I have just returned from a fantastic time in Sri-Lanka where I had been asked to perform at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Inter-Church Games!  
It is amazing to see how Sri-Lanka has changed over my many years of visiting. To hear stories of my trips abroad, do come and see my see my one-man show "Tales of a Troubadour", or host it in your own local area!

Look behind you!

I did a concert recently in the beautiful Buckinghamshire village of Wendover. Along with Pat on keys and Dan on percussion I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, but I couldn’t help thinking of the time a few years back when I visited with a BBC film crew to present and sing in the first of a series of programmes for their advent series. Though the programmes went out live from different churches around the country, certain links and sections were recorded ahead of time in whatever region we were in.

Being the first morning, I well remember standing in my smart new black duffle coat late in November at the crossroads of the high street looking into the camera announcing my scripted words: “Welcome to the beautiful town of Wendover. To many it might look a quiet, leafy, Home Counties location, but I can assure you that it’s actually bursting with life, as you will see in this programme”.

The camera crew burst into laughter. Thinking I might have pulled an unusual facial expression or that I might be just plain useless at this new job, I enquired why on earth should that statement be so funny? I wasn’t prepared for the answer. A funeral hearse turned the corner and drove past in full shot behind me as I proclaimed from the script that Wendover was ‘bursting with life’. Yes, I could see the funny side, and I believe the outtake was kept for posterity and shown along with other ‘clips’ at the in-house BBC Christmas party.

Funny though this story is, maybe it does serve as a metaphor of how we, as mere mortals, only assess a situation from the vantage point that we happen to be facing. I reckon that God is a lot more at work than we actually give him credit for. We process and summarise our thinking based on what’s in front of us, and even though sometimes others around us are seeing a wider picture we often fail to grasp the complete story.

Soon my 3 year old granddaughter will be old enough to be inducted into the tradition of a children’s Christmas pantomime. The familiar cry of “It’s behind you” from the audience to the unsuspecting actor is an age-old routine that even I can remember as a kid. I’m sure she will be absorbed by it. The reason is simple, sometimes we can’t see for ourselves what’s really going on.

 Sure, there are occasions where God hides himself, as the scriptures proclaim. A prominent spiritual writer once wrote “God might hide himself behind the sofa for a while, but he generally makes sure he coughs loudly enough to give us plenty of clues that he’s still very much around”. Could it be that there’s more ‘God activity’ happening around you than you can currently see?

G7th Capo

I was delighted to meet Nick Campling the other day at one of my gigs.  Having used his G7 Performance Capo for many years he introduced me to his latest model, the G7 Performance 2.  It plays beautifully!

Guitar heads, do check out their website here: http://www.g7th.com/capos/performance-2

 I Want to Write Something So Simply

I'm writing new songs right now that I hope many of you get the opportunity to hear soon.

This poem by Mary Oliver is an inspiration on how to choose your words carefully.

I want to write something
so simply
about love
or about pain
that even
as you are reading
you feel it
and as you read
you keep feeling it
and though it be my story
it will be common,
though it be singular
it will be known to you
so that by the end
you will think—
no, you will realize—
that it was all the while
yourself arranging the words,
that it was all the time
words that you yourself,
out of your heart
had been saying.

Back on the road with a series of dates through the Autumn.. check the dates page for full details


On October 4th I will once again be participating in an "Imagine" event, exploring multi-cultural worship.

Based at Geenford Baptist Church this all-day event will explore all areas of worship including dance and visual art as well as music

I will be jointly leading a seminar with Nabeel Masih where we will look at ways to facilitate releasing our voice in sung worship in ways that is authentic to our background and culture

I would encourage all who can to attend to see how you can embrace multi-cultural expressions within your local setting.