Songwriting

A selection of songs I have written for theatre and performance


song of a whale

Written with Robin McLoughlin & Tom Spencer

Inspired by the account of the '52 hertz whale' this song formed the theme tune to Fine Chisel's award winning 2013 play with songs Dumbstruck'a layered consideration of long-range communication that is delivered with a delicate, diligent panache.’ - Matt Trueman, Scotsman.

 


Beautiful Machine

A shock to my friends, family and colleagues but I have a tendency to procrastinate. Couple this with an at times debilitating pursuit for perfection and you end up with the beautiful machine - an attractive finely tuned mechanism that takes a great deal of effort to operate but serves little purpose. Like having a Ferrari in Central London...or any kind of car probably!

 


Store Your Boots

I first aired this song with performer extraordinaire sisters Mella Faye and Katie Grace Cooper. They can do that sorcerous singing sibling thing where on hearing a song once or twice will turn any old melody into a divine three part harmony. Click on their names to imagine what it might have sounded like and to see what they're up to respectively.


butterfly boy

True Story.


cartoon Creations

I wrote this in the wacky workshop of Long Nose Puppets. It was just how you’d hope such a place to be. There were dismembered heads and decapitated bodies all about me. Perhaps that's what got me thinking about my favourite childhood TV characters and their endless cycles of headless chicken-ness? 


clamour

Written with Robin McLoughlin

Inspired by the account of the '52 hertz whale' this song underscored the finale to Fine Chisel's award winning 2013 play with songs Dumbstruck - 'a layered consideration of long-range communication that is delivered with a delicate, diligent panache.’ - Matt Trueman, Scotsman.


dancing in the hole


elephant (after nellie)

All Aboard! 24 Original All Time Children’s Favourites. This is where I learnt Nellie The Elephant. The album was on heavy rotation in The Williams house hold in the early 80s. A compilation featuring other such classics as Right Said Fred, Banana Boat (Day O) and The Teddy Bear’s Picnic, with contributors including Bernard Cribbins, Peter Sellers and George Martin, it surely more than justified its place alongside Adam & The Ants and of course Shakin’ Stevens.


hide & seek


mirror glass greenhouse

You own a greenhouse. You grow in it. It feels good to be in there when it’s dim outside. You put on the light to aid the tending. You don’t notice when it gets dark. You finally look up and out. All you can see in any pane is yourself and your produce reflected back at you - both good and bad. 


pull it down

This song used to be called Seven Years. It featured in an early Fine Chisel production called Unplugged. It was an immersive show set in a realtime open mic night. I played various 'performers' including the jilted torch songstress Sue DuNoir. For a whole month at the Edinburgh Fringe I got to wear a little black number and familiarise myself with many an audience member. Apologies, I should have at least warn the wig for this recording. 


rising water, shifting sand


the woebegone woman

Written with Carolyn Goodwin & Robin McLoughlin

Inspired by the account of the '52 hertz whale' this anti-mansplaining song formed part of the soundtrack to Fine Chisel's award winning 2013 play with songs Dumbstruck - 'a layered consideration of long-range communication that is delivered with a delicate, diligent panache.’ - Matt Trueman, Scotsman.