• Guitars and quarter tones

    Hear me play a little improvisation using the mini-frets inserted onto my 1931 Style O National

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  • Artwork in progress

    I’ve been working these days on the artwork for I Dreamed An Island. I’m not there yet but I wanted to keep you posted on developments. Here’s a peak into what I’ve been up to

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  • Guest musician #3: Jasser Haj Youssef

    I first met Jasser in 2011 at Ibrahim Maalouf’s 30th birthday party and I was completely blown away …

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  • Mr Cup visits the studio

    Photo Reportage: I invited my friend the graphic designer and photographer Fabien Barral aka Mr Cup to take a few photos so that those of you who are following the blog could get a visual peak into my working process...

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  • An Idea

    I’d like you to imagine this blog as a kind of work in progress. In fact, think of it as a kind of sketchbook that has been deliberately left open for you to see as I write and record the songs that make up the album

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Recording sessions

Guitars and quarter tones

By On August 5, 2016

On this video you can hear me play a little improvisation using the mini-frets inserted onto my 1931 Style O National Something interesting happened to me as I was writing songs for… Read More

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Recording sessions

Guest musician #6: Giulio Bianco (Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino)

By On August 1, 2016

Giulio is another one of the talented musicians from Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. He’s a multi-instrumentalist and I’ve lost count all the instruments he knows how to play. Mauro Durante tells me that… Read More

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Inspiration

Bella Ci Dormi (Songs I Love #23)

By On July 25, 2016

I recently worked with my friend Mauro Durante on a song for the new album I Dreamed An Island. The song called “Bring Down The Wall” is sung in English but has… Read More

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Inspiration

Tombstone for Anna

By On July 18, 2016

There are countless examples in the art and architecture of Norman Sicily that show quite what an extraordinarily cosmopolitan environment there was during the short reign of the Norman kings. I wanted… Read More

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Recording sessions

Guest musician #5: Massimiliano Morabito (Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino)

By On July 7, 2016

I met Massimiliano who plays organetto in the band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino through Mauro Durante. We’ve played together a few times in concert when our paths have crossed on tour and I’ve… Read More

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Insights

Islands and referendums

By On July 4, 2016

As I dream of metaphorical islands for my new album, so Britain, and particularly England, the country where I was born, voted to leave the EU. Riding on slogans about controlling borders,… Read More

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Artwork

Artwork in progress

By On June 30, 2016

I’ve been working these days on the artwork for I Dreamed An Island. I’m not there yet but I wanted to keep you posted on developments. Here’s a peak into what I’ve… Read More

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Recording sessions

Guest musician #4: Mauro Durante (Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino)

By On June 16, 2016

In 2007, I was invited to perform in the Salento in Puglia in the south of Italy for a festival called “La Notte Bianca”. Being a huge fan of ‘musica populare’ the… Read More

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Inspiration

Cloak of Blue

By On June 13, 2016

Today in the 21st century and in Europe in particular, we have access to so much materially that it’s easy to forget how precious and rare certain materials were centuries ago. I’ve… Read More

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Inspiration

Sicilian Poet

By On June 2, 2016

These days, I’ve been working on the last few songs of the new album. Although mostly sung in English, I also wanted the album to have a multi-lingual dimension like the cosmopolitan… Read More