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Matthew or Murph? The Wombats frontman sets me right, in time for the UK tour

It was a pleasure to catch up with Murph, as the band began the launch of the UK leg of their world tour. The interview took place in mid March, when the band had finished their N American leg and were about to start the brief, but mile-rich S American leg. After a week down […]

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Frongoch mine – an interpretation

Having written the Frongoch trilogy (‘Turn of the Wheel’, ‘A Time of Goodbyes’ and to follow – ‘A Light in the Darkness’), it does feel sad in some ways to think that the mine no longer stands as it did in its glorious years. Not that I wish for tons of spoil, toxic with base […]

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Ukraine

Catherine Murphy, my great grandmother, was a publican’s wife. They ran the Prince George in Warbreck Moor. My mother and her sister were born upstairs above the bar, in the front room – as was the way of the time for many. Her husband had worked up in the brewery trade, mainly on the Liverpool […]

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In the court of Attila (the Stockbroker) – a Radio Aber special

My latest foray into the world of Arts interviews finds me in conversation with the legendary punk poet, Attila the Stockbroker. Veteran of 3800 gigs, over a 40 year period, he has performed in such diverse places as the USA, East Germany, Australia and New Zealand, Belgium and the Druid Inn in Goginan (twice). He […]

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Cambrian News review of ‘A Time of Goodbyes’

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Latest review for A Time of Goodbyes

New Year. New Reviews. thanks to the Aber Ego magazine for a review of ‘A Time of Goodbyes’ in their January edition on p44-45. The full magazine is available here: https://ego.today/jan22/

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Sunken cities, dodgy internet and Guinness; my interview with Subsignal’s Arno Menses

When you think of progressive rock music, it is very easy to get locked into the stereotype of long straggly hair, interminably long solos of everything that they can get their hands on, concept albums where the whole recording is ‘a track’, rambling conversations about things being  ‘silver’ and ‘gold’, or inventing languages for artistic […]

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A Time of Goodbyes now available on Kindle

The new novel, A Time of Goodbyes, is now available on Kindle, as well as paperback. The further adventures of the lead miner, Owain and his family can now be added to your collection via the usual outlets. This brings all the current e-books up to date My next adventure in the New Year, is […]

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A Time of Goodbyes – Tithe Wars

One of the scenes in the book, A Time of Goodbyes, shows Owain’s encounter with the ‘Tithe Wars’. It’s a concept totally alien to us, but was part of a larger question on religion and the state in the 19th Century. Although prevalent in Ireland, it hit Wales and to a lesser degree rural England. […]

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A Time of Goodbyes – Historical Background

The novel, ‘A Time of Goodbyes’ takes the story of Owain Thomas onwards from his young adult days in ‘The Turn of the Wheel’. The tale is of Owain and his family, amid the changing times of the late 19th Century. People in their lives come and go, as age and circumstances dictate. The story […]