“May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive.”
― Fennel Hudson, A Meaningful Life – Fennel’s Journal – No. 1

Here’s my song celebrating the month of May, featuring vocals from Penny and Jan of the Cherrypickers and the Spectacles:

Life’s A Beach

The full concert live from the Newcastle College songwriting students on 4th June 2015. We give you:  “Sandy Cornet and the Winklepickers”….

Matting Weekend








Ridley Hall Matting Weekend 24th to 26th October, 2014. The event was not just for matters but also for other crafts too. There was a fantastic sharing of ideas and information with handy tips and boat-loads of inspiration. At the end of the weekend we were encouraged to show our works of art !!!. It was amazing and the company could not have been better. Roll on the next weekend which is in early May 2015.

QuiltMatGroup photoMusical MatsMat in progressSmall group photo

Hexham Bluegrass

Hexham Bluegrass






The first Hexham bluegrass workshop for mandolins and guitars was a great success at Core Music, with 14 keen players being ably led by Laura-Beth Salter. The afternoon was followed by an all-instruments and vocals jam at the Tannery just down the road. Thanks to Gary and Gill for the brilliant organisation, to Laura-Beth for sharing her expertise with us, and to Rosie for the photos at the jam session.








No more, no more

Newcastle College logo





The songwriting students were in the studios at Newcastle College last night recording our collaborative song “No more, no more”. Here are some pics from in the studio. Thanks to our tutor / producer Scott for making it work. Hopefully there’ll be a soundfile to follow.


Jimmy and Scott looking serious


Well it was easy when I was practising!


You’re supposed to be concentrating Scott!


Tony laying down some lead


Relaxing in the control room


Val through the control room window