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Hi. I used to post here some years ago when my friend Alistair McIntosh was fairly active here and I used to play in a band with him and help out a bit on some of the backing for the songs he wrote.


With the exception of one song I was never a song writer but I have recently started a collaboration with a local guy called Edgar who writes poetry and lyrics and I have started going through some of his lyrics and am trying to come up with some tunes. So it seemed a good time to come back and offer some comments on other people's efforts and hopefully get some feedback in return.


Musically I like a fairly broad range of music types and play or have played in various things. Currently I sing and play guitar locally either by myself, with my wife who sings, or in an acoustic band who plays odd gigs but also enjoy just sitting round trading songs at home. Mostly it's a range of folk, countryish, singer songwriter stuff, blues, jazzyish things but I have been in rock, irish and blues bands in the past.


Guitar or bass is main instrument though I can add in some keyboard stuff or mandolin and experiment a little bit more with midi these days having bought a bigger midi keyboard. Mostly it is for creating examples of arrangements of the songs. My playing and singing limitations invariably frustrate me but that's one of those things and increasing arthritis in my left hand is a real p*** off.


So far I have four songs in some state of finish from my collaboration with Ed and will put them up for comment in due course. They are reasonably diverse - one is quite folky, another quite upbeat, one an upbeat blues and one a slower one. I have a great pile of songs to work through though so there will be various sorts.


Nice to be back and regards to John :)





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