‘At Home’ is a collection of tunes I have written over the past decade or so. As well as more recent tunes composed in my time with current bands Old Blind Dogs, Treacherous Orchestra and Symbiosis, some of these tunes reach back to my days in Brolum and Back of the Moon, two of the first bands I joined when I moved to Glasgow. These people, these good friends, encouraged my creativity and quite often gave me a place to lay my weary head and for that, I owe them all a great debt of gratitude.
I want to share these tunes with you in the hope that some of the magic which inspired me to write them resonates with you too and that these pieces of music, which mean so much to me, will also come to be special to you.
Some tunes I wrote ‘At Home’ and some were written on my many vast and wonderful trips around the globe. ‘Voodoo Chilli’ was written in a hotel room in Lucerne, Switzerland looking out towards Mount Pilatus where mystical dragons reside; ‘Desperate Fishwives’, written to commemorate a night that got a wee bit out of hand in Anchorage, Alaska…aye, the one about the cougars! The collection also includes tunes that haven’t yet seen the light of day. All of these tunes are connected to people that I love dearly or places that have had a profound effect on me. Some were commissioned as gifts from one kind soul to another.
The life of a musician is incredibly fortunate and I’ve had the enormous privilege of seeing places and doing things that I could never have imagined. I’ve played festivals and gigs from Scotland to Cairo, to Alaska, to Melbourne and all over Europe. I’ve flown to the top of Mt McKinley, rafted down part of the Grand Canyon, looked out over New York from the top of the Empire State Building, watched blue whales breaching in Santa Cruz, lost my money and my mind in Las Vegas and watched Booker T live in a field full of transcendental beings. None of these mind blowing experiences would have been possible without the true kindness and generosity of families and friends that I’ve met along the way.
At the end of the day, no matter where you are in the world, no matter how much fun you’re having, no matter how ill-conceived a situation you find yourself in…there’s nothing better than being ‘At Home’.