my songs being used to help deaf people enjoy music

My songs are being used to help deaf people with cochlear implants get enjoyment from music again.

I am not sure how long this BBC video piece will be live but it is quite a fun 60 seconds…

A computer-based music rehabilitation programme has been launched to help deaf people hear music more clearly.

Developed at the University of Southampton it allows deaf people to pick out the individual sounds of musical instruments which they often find difficult.

The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research has spent two years working with patients from the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre to create the programme.

folk rising at cecil sharpe house

I have just confirmed my first gig of the year for Thursday 3rd February, playing at Cecil Sharp House, home of the English Folk Dance And Song Society.

The evening is part of the Folk Rising series of shows put together by the fine people from The Magpies Nest.

I will be on around 8pm and joined by Ben Oliver on piano and Basia Bartz on violin. Do come!

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY – nearest tube is Camden Town or Regents Park

Tickets here (£5) –

New album launched


Well perhaps more ‘uploaded’ than ‘launched’ but what the hey… you can now hear and download it. I have just had an almond slice to celebrate.

The cd will be available in the new year, in the meantime you can order it from bandcamp and get an immediate download of the album included in the price.

It features the talents of Barbara Bartz, Iain Macleod, Joe Allen, Lawrence Williams, Ben Oliver, Beth Dariti, Madelaine Hart, Victoria Couper, Tom Pie and me. Full credits on bandcamp.

1. Younger Looking Skin 05:31
2. Till Dawn 04:21
3. I Love Leonard Cohen 04:00
4. The Suitors Ballyhoo 04:56
5. Montreal 04:38
6. Shakes & Shudders 04:59
7. Ninety Days 03:36
8. Roses From Africa 05:15