New Song – Pour Choices

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If you ever find yourself in Newton, North Carolina, stop by a little tavern called Pour Choices. It’s right off the old courthouse square. Chances are you’ll find me and the boys propping up the bar most nights when we’re not on one of our sold out stadium tours. Misty or Jessie or JJ will pour you a pint while you soak up the atmosphere that inspired this song.

New Arrangement of Niamh The Brave And Beautiful

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A couple of years ago, when my daughter, Niamh, left for Germany, I wrote this song for her. I had to record it quickly, so that I could send it to her in time to be waiting for when she arrived in Europe. I was never happy with the arrangement, so, when I found myself missing her more than usual the other day, I went back and redid it. I like this arrangement a lot better.

The New Album is Here

Yes, the album the whole music world has been anticipating with a mix of apathy and dread is finally here. Recorded in Nashville and a secret location in North Carolina, these songs are sure to blow your mind or, at the very least, blow. Strap on the headphones or make a special trip in your car lasting just under forty minutes so that you can listen undisturbed. Beneath that classy album cover from the creative genius that is New York’s top designer Aoife Sinclair is a feast of mediocrity just waiting to be stumbled upon by the unwary. Choose your streaming service below.

New Single Coming Soon – United

Coming to your Spotify machine on June 20th is our tribute to the great Dundee United team of the 1980s. It seemed appropriate to release it now as a morale booster – the sound of my gorgeous vocals is bound to soften the blow of relegation.

I’m not posting audio here so that you will feel compelled to go and listen to it on your favourite streaming service on the release date, thus enriching us enormously and propelling us to the stardom we so richly deserve. And don’t go looking for it now elsewhere on this site. That’s cheating.


Well, I finally made it to Nashville to record a couple of songs at the famous Beaird Music studio. I gave the boys in the band a bit of a break and worked with some great session musicians. Their credits include folks like Alan Jackson, Luke Combs, Hank Williams Jr., Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Melissa Etheridge, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson and Alicia Keys. It must have been quite a thrill for them to work with me. Other megastars to stand where I’m standing in the photo include a chap called Garth a couple of weeks earlier and a gal called Dolly. Rob, the sound engineer has now worked with all the Big Three. Actually, the man displayed the patience of a saint, as did everyone involved!

We did two songs. Needless to say, the band sounds great. The vocals….

Executive Producer, Mairi Sinclair captured the momentous event on video on her phone. Here’s the first song with the most rudimentary of editing as our social media intern Cher Maposte was unavailable owing to being stoned out of her mind and wandering around asking everyone, “Where’s Garth? They said Garth was going to be here.”

New Song – Modern Lovers

With their latest song, “Modern Lovers,” The Mysterious Beings once again showcase their ability to be very silly indeed. Listener discretion is advised LOL.

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Keen followers of the band will know just how much I have always deplored the amorous antics of our notorious pianist, Gene Poole Skimmings, known throughout the music industry and beyond as The Sleaze of the Keys. Some of those antics have been documented here. It came as no surprise, then, that Gene is a big fan of dating apps. He’s on them all, including some catering to niche tastes that few others have heard of. The other day, I found him trying to explain some of these niches to a visibly shocked Aldo Sachs, our alto sax player. That gave me the idea for one of the verses in this song, although I changed Gene’s name to protect the band’s reputation. See if you can guess which verse it is. Then I added some others and composed this commentary on modern love. Aldo took several days to recover from what he had seen, so there is no sax here.

And ladies, if you swipe in the wrong direction when encountering Gene’s profile, don’t say you weren’t warned.

We would have preferred to call this song Modern Love, but that Bowie fella kind of made that title his own. Lots of songs share titles, but when it’s that well known, it would be a bit like writing a song and calling Hey Jude.

New Song – Un Jour À Amiens

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I recently found myself in France visiting my daughter and, as I stood looking over the river Somme in the beautiful city of Amiens, I thought it might be nice to have a stab at writing a song in French. Standing in such a beautiful place tends to put a chap in the mood, but what kind of song should it be? I was pondering this when, much to my surprise, I caught sight of my friend Aldo Sachs, the band’s alto sax player sauntering along the river bank towards me. He seemed in remarkably good spirits and the story he told me soon revealed why.

Followers of the band will be aware that none of us is what you might call lucky in love. The romantic travails of guitarist Dee Sharpe in particular have been detailed elsewhere, as have those of drummer Kit Bashir. This tends to give some of our music a bit of a melancholic tinge. How nice, therefore, to find inspiration in a happy tale.

Five years ago, before joining the band, Aldo met and fell in love with a beautiful young street musician at the very spot at which I stood. Their careers took them to separate corners of the earth but, as they said their tearful farewells, they vowed to meet again by the banks of the Somme five years to the day from when they parted. As I watched, a dark haired beauty caught sight of Aldo from across the bridge and, dropping her cello, ran, crying with joy, into his arms. A tear formed in my eye too, and this song formed in my head as the lovers embraced. Aldo was too emotional to play the saxophone, and he’d left it in his hotel room anyway, so he held the mic, but Marie retrieved her cello from where she’d dropped it and joined in during the instrumental break.