From Across the Pond

It's mid October and I just got the loveliest surprise in the post: a cd by the fantastic quartet Nowell Sing We Clear from New England. They've recorded a new CD with four of my songs included. I'm so chuffed!! They have a lovely authentic … Read more »


August us drawing to a close as I write this - it's been a summer of amazing highs and lows. The highs from some lovely work things: a wonderful trip to the USA where I met some fantastic people (see photo); running the first Scotland … Read more »

Carol’s Song

Carol, I hope we did you proud! I've just got back from the wonderful Moniave Folk Fesival where Cairn Chorus, one of the choirs I work with, were opening the Friday night concert.  Cairn Chorus has been going for about 5 years now but is a … Read more »

Band of Song

I'm pleased to report that Wendy Stewart and I finally got it together to build a new Band of Song website. Well, commission actually, as it was built by Susan Harrison who lives locally to both of us. If you're looking for a great designer … Read more »

Oh my Goodness!

Well - Christmas has come and gone and so have another round of Forgotten Carols Concerts. Here in Galloway with the Feral Choir we had the fantastic blue haired Caroline Pugh from Belfast as a soloist and Laura Hughes - also from Belfast - as … Read more »

Scotland Sings!

1st and 2nd of December see the first big event of Hands Up for Trad's Scotland Sings! project. Everyone will be out and about and singing this weekend in Scotland: on the street, in concert, at  formal and informal gatherings. I'm hugely pleased to be … Read more »

East Anglia

October - 3 workshops in 3 days – Suffolk, Norfolk then back to Suffolk again. The autumn weather is misty and damp with rain every day. But inside the village halls – Hoxne, Castle Acre then Darsham – it’s rocking! In as much as you … Read more »

Harmony Week

It's been almost two weeks since Harmony Week ended and still I'm at a loss to know what to write. It really was the most extraordinary and nourishing week of singing I've  had in a long time. There were about 70 of us squashed into … Read more »

Home again, home again

Just back from teaching and learning on Unicorn Voice camp in Dorset – an extraordinary happening of rough camping and magnificent singing – on fields in Child Oakford near Poole. The site is organized into self-selecting circles of tents each with it’s own fire for … Read more »

July’s Olympic Finish

In Olympic style July is storming to the finishing line here at Academy street. For months I've been overseeing the build of the new website for the Natural Voice Practitioners' Network and it was finally launched this week. I feel like I've taken off a … Read more »