News, thoughts and up coming events

Balaram Pathak


I have taken up the sitar and one day hope to be able to play like this. Raag Bhopali, by one of the greatest — and most humble — masters of 20th century sitar. It is an early evening raga. Listen to it on headphones with your eyes closed. You may find yourself losing all sense of space and time as it takes you off on an inner journey.


On tour

Will Nashville TubbsFriday 6 June: Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 8.30pm

Thursday 12 June: Rye Books, Peckham, 7pm

Saturday 30 June: The Crow’s Nest, The Park at Glastonbury Festival, 12.30pm

24-27 July: Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall

14-17 August, The Green Man Festival, Glanusk, Wales

Saturday 30 August: The Woodland Library at End Of The Road, Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset, 1pm

5-7 September: Festival Number Six, Portmeirion, Wales


Puncture – Mucky Pup

This is included on the new Soul Jazz compilation Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society

The only single by Islington, London’s masters of self-lacerating punk rock, with a surprising admission of love for BBC newscaster Angela Rippon. The summer of 76 never sounded so desperate.