Earth Balm @ Bandcamp

Here’s a first rough cut of a video to publicise Earth Balm on the Bandcamp site:

It gives a flavour of the original sound of the EB tracks from the early 2000s.


EB… what it’s all about

I know I’ve linked to this video before but while I work on the older Earth Balm remixes, I thought I’d just provide a link to a video that ‘illustrates’ one of the tracks. It’s a ‘fan’ video and not an ‘official’ one (indeed there are no legitimate Earth Balm files available on the ‘net). I’ll create a simple official video compilation over the next few days using the original mixes.

Yer tiz:


It seems that I’m getting close to 30,000 ‘visits’ to the blog and I’m grateful to anybody who visits this little corner of the ether, more so for those who return.

Apologies for being quiet and not posting regularly or indeed for a while.

I’m currently doing what I’ve promised to do for a while and I’m reworking all of my old Earth Balm tracks in a tiny corner of a perishingly cold garage. It’s meant reviving some old software and recordings and a switch back to the Windows platform on an ageing PC.  When I’ve cast that little primate from my shoulder, I’ve many acoustic guitar pieces to immortalise in binary and to record fully on paper too.

Hope everybody is well in these puzzling, troubled and troubling times.


Earth Balm Bandcamp Cover Artwork

I’ve been busy recently; painting, decorating, song arranging and supply teaching and haven’t had time to work on the Earth Balm Bandcamp material. I’ve mastered it for uploading and have created album artwork using Vue and Daz Studio but have had a re-think in light of the artwork for the new Lankum album, created by Glyn Smith of Stag & Serpent design. I’m going to spend a little time trying to return to the pen and ink drawing that I loved in my younger days. If I can’t ‘get my chops back’, I’ll use the 3D software renders I have already prepared.

Lankum – Between the Earth and Sky album cover by Glyn Smith. Copyright assumed to be held by Lankum. Glyn Smith and/or Rough Trade.


I thought that I might start taking my time and make a proper effort with the blog. Perhaps re-organise and give all posts a structure and may be even rename – take out the ‘Music’ from the title as it’s as much about books (and children’s in particular) as is it about Music.



Photograph of meself on the North Yorkshire Moors.
‘Tis I, on the North Yorkshire Moors.

York, and a new beginning

I returned to York this past weekend . It’s a beautiful place and it was as hard as ever to leave my son behind for his final degree year. More so because it’s become very obvious that he’ll almost certainly settle there permanently.


Unusually, I made the journey back alone. I’d taken quite a few of the CDs that inspired my love of World music and played them at a suitable volume for the 5 hour trip (a lot of traffic problem en route). I hadn’t played the music for some 10 – 15 years but can see where a lot of the early Earth Balm tracks and general sound originated. If I haven’t already done so, I’ll create a page listing some of these CD albums and, if they are still available, create links to Amazon etc. “Sacred Ceremonies” and “Hemisphere No More” were the two stand-out CDs.

One of the significant things for me, was that I had time to think about a new name for my music to replace Earth Balm.

I’ve also managed to load up the Mac Pro with the software I need and already use.