song writing

Just go for a walk

There is something about walking in a secluded place that gets my creative juices moving. Tunes come fairly easily for me. I tend to just have to sit with a guitar or mandolin and 'noodle' for about 20 minutes and a tune (usually the hook of the

By | 2016-10-14T11:00:23+00:00 February 17th, 2016|Categories: Nature, song writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |7 Comments

The Four Cornered Castle – Songbook Volume 2 – Pre-ordering now

I set myself two goals for 2014. To create and release my second songbook, and to write, record and release a new studio album by November. Well, I delighted to say that I am delivering on goal number one. The Four Cornered Castle - Damh the Bard

Following the Awen’s Flow

My problem is that I want to do everything. I want to write new songs, record new albums, tour in the UK and overseas, write Songbook 2, and also do all of the other Druidic activities we organise through the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, and

The Blessings of the Wheel

I love the way our Pagan Wheel of the Year works its magic. It lies at the very heart of my spiritual life and I'm sure, like many other Pagans, the more I have worked with it, the more my own life has changed to reflect the

New Lyric – Brighid

A couple of years ago, during an Imbolc ritual, I made a promise to Brighid that I would write a song for her. Last week I made good on that promise and I hope that She is pleased with her song. I'll be playing it at my

The Winter King – Where it was written

A couple of weeks ago I played at the PF Devon and Cornwall conference, a gig I love to play each year, and a great reason to step foot upon my home county of Cornwall. On the Sunday after the conference the Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft opens

Story of the Song – The Greenwood Grove

From the album The Hills they are Hollow. As with many of my songs I had the tune for this song for a number of weeks before the lyrics finally arrived. Looking back I think I wrote two sets of lyrics for this and both ended up

Art is Magic – Alan Moore

Cerri showed me this piece and I posted a link to it on my Facebook page but I think it's so good that I'm going to blog it too. This piece is dark, and honest, as Alan Moore speaks his truth directly with no frills or fluffy

Major Influences Part 2 – John Denver

My Dad was, and still is, a big country music fan. My very early introduction to music consisted of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Don Williams, Emilou Harris, Dolly Parton but above all of these was John Denver. His songs were the soundtrack of my childhood, and of

By | 2016-10-14T11:01:53+00:00 February 25th, 2011|Categories: music, song writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |12 Comments

Major Influences Part 1 – Phil Lynott

One of the things I am asked more than any other is who have been my major influences when it comes to songwriting, so I thought it would be nice to write a series of blog posts addressing this subject. The question is where to start? So

By | 2016-10-14T11:01:54+00:00 February 20th, 2011|Categories: music, song writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |7 Comments
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