Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The Truth About Me And Babs

On Monday Teenage Fanclub performed a live session for Lauren Laverne at 6music. Click here to see us playing "Thin Air".

As we were loading the van outside afterwards, who comes blinking' swannin' by but the one and only Barbara Windsor. I told her that I could make a lot of people jealous if I could get a photo with her and she obliged. We didn't bug her for too long but she was lovely and friendly and quick to smile.

In the evening we played an in-store at the Rough Trade Record Shops and I picked up some swag:

A curry in Brick Lane...

...then bed.

Today I was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland's Janice Forsyth Show discussing my involvement with "The Lost Songs Of St Kilda" - an amazing project to be part of (sorry (not sorry) to repeat myself...).

Unfortunately it was a pre-record and they edited in the wrong track by accident. So here's me banging on about the great Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis and how privileged I was to be asked, along with these other esteemed composers, to write for string orchestra and harp - and then a different track entirely was broadcast. D' oh!

You can hear my track featuring Julie here.

A while ago I blogged about my day in the studio with James Macmillan, Craig Armstrong, C Duncan, Rebecca Dale and The Scottish Festival Orchestra. The St Kilda songs album was released the same day as TFC's "Here" and The Beatles "Live At The Hollywood Bowl". It's going to be a close run thing for the No1 spot.


If you haven't enjoyed his recent work you might not be converted by Woody Allen's "Cafe Society" - but I liked it. Fun - if not wildly funny - and sweet and beautifully shot. A favourite line (which must have been kicking around before now): "Live each day like it's your last and one day you'll be right."

So have you bought this yet?

If the answer is "no" click here....

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