This site is 'in development'.
It has some of my song lyrics, some recordings of my songs, and some stuff about me and songs.
The first song I wrote, Talking Army Blues, spent I think 9 weeks in the Top Twenty in 1960.
I next wrote a song 7 years later, Dear Evelyn. Archie Fisher performed it a lot, and rehearsed it in a trio with Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes, but it was never recorded.
Then my writing rate improved. I wrote several songs that I recorded as part of the Scottish CND Buskers in the 1980s. I also wrote twenty songs that were performed by the Singing Kettle, about 8 of which they recorded. The best known of these are I ThInk I Know A Man, aka Jelly On His Head, and Bananas Are The Best.
Another collaboration I am particularly proud of was 6 to 8 years ago with Scots singer Christine Kydd and the Chorus Quartet of the Russian Urals city of Perm. We created arrangments over the Internet for songs that included versions of Pasternak lyrics as well as my own creations. They were performed by us all on tour in Scotland and in Russia.
My best known songs for adults, much performed and recorded, are Shift And Spin - about working in the thread mills of Paisley - and All The Tunes In The World - about the ending of an evening's music session in the pub.
I have made a free CD of some of my own songs, titled Nearly New Songs. To get a copy use the Contact option.
I have also co-written many songs and new verses for old songs with classes of school children. See some of these here.
I ha ve for 20 years been issuing recordings of my own and other people's work on disc and cassette as the label GALLUS, and had various books published. In 2010 I started Gallus Publishing so I could publish some more of my own books. See details here.