I wrote this in December 2017 after reading about the many Grenfell survivors stuck in temporary accommodation and hotel. Sadly another six months on, many of the victims remain without permanent housing.
Stunned and shattered
How do we move on?
And where will we end up
Now we have no home?
A promise broken
Six months come and gone
So where will we end up
Now we have
Thanks for all your support in 2017 for both myself as a solo artist and with my folk-rock outfit False Lights, who I'm very pleased to say will be kicking off the new year performing live on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe tonight. We'll be live on air from 7pm, and the programme will be available
I'm really excited to be playing my 'How The City Sings' album launch at Kings Place this Friday June 24th. The culmination of three years' work on the album, the show will feature special guests including 2015 BBC Folk Musician Of The Year Sam Sweeney. This really will be a one-off show and I hope you can make it!
I'm very pleased to have finally gotten hold of the footage of my Later... With Jools Holland performance from back in 2012. Hope you enjoy the videos!
As another year draws to a close I thought I'd chip in with something appropriate for the season, hope you enjoy this festive jingle I recorded for the Bright Young Folk December Sessions a while back. It's a version of an old folk carol Shepherds Arise.
What an exciting year it's been. Mine and Jim Moray's new folk-rock
Just home from an incredible weekend at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. I've played the festival several times as a solo artist but it was great to rock out with False Lights on the main stage this year.
We were then lucky enough to get to back Richard Thompson for the Folk Slam. Trading solos with Richard on the medley from the Beatles' Abbey
I'm really pleased to announce the really of False Lights' debut album Salvor, the culmination of a year or so's work from myself, Jim Moray and the band. Some of my favourite moments are 'The Wife Of Usher's Well', a track combining a tune from the American Sacred Harp hymnbook with a Scottish ballad, and 'The Indian's Petition',
I'm really excited to announce the launch of my new band False Lights. This is a loud folk project I've been working on with Jim Moray over the past few months as we work towards our headline show at Folk East Festival on Sunday 17th August. For more details check out the website, and keep up to
As Friday comes around it's finally time to start putting all this preparation into practice with our first concert. We're playing in the Crystal Ballroom in the Marriott Hotel, Karachi. As I arrive at the venue I'm confronted with the following scene:
A pretty impressive-looking venue, and I'm a little jealous of those in the front row getting to
Wednesday begins with another rehearsal with Sajid (sitar) and Haroon (tabla), we’re developing some more material for our concerts which take place on Friday and Saturday (click here for a live stream for the Saturday show). Inspired by the different raags (a raag is a little like a scale but not quite, see here) I’m hearing, I start