This is me in my early protest days! The record was made in support of the various anti-nuclear missile peace camps in the UK, like the one at Greenham Common.


Here’s something more recent: two (protest) songs on YOU TUBE – ‘A Dinosaur’s Lament’ & ‘Ballad of the Baggage Handlers’ (you can join in on this one!) performed at Afri’s Feile Bride Conference in Kildare, 2014.

Recent songs –

This is my latest song: ‘End of the World’ (ballad) written in response to Trad Connect’s call for songs about modern emigration. It connects with my work with Afri (Action from Ireland.)

And here’s a newer version with RoJ Whelan adding some lovely second guitar lines and harmony vocals. We sang it at a recent Afri schools event in Galway, linked to ‘Just a Second!’

Dusty Banjos

For quite a while I’ve been learning to play traditional Irish music on the fiddle. For a number of years two inspiring women here in Galway -Mary Lovett & Heather Greer ran the Dusty Banjos sessions in the Western Hotel, for complete beginners and improvers. They continue to host monthly Saturday full sessions in Lohans, Salthill and during the summer, Wednesday night sessions in Olivers in Cleggan, Co. Galway.  Mary & Heather have produced some wonderful books for learners and I’m happy to say that they have included some of my poems about Trad in their two most recent books ‘Ten Years of Tunes’ & ‘The Concertina Diaries.’

Here’s their website:

Earlier punk-rock days!
The Resisters
Offical website

Once upon a time I was a member of this great band – The Resisters, based in London
We had an album out in 1979 – The Resisters on Trikont Records in Munich, since re-released by RETRO Records in the UK.

This is from a college gig in our early, morphing into punk days – 1978. (We were previously the more laid back ‘Basement Band’.)

Here’s a sample track ‘London’ from the album.

And here’s another – ‘Secrets’


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