• Night time street outside Strange Brew with A board advertising Open Mic.

    The Strange Brew Sessions EP launched

    Impossibly catchy, clever songs in this first solo release from James Bisset, longstanding member of cult folk-rock group Caedmon.

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  • Photograph of South Ayrshire from the top of a mountain

    And then we moved to Scotland

    For years, my day job was building and managing websites. At night, I jammed and recorded, wrote tunes and played guitar but I earned my living designing, coding and developing for the web.

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  • silver mic in black background

    Open Mic night 2

    A couple of months ago I wrote about the importance of Open Mic nights for the development of your writing and performing skills.

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  • Heavily pixelated picture of James Bissset's face and a guitar head

    Groove ain’t got no algorithm

    Being an anal sort of fellow, I group the various music apps on my iPhone into a ‘Play’ folder for all the tools that are supposed to help me create, and a ‘Listen’ folder for all the apps I can us

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  • Sandwich Board outside pub announces 'Open Mic Night'

    Open Mic Night

    For most of 2016, I've been playing once a week, three songs at a time in my very own local bar. It's been a revelation.

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  • 200928November

    You gotta swing both ways

    Learning to drum is teaching me the importance of both left hand and right hand in playing musical instruments. And maybe it can change your personality too.

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  • 200906November

    Get posting you twit!

    From Caedmon songs to Twitter via pedal boards and guitar pickups, a general review and update.

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  • 200901February

    Age, youth, beauty...

    Yes, it's beginning to dawn on me that the view from over here in the oldies corner seems to reach a lot further. I can see things now I never saw before. Now, where did I put my specs...

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  • 200902January

    2008 - the year in review

    The newspapers all do it, the TV channels all do it, the magazines ('books' if you live in Manchester, UK) all do it, so why the hell not?

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  • 200818March

    DD502 review

    I was possibly a little unfair in my previous post Drumming for Beginners, which might have given the false impressio

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