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SUGAR COATED PILLS

  I do this often. I wrap a deliberately saccharine tune around a message that can be hard to swallow for some people. Damn the Dam, for instance, much loved now, was seen as a ‘protest song’ when released nearly 50 years ago. Because back then environmentalism —...

HIDDEN GENIUSES

While I’m often called a musician, the reality is that I‘m just a singer-songwriter plain and simple. I play guitar well enough to put on an acceptable acoustic concert, but no one is ever going to call me in to play on their recording. Truth is, I rarely play on my...

THIS IS, THIS IS NEW YORK

When it comes to technology, I am incompetent. This was never better demonstrated than my interview with Karyn Hay on Radio National this morning. I’d expected to have one song off my new album NAKED TRUTHS played on this show and was delighted to hear that they would...

THE REASON FOR MY MADNESS

It has been nearly fifty years since I released my first album FLOATING. In terms of sales, it pretty much bombed. Were it not for the unshakable faith of the record company head, Tim Murdoch, my career would have ended there and then. Thankfully, Tim persisted and...

A STRANGER SAVED MY LIFE

I have a hereditary kidney disease: Polycystic Kidney Disease. I’ve long known that renal failure and dialysis were inevitable. The decline began in my early sixties and by my late 60s I was on dialysis, which I’ve been doing for the last four years. All the while I...

THE CALM BEFORE …

  So how are you feeling? Are you breathing a little easier now that Biden is President? Or do you, like me, have a niggling doubt about his age and worry what might happen if he were to suddenly fall off the twig? How will 73 million Trump supporters feel if...