have been three stages to my work: an early one of auditions, occasional broadcasts, television appearances and performances
in clubs and theatres. Venues included St Andrew's Halls, the Third Eye Centre, the Metropole and Close Theatres Glasgow,
the George Hotel Edinburgh and The Troubadour London. Music was written and songs were performed in Joan Ure's revue Nothing
May Come Of It and for a production of Mother Courage: both staged by the Glasgow University Arts Theatre Group.
A one-off performance of songs accompanied an exhibition of paintings
and photographs at the Netherbow Theatre Edinburgh. In Canada songs written on Haida Gwaii were given extensive radio play
in Northern B.C. Bob Smith, the host of Hot Air, liked the audition tape submitted to CBC Vancouver and I was placed
on their list of artists.
During a second stage the
performing and writing of songs gave way to a different interest (see www.custtad.com) and, as a consequence, the songs were
placed on a side burner with only occasional attempts to do something with them.
This third stage has arrived much later than had ever been envisaged and is accompanied by a determination
to make up for ‘lost' time. From an accumulation of mostly unheard material a series of singles and small
EPs are being prepared. The songs and lyrics on this site and on www.glalell.com are the first of these.
How I came to be doing this at all can probably be traced
back to a childhood of being sung to, of singing songs and later of performing them - sometimes professionally and usually
accompanied by a guitar. But an interest in trying to write my own material increased after Joan Ure asked me to put music
to some of her words - just as I was hearing the work of Dylan and the Beatles for the first time