Entries by ming


Um, so…at the Live Acoustic Special in just over a week’s time, we’ll be joining: (Not too bad there with the monikers, Jon.) For the Priory, we’ll be going as a four-piece of Styx, Thure, Jon, and me.  We had a brief run-through last night, and the pastry brushes sounded rather brilliant – they don’t […]

Bluebell Parade

  This is a photo taken from the BBC website, ©Scott Hughes.  It could just as well be Jon looking through the wrong end of his new varifocals.  Spring is upon us, and change – not just of the eye-wear variety, not just of the aging variety – is in the air.  The blog has […]

September Song

A Sunday in September: time to crawl out from under the shadows of summer, rub the crust of nostalgia from our eyes, and face the internet again.  Firstly, in solidarity: Need I offer any more comment on the current craziness of the world?  As an antidote to misogyny, to chemical weapons and governmental hypocrisy, to […]

See you at GlastonBlaby…

Last weekend’s Glastonbury highlights of the Rolling Stones and the xx already passé? Come join us for two good causes and a great day of music on Saturday, July 6th. We’re on first at 12:00, fresh from a private party the night before at the Boat Club in Nottingham; dividing amoeba-like afterwards to disparate locations as […]

The Bluebird Migration Project, Year 1 1/2

Over a year since its inception, the Bluebird Migration Project is still going, er…strong.  That is to say, we still have faith in it, even though we have no clue whether the majority of our “dropped” CDs are being picked up, listened to, incinerated, or taken into the local police station under the Terrorism Act.  […]

(Typewriting) Machines of Loving Grace

We had a gig and EP pseudo-launch on Sunday, February 10th.  Thank you to those who attended and joined us in celebration of: 1. The Year of the Snake, my maternal grandmother’s birth year. 2. Cameron going against type with the Equal Marriage Bill. 3. Individually hand-made CD labels.  Will, 0ur bass player, was not […]

Why do today…

…what you can put off until tomorrow?  Procrastination runs in my genes, which may explain why it’s taken until February 2013 for me to acknowledge the New Year and proffer even the most cursory blog update.  We saw our 2012 gigging extravaganza out in style with a giddily grand time supporting The Men They Couldn’t […]

December Already!

As Sandy Denny mused nearly four decades ago, “Who knows where the time goes?”  I’m going to do some more lazy blogging, simply because I’m fast running out of that precious commodity before our next gig.  So – I’ll set the scene: Saturday December 8th, the Musician Pub, us supporting British folk-punk legends who still […]


Two days post-autumnal equinox: an old hurricane drifting in the Atlantic has bequeathed torrential rain and gale force winds upon the United Kingdom, Beth Orton whispers across the radio wires and Richard Hawley answers back, the stray cat pads a melancholy and discordant tune in the dust on the piano.  The house feels unsettled.  I’m […]