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Happy New Year! I made this for you (yes you).
There will come a time, and it will be soon, when I shall bring forth an almighty brain-dump about the amazing month of travelling and performing I’ve had. Swingles spent three weeks in the US and Canada and, if I’m … Continue reading
I reflected then that I might, had I been given omnipotence and a free hand, have made a fine world. I might have bethought me of the trees and rivers, of the different keys in music, of friendship, and innocence; … Continue reading
I yelled it from every rooftop and social network but somehow, almost two months after the fact, I haven’t got around to posting about the fact that big things are a-poppin’ in my life, to the tune of a new … Continue reading
Nothing worse than people humblebragging about busy they are. But. Not sure I can remember a week as crammed as this one… Tomorrow (Tuesday), Zig Zag Birds are playing our first ever gig, at the Dublin Castle in Camden: Wednesday … Continue reading
It’s a week since I finished the first term of my journalism MA, and I’m still recovering. I’ve made more phone calls, trawled more websites and churned out more words than ever before. In many ways I’ve been following a … Continue reading
I got hooked on notebooks surprisingly late. As a sonnet-writing, black-coffee-drinking, trilby-wearing teenager I should have been burning my way though a Moleskine a day, and I was certainly buying the things, but I was chary of the actual writing … Continue reading
I’ve just hared through Stewart Lee’s stand-up-comedy-memoir-cum-manifesto How I Escaped My Certain Fate. Throughout the book Lee wrestles with the distinctions between high art and showbiz, the mainstream and the alternative. He is constantly catching himself in the act of … Continue reading
Time for the second offering from Zig Zag Birds, my sunshine-pop project with David Rael: this is When She Held My Hand. Written, recorded and edited by David and myself; featuring brass, strings, cowbell, and massed drunk backing singers. Take … Continue reading
I worked how to embed a rather snazzy Soundcloud player into the ‘listen’ section. It includes a freshly minted track called ‘…for the birds’. So do the honourable thing and go listen.