Category Archives: Diary Entry

Retrospective posts, usually aimed at generating enormous surges of cloying nostalgia.

So Very Long 2015

Glancing back at the blog, I notice that I really haven’t been updating it this year. Too bad, because a lot has happened! I’ve played a show in an indoor forest and eaten two separate gluten-free pizzas; been behind the … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room

This is a song I finished lately. It’s about living with an elephant. Don’t think this is an elaborate metaphor for anything! It’s about actually living with an actual elephant. I’m in Robert Frost country here; metaphors are banned. Before … Continue reading

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Self-Assembly

The Hatstand night is developing apace. I just put up this short film, in which I test metaphor to its limits by building an actual hatstand as a promotional exercise. If you’re in or near Birmingham I’d love to see … Continue reading

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Recent Events

Dear all, I have for too long neglected this here account of my travels through adventureland. You needn’t think that this is because I’ve been idling, though – I’ve had some mad fun lately and I’m here with you for … Continue reading

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Incoming Shows

Dearest friends, I have three wild gigs coming up which I’d like you to take note of..! Oxford – The Cellar – May 2nd This is a show supporting Thomas Truax, and it looks like it’s going to be a … Continue reading

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The Newcastle Statement

Those who think that writing music is pretentious are right, of course: at least at the level of the indie singer-songwriter, we show off in front of crowds because it suits us. The crowds are often small, and the applause … Continue reading

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So Very Long 2014

We’re down to the wire here. 11:10 on the last night of 2014 as I sit down to type my customary end-of-year blog thing. I’m on a borrowed MacBook and I’m late because I found a DVD of the¬†Voyage of … Continue reading

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Original Art

Today was another small but important milestone in delivering the album into your loving hands – the arrival of a sofafull of Freya Hartas artwork! Brilliant as it looks on screen, this stuff is even more awesome in real life. … Continue reading

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Mastering Albums

“Can I just say something else?”, asked Sam. A pall of indissoluble murkiness settled over me; through the train window I could discern the shapes of several hundred ravens flying in an uncanny human skull formation. “Sure”, I said, without … Continue reading

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Duck II: The Return of the Duck

I don’t actually know if it’s the same duck. Presumably, there are more than one. In 2007 I had a restless night in Oxford which ended up becoming ‘A Strange Visitor‘, the song which audiences ever since have been calling … Continue reading

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