Pavilion Set podcast with Simon Robinson-Po

It was a great pleasure to join my old Copter and Blue Aeroplanes bandmate Simon Robinson-Po on his Pavilion Set music podcast sofa. We started out with a reading from Patrick Duff’s new memoir, The Singer, and then riffed on many things Bristolian before embracing music beyond the southwest frontier. The show is an hour and a half long. I don’t have the timings but here’s the tracklisting:

The Singer – Former Strangelove frontman Patrick Duff reads an extract from his new memoir, followed by an extract from ’Sixer’, by Strangelove.


Graceadelica by Dark Star

Way You Feel by Copter


Earthquake by This Is The Kit

Help by Rozi Plain


88 Out by The Blue Aeroplanes

Not With Standing by Get The Blessing

Money by Emily Breeze


Goin Down South by North Mississippi Allstars

Nothin Too Much Just Out of Sight by The Fireman


Don’t Hide by Frank Leone

WEAK by Bunny Hoova


Helen is a Reptile by Jemma Freeman & the Cosmic Something

Backyard Skulls by Frightened Rabbit


Salvador Sanchez by Sun Kil Moon

Note: Salvador Sanchez is from ‘Ghosts of the Great Highway’, not ‘Ghosts of the Western Freeway’, as I say in the podcast (I mixed up a Sun Kil Moon album with a Grandaddy album!)

Northern Country by Heidi Berry


Dayligone – Reading about the Three Cane Whale song, from ‘Journey of Song’ by Shaun McCrindle

Dub-banjo Unreleased improvised live recording (excerpt) by members of The Blue Aeroplanes, c.2000 (taken from cassette). All rights reserved.


Elin’s Photograph by Strangelove

The Kiss by Judee Sill

New Rock n Roll Angels album released

‘Life Lines’, the second album by Rock n Roll Angels, is now available to stream and download on Bandcamp and Spotify. Find out about the making of the album on my YouTube channel, here.

Bristol group Rock n Roll Angels return for a second collaboration with dBs Pro and experimental producer Jay Auborn.
‘Life Lines’ is a 7-track mini-album, featuring 5 songs tracing a life journey through gambling, debt, work, escape, and commitment. The songs were recorded in Bristol, at dBs Pro studios. Three of the tracks were then mixed live by Auborn, in St Michael and All Angel’s church, through a process known as ‘reamping’. The musicians’ performances were played out into the church space, through multiple speakers, and then captured with a single microphone to create binaural mixes for each song. The remaining four tracks were mixed at dBs Pro, using the church’s sampled reverb. You can watch videos about the recording process on the band’s website.
The cover artwork reflects the five stations of the ‘Life Lines’ journey, with each symbol signposting a song.

Released January 22, 2023


The musicians’ performances were recorded at dBs Bristol, during August and September 2021, by Giorgio Cortiana, Joe Valek, Charlie Griffee, Oliver Maddern, Oihenart Garai-Morales, and Jodie Norvell, featuring:

Shaun McCrindle – vocals, guitars, percussion
Jonathan Westrup – piano, backing vocals, percussion
James Anderson – upright bass, electric bass
Jamie Hill – drums


All songs Copyright Control 2022

Pete Judge-harmonium (track 1)
Pete Webber-lap steel guitar (track 2)

All songs written by Shaun McCrindle, except Full Time Woman (McCrindle/Anderson)

JOS at Bristol Balloon Fiesta

John Slattery joined me on bouzouki to perform a selection of songs from ‘Shaun McCrindle’s Journey of Song’ at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, on August 11th. The sound engineers took a recording from the mixing desk which I’ve uploaded to Soundcloud. You can hear it here: My favourite tracks from the performance were probably ‘Bedpost’ and ‘Speak’. Check it out – you may have a different favourite.

Rock n Roll Angels ‘Life Lines’ recording project with dBs Pro

Between August 2021 and July 2022, Rock n Roll Angels collaborated with Jay Auborn, at dBs Pro in Bristol, to produce a ‘mini-album’ called ‘Life Lines’. The project was conceived as a response to RnRA’s debut album, ‘Peaceful’, which was recorded live (mostly) in St Michael and All Angels church, on Windmill Hill, Bristol, in December 2017. Instead of recording ‘Life Lines’ live, we decided to record the songs in dBs studios and then mix them live in the church, through a process known as ‘reamping’. There are some short films about the project here.

October 2021 – Live recording

In October 2021, Shozzo – an acoustic trio comprising John Slattery on bouzouki, James Anderson on upright bass, and myself on guitar and vocals – performed a version of my song The Salt Path, at Windmill Community Centre, in Bristol. The performance was recorded by Joe Valek (audio) and Simon Snashall (camera and editing) and can be seen by clicking on the link.


I was inspired to write the song after reading Raynor Winn’s book ‘The Salt Path’, during the first Covid Lockdown of 2020. The book records an epic walk she and her partner undertook in 2013, along the 500+ miles of the southwest coastal path in the UK. This was no holiday! The couple had nowhere to live after they’d lost their house through a bad investment, so they decided to walk, and walk, and walk, camping each night wherever they could find a spot along the narrow confines of the rugged coastal path. They were out in the open air, with very little to survive on, for months. Critics described it as a “triumph of hope over adversity”.