29th of August

by on August 29th, 2014

Well folks, it’s been a while since I updated my blog and for that I humbly apologise. I think i have been under a bit of a spell in the last few months, being preoccupied with certain events in Scotland… Buy today I snapped out of it when I got the chance to scratch a little cross on a long awaited piece of paper. This is my vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum… I will be touring in the US on the fateful day. Sticking it in the post box was an unexpectedly uplifting experience. Whatever happens Scotland will never be the same again. We have rediscovered an appetite for political involvement on a massive scale which can only bode well for keeping our politicians on a shorter leash..
I have just about finished another solo album of great old Scottish songs, a kind of second volume to my last release Still. It will be available come October.
I have been jotting around Scotland quite a lot over the last few months and will be posting loads of pictures shortly- I promise…

Pictures from the last six months – Currently being compiled

by on August 29th, 2014

portr Summer hols saw the Malcolms heading north west to the magical Isle of Skye. Here is a view of Portree, Skye’s largest settlement with the Old man Of Storr in the background..
Watery saltire.. the Fairy Pools of Skye looking towards the Cuillin Mountains
Among the Fairy Hills near Uig on Skye.

25th of February

by on February 25th, 2014

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Been out scouting places for future trips to Scotland…a typical Jacobean fortified house…now a hotel.
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Posh George Street in the Edinburgh New Town….
Inside the George Hotel, George St, Edinburgh New Town. A painting by famous early 20th century artist John D Fergusson…my home town of Perth  has a wonderful gallery of his work…

23rd of February

by on February 23rd, 2014

Sunday is family day, and as it was very poor weather a trip to Stirling Castle was run up the flag pole… though not every one saluted it…
Outside the castle.. it’s fairy clear who the dissenter was….
Steep bits round the back….
A well oiled gargoyle…
Er..slightly forgot to take many decent pictures of the many ancient and wonderfully interesting features inside. Here are some replicas of the famous Stirling Heads commissioned by James V…
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Inside the Great Hall which was really.. er ..great.
The castle houses the Museum of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders..this is their most famous moment at Sebastopol where they formed the now legendary Thin Red Line…
Military museums always have lots of paintings of royalty. Queen Elizabeth II of England but only the first of Scotland.. a numerical slight that many Scots have long been touchy about…
King Robert the Bruce whose victory at Bannockburn in 1314 led to the re-establishment of Scottish independence. Will its 700th anniversary see a similar result? In the background stands the inspirational Wallace monument..
Argyll Lodgings, a handsome 16/17th century town house close to the castle..
Looking down the street from the Stirling Castle grounds. A very picturesque town..
‘A crook in the Forth is worth an earldom in the north’…An old saying alluding to the relative fertility of lowland and highland Scotland…Looking west from the castle along the Forth valley..
The monument to William Wallace who began and inspired the fightback towards independence over seven hundred years ago..although he himself met a very grizzly end..
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A truly stunning place…..

11th of February

by on February 12th, 2014

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Donegal lass Anne Keator in Tualatin has a cheery numberplate..
It’s the other way round – I’m heading home from Seatac airport…
A wee shrine to one of the several Jimmys who set me on the road to pecuniary er proffessional musicianship…
Good old BA – that’s if they continue to let me on with my geetar. Thanks a million to all the wonderful West Coasters who have made it another memorable and magical trip to the edge of the world…