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My other great passion has always been music. I started playing seriously as a teenager when I was part of a Scottish country dance band. Then I went to London and got involved in the pop scene. In the late 1970s I released a couple of singles that were fun to do but didn't make me rich and famous, though the first one, The Weaver, got quite a lot of airplay. Click here to hear it. I ended up putting the lyrics into one of my books, THE CRYSTAL KEEPER.


I also did a stint recording and touring with 60s pop legend Peter (Where Do You Go To My Lovely) Sarstedt, as well as playing in a band that did regular sessions for BBC Radio Two. More recently I ran a ceilidh / rocknroll band with my brother for 12 years.


Today I play the piano in The Funky String Band, with fiddler Angus Grant and mandolinist Luke Plumb, both from the famous celtic-fusion band Shooglenifty, and Australian singer/guitarist Peter Daffy. In December 2007 we went on tour to Australia and played all over Victoria and Tasmania - beautiful country, great weather and great audiences. Click here to hear a track from the Funky String Band 2007 album And You May Find Yourself.


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