Back in October, just after #MeToo went viral, Vik Bennett got in touch with me to say that she'd noticed that I had used the hashtag on my status. She told me that she was involved with putting an anthology of poems together written by women about their experiences. Her idea was spread the word even further by making a video with her talented partner Adam, with music written by us inspired by the anthology. I was particularly keen to do this because although I'v...

In May last year we got a phone call from a publisher asking us if we'd be interested in writing a couple of songs for the launch of Philip Pullman's trilogy The Book Of Dust, set in Lyra's Oxford. Now, we rarely take commissions directly from publishers - preferring to keep the books that inspire our songs as a curated list from Mr B's Emporium.  Having a curated list from an amazing bookshop who choose books they love means we get an amazing unbiased book...

A few years ago, on Sunday 8th June 2014 at 11.34am, we arrived in Wigtown for the first time. We'd had a gig cancelled near Penrith on our tour of the North and so a couple of weeks previously had a looked on the map for any concentration of bookshops that might yield a replacement venue. A night without a gig is also a night without accommodation and food, which is basically all the money you've earned up until then. A cluster appeared around Wigtown and on fur...

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