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

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


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


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

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


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


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

Recording sessions

Guest musician #3: Jasser Haj Youssef

By On May 24, 2016

I first met Jasser in 2011 at Ibrahim Maalouf’s 30th birthday party and I was completely blown away from the very first moment I heard him play. Jasser is one of those… Read More

Recording sessions

Mr Cup visits the studio (photo reportage)

By On April 27, 2016

(For those of you on smartphone or tablet, swipe for the slideshow) I love working on my own and as the years pass, I find solitude more and more inspiring. As some… Read More


Santa Maria La Blanca, Toledo

By On April 14, 2016

I recently visited the church of Santa Maria la Blanca in the medieval city of Toledo in Spain. This remarkable building, despite its name, was a synagogue until the expulsion of the… Read More