point’s  become very important, and they probably start in our teenage years, with questions such as; What do you want to do when you leave school? And the answer is something like; How should I know! Or I don’t know what I’m going to do! I was no different […]

#5 All You Need Is Love

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Love at first sight always seemed like a cliché to me, and it took me very much by surprise. I met Karen for the first time when I was with a large group of friends, and I was asked if I had met the new girl yet, so  asked where she was. I walked through […]

#4 All You Need Is Love

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When I was twenty one I married Mary, she had a huge influence on me, and like a skilled sculpture she gradually chipped away all my ragged edges. I think it would be fair to say that we were opposites in personality, she was quiet and shy, and I’m outgoing and gregarious. I could tell […]

#3 All You Need Is Love

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I think it’s true to say that our teenage years can be difficult, awkward, and very exciting, as we grow into maturity, but our opinions and point of view can change a lot in just a few short years, and I reckon it’s probably a very good idea to listen to those who have more […]

#2 All You Need Is Love

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I’m going to begin with the first influence in my life  and that is my parents, who do the same as most parents around the world, provide for, and love their children. I loved them both but in different way’s. Dad was the head of the house and he was not the kind person to […]

#1 All You Need Is Love

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When I’m being interviewed as a a songwriter, this question will always come in sooner or later, in the discussion; Where do you get the inspiration/ idea’s from to write a song? In this series of blogs, I’m going to give you the long answer to this question, and not the short answer that is […]

#13 Choosing Your Instrument: Ukulele

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The ukulele is a superb little instrument a bit like a mini version of the guitar, when you play some chords it feels a bit like driving the great British mini, super cool and economical, but don’t be fooled it is a different instrument from the guitar. The ukulele is unusual among string instruments in […]

#12 Choosing Your Instrument: Mandolin

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I found the mandolin very tricky to tune, when I started to learn the instrument, so I’m going to give you a couple of tips on how to get around this. The mandolin is tuned the same as a violin, except instead of 4 strings it has 4 pairs of strings (two E Strings, 2 […]

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