News & Views

  • I was so sad to hear…

    Yes, I was so sad to hear that the Coconut Rawai open mic nights (OMNs) are over…or taking a break maybe, for various reasons. I’m aware some oppose such OMNs and will not be sad. I am not one of them. I have run a few some time ago now, I have played at OMNs […]


  • Christmas is a time for caring…

    Christmas is upon us once more and professional musicians here will be insanely busy and, hopefully, making good money again after the pandemic. Things are picking up this hot season, but it’s not entirely back to normal yet. I’ve heard too that pay is still not as good as it used to be, and it […]


  • There must be some kinda way outa here…

    I read somewhere that the music we enjoyed as teenagers stays with us forever, its genres and songs becoming the sound track of our lives. I grew up listening to punk, early Alice Cooper and the eccentric Scottish rocker Alex Harvey, so my favorite genre of music is still gritty Garage Rock and not Prog. […]


  • Dylan, in whose shadow we all must stand…

    I’m planning to sing All Along The Watchtower at tomorrow’s Coconut Rawai open mic night, a song I really love. Bob Dylan wrote it the same year (1967) that Like A Rolling Stone was written, a song I’ve played since I was a busker 40 years ago now. I played that one at the last […]