Fantastic news! 

Spirit and Roots will now be going out twice a month!

As well as our regular 2nd Tuesday (9-10pm GMT) broadcast, we will now be airing a second monthly show on the 4th Saturday (2-4pm GMT).

Thanks to everybody who has supported the show so far – it’s truly appreciated.

Our next guest will be the Mister Soul, Graham Robins. Make sure to tune in 29 June (2-4pm GMT) for that.

Here is a track from his latest record:


My featured guest on the fourth episode of Spirit and Roots was the Suffolk songbird, Hannah Scott. We had a Fathers Day theme on this show and, fittingly, here is a video of her playing her song, ‘My Dad and I’, for us in the studio.

We talked about the long-term influence of Counting Crows and how meeting long-time collaborator, Stefano Della Casa, indelibly transformed her approach to making music.

You can listen to the entire interview and show here:

Episode 4 Playlist

1/ DARRELL SCOTT – Thanksgiving 1985 / The Songs of Ben Bullington

2/ CHRIS WOOD – This Love Won’t Let You Fail / So Much To Defend

3/ HANNAH SCOTT – Walk A Wire / Single

4/ HANNAH SCOTT – My Dad And I / The Space Inbetween

5/ COUNTING CROWS – Sullivan Street / August and Everything After

6/ CHAIM TANNENBAUM – My Old Man / Chaim Tannenbaum

7/ PIERCE PETTIS – Your Father’s Son / Father’s Son

8/ LOUDON WAINWRIGHT – Men / So Damn Happy

All artist links can be found in the YouTube and MixCloud footnotes.



My featured guest on the third episode of Spirit and Roots was the always excellent Simon Stanley-Ward. Here is a video of him playing ‘Beluga Whale’ from his new record.

We spoke about the influence of the 2 great John’s – Otway and Prine – on his music, and how a side-career in stand-up comedy helped him develop into into the dynamic performer he is today.

You can listen to the entire interview and show here:

Episode 3 Playlist

1/ THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF LOS ANGELES – The Times They Are A-Changin’  / Dylan’s Gospel

2/ DELBERT MCCLINTON – B-Movie Boxcar Blues / Second Wind

3/ SIMON STANLEY-WARD – The Monster Song / Simon Stanley-Ward

4/ SIMON STANLEY-WARD – Beluga Whale / Songs From Various Places

5/ JOHN PRINE – Lake Marie / Live On Tour

6/ JOHN OTWAY – A413 Revisited / The Best and Second-Best of John Otway

7/ LINDA THOMPSON w/ ANTONY – Beauty / Versatile Heart

8/ IRMA THOMAS – I Think It’s Going To Rain Today / Simply Grand

All artist links can be found in the YouTube and MixCloud footnotes.



For those of you still not on my mailing list, you should be! I’m giving away free music to download every month. To sign up go to the homepage, enter your email and subscribe.

This month I gave away a 6-track live concert I recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee last summer.

I was a guest on a great show called The Blue Plate Special, filmed in front of a live studio audience, on WVDX. I was following in some hallowed footsteps playing here. Behind me on the stage were real plates engraved with the names and photos of previous performers, chief among them Rodney Crowell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson – the finest of the fine in this genre of American Singer-Songwriter music.

And I was doubly blessed to have joining me (on fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar) a dear friend and mentor from Asheville, North Caroline, the mighty Josh Goforth. I know some of you will already be well aware of him, but for those who don’t, Josh is a musical force of nature. Only a few years my senior, he is already a true American musical master and legend in those parts – not to mention, a Grammy-nominee. One of the most wonderful things of my time in the US was connecting with great musicians and songwriters like Josh who took me under their wing and gave me so much encouragement in what I was doing.

You can listen to the whole thing here on YouTube:


Thanks so much to everyone who tuned in again, or listened retrospectively on MixCloud to the second episode of my monthly radio show, Spirit and Roots. It was a joy to have Trent Miller as my guest. We laughed a lot and he proved once again what a superb writer he is.

If you haven’t heard it yet, you can do so here:

I recently started a dedicated Facebook page for Spirit and Roots, which I hope to build into a vibrant online community. If you’d like to be part of that, please join by pressing the Blue  ‘Like’ button on the below link:

Due to refurbishment in the K2K studios, May’s episode will not going to go out the 2nd Tuesday of the month as usual. Instead, our next show will be on Saturday the 25th May 3-4pm (GMT). I’m delighted to have as my guest then another superb London Singer-Songwriter, Simon Stanley Ward. It’s gonna be another good one.


I’m delighted to have a busy month ahead. Most notably, I will be touring the Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) for the very first time and I can’t wait to travel there next week and make lots of new friends.

I will also be playing several London shows, so come and say hello if you’re nearby!

For gig address details, please go to:


The great JJ Cale has just had a new posthumous CD released, which I’m inevitably tapping my toes to every time I press play – it’s superb. I’ve also had the pleasure of discovering the music of Pierce Pettis recently – I’m now a convert and look forward to spinning him on my future radio shows.


These two quotes I’ve recently come across seem to compliment each other nicely:

“It’s a Folk-Singer’s job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb comfortable people.” – Woody Guthrie

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life” – Pablo Picasso

Sometimes, as an artist, it’s good to question, and be reminded of, what you’re doing and why. People create for all kinds of reasons and different works can, and should, have different purposes. But some of my favourite pieces of art have, without a doubt, conformed powerfully to the above quotes.

Cutting through, and shining a torch beneath, social artifices to the core of nature and humanity is one of the most enduring and poignant duties art can offer to the world.

I wish you all a wonderful month ahead – good weather, good luck and good music to you all.

Till the next time x



Hello folks, thanks for checking in here – I’ve had some website problems recently, which have prevented me from posting regularly – but hopefully all is back to normal now, so keep stopping by for more regular updates!

As posted on my Twitter and Facebook feeds, I have begun posting out a monthly newsletter and I’d love it if you signed up. Here I will post news of all gigs, radio performances, recording news – and I will also be giving away a free MP3 each month of an unreleased track. To sign up just click ‘Home’ at the top of the page and scroll down until you see the white box where you can enter your email address – and be sure to click ‘subscribe!’