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Brandy Hole Copse in Chichester – Off The Old Broyle Road

Brandy Hole Copse in Chichester – Off The Old Broyle Road

Brandy Hole Copse is a local nature reserve that lies on Brandy Hole Lane just off the B2178, Old Broyle Road in the west of Chichester. It’s a beautiful coppiced area, full of shrubs, chestnut, sycamore and oak,  lined narrow paths, ideal for short walks on […]

Newborn – An Unexpected Journey

Newborn – An Unexpected Journey

I wrote Newborn about 15 years ago and recorded it with a few other tunes to be played when my wife was to give birth to our second child (my third). My son Zac was born in 2004 in May on a beautiful sunny day in […]

The March of the King of Laois – Uilleann Pipes on the EWI-USB

The March of the King of Laois – Uilleann Pipes on the EWI-USB

Impressive Uilleann Pipes Sample from Kontakt 5 March of the King of Laois, recorded using EWI-USB. The featured image above is of my Uilleann Pipes half-set, but they were faulty at the time of the recording.  So, I used my Akai EWI-USB and the Kontakt 5 sound […]

The Parting Glass – Instrumental Version

The Parting Glass – Instrumental Version

The Parting Glass  a traditional folk tune made popular by Ed Sheehan, though I much prefer Cara Dillon’s version – but then I’m a massive fan of Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman. There’s also the famous version by Liam Clancy. My humble instrumental version is played on […]

A Review of the Akai EWI-USB, MIDI Wind Controller

A Review of the Akai EWI-USB, MIDI Wind Controller

I have had an Akai EWI-USB for several years now – all the photos in this post are of my EWI and it has lasted well being from being taken to many venues and being kicked over by band members.  I’ve played it for live performances and studio recording, […]

The Donestre – A short story

The Donestre – A short story

A short story inspired by a trip to Kingley Vale near Chichester,  and the ancient yew forest there. I don’t normally do gruesome, but it’s not that that bad. The Donestre  is a mythical monster from an old English writing called the Wonders of the […]

The Trundle – A View from Saint Roche’s Hill near Chichester

The Trundle – A View from Saint Roche’s Hill near Chichester

A Little Trundle History About three miles north of Chichester, overlooking the southern coastal plain of West Sussex, and within spitting distance of  Goodwood Racecourse, is Saint Roche’s Hill.  It has been known as ‘Rooks Hill’ for many years and more recently it is known locally […]

I am Awake (Tá Mé ‘ Mo Shuí)

I am Awake (Tá Mé ‘ Mo Shuí)

I am Awake (Tá Mé ‘ Mo Shuí) is a beautiful song I first heard from the band Altan many years ago. It is a very simple traditional tune (the best ones are), that I used to busk on the streets of Chichester many, many […]

A Journey with the Morris Minor versus Simulated Driving Machines

A Journey with the Morris Minor versus Simulated Driving Machines

I’m a Morris Minor owner and I drive mine very happily almost every day. It makes me happy and you can often see me driving around with a stupid grin on my face. I am sometimes seen in other vehicles; I sometimes drive a police […]

Relics on High Places

Relics on High Places

A few years ago, I took the photograph above on Halnaker Hill near Chichester in West Sussex. In the background is the Halnaker Windmill, one of many relics  that overlook the coastal plain to the south and can be clearly seen from miles around. It was […]


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