Friday, 10 November 2017


When Iain Anderson featured me as songwriter of the week on his BBC Scotland Radio Show in August this year it went to my head And it stayed there And while it was there I told him he had got me believing I was a song writer

Iain Anderson
I have explained this before It's not that I don't know that I write songs but thinking of myself as a song writer is something 'other'

Something other could have been the title of this post

Anyway, while it lasted, I was what he said I was That could also have been the title for this post i.e I was what he said I was

However, this morning on waking early with a need to write these words (and yesterday having sent him one of my latest songs) I realised that what had gone to my head seemed to have gone elsewhere

Where it is I have no idea and although I had enjoyed it being there - very much - I now intend to enjoy what I was before it went there i.e someone who, along with what else I am and do - writes songs

The link to the Iain Anderson Show is

The link to the song I sent to the Iain Anderson Show is

PS The laid back vocal in the sent song is rather quaky but the track does benefit greatly from the delicate arrangement by John Saich and Mags Russell of Wild Biscuit Music And it would be good if what the track lacks does not get in the way of what it also offers The song was written and recorded by me sometime around a stay on the Island of Tiree in the summer of 2017

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


This morning I came across the song on You Tube about a bad girl who gets shown the door and finds refuge as a blackbird in a doorless nest 
I'd forgotten about it - but not about bad girls with broken bits So here's to them and wha's like us!

Saturday, 4 November 2017


Following on from the previous post is news of the song All You Really Need is the Sea 
It can now be heard on Bandcamp at

And there is a bit more about it in the next post 

Thursday, 2 November 2017


The title of the post refers to the image I am using for a song which is on the way to being mastered and made ready to be heard

I did like the song when I first recorded it as a song (it had previously been recorded as a spoken word track) but now that it has been arranged by John Saich and Mags Russell of Wild Biscuit Music I love it 
Its much easier to love a track that is not all ones own

As they have done with other songs of mine Wild Biscuit have made it so much more than it was and made it sound exactly as I had wanted it to sound
In some ways it is hardly there at all - which might make more sense after it has been listened to

And as it approaches being heard by others I am wondering if I will care how it is responded to Today, I don't think I will care at all - although that might change

What I can say is that when it gets to the last few notes I am pleased to have heard it Such responses have led me to question whether this is the closest I have yet come to writing a 'good' song 

But that is a question for another day

The link to the Wild Biscuit Music site is  When the song is ready to be heard it will be made available on Bandcamp and elsewhere and news of that happening will be posted on this site 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


On a recent visit to the CAVA STUDIOS GLASGOW the track FEET FEET FEET was given some additional beef by FRASER SPIERS and BRIAN YOUNG 
It was mastered by GEOFF ALLAN and the fresher version can be heard on Bandcamp at

Friday, 20 October 2017


This track FEET FEET FEET came from personal experience and on hearing of friends and others who had occasionally not been paying enough attention to their feet

The firmly planted feet (and some leg) in the image above belong
to a well loved companion called Mrs Sheep
More of a message than a song it has words which are simple and repetitive enough to be sung easily - even while walking

The song can be heard on Bandcamp at

From another well loved companion

Friday, 13 October 2017

SPAM VALLEY oops and a wink

There is a reference to Henry Healy's spam in one of the tracks on the selection ON THE WAY TO SONG and checking for the correct spelling for Healy this morning I came across the site below There were numerous references to the Grocer's which closed down throughout the City of Glasgow in 2009

The text below the image came (without permission) from the Forum and provided the title for this post The Hidden Glasgow Forums can be located at

Post by ramor69 » Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:09 pm

OMG!!! 8O
What a coincidence. The first girl I ever really fancied
worked in Henry Healys under the Umbrella, I've seen
her a few times since then but guess what? I bumped
into her yesterday, (literally). TBH I was pretty well
lost for words, (makes a change for me). :oops:

Anyways my old granny always used Healys across
from the Eye Infirmary, (can't remember the name of
the street it was on). She always said that's where the
spam valley crowd got their meat. :wink:

The track, entitled Do You Want To Tell Me Again is no longer available on Bandcamp: it is the next in line for some dressing up

The image below (which I think enhances this post) was provided by an interested reader of the blog 

Henry Healy Shop front in Shettleston Road Glasgow

Thursday, 28 September 2017


The above review was one of thousands - well over three hundred - in the
September Issue of a magazine called RnR If I had not been told about it by
Birnam CD I would probably never have known it existed 

Mostly, as I have said before, reviews can tell you more about the
reviewer that what is being reviewed Whether or not that applies in this case
I have no idea but I thought this post would look better if it had a few words
underneath the image Whether or not I am right in thinking this - I have no idea

And I can say more on the subject Well I can ask a question What kind of listening produces a review like the one above - and I could suggest it is the product of someone who writes a lot of reviews

Saturday, 16 September 2017


Reviews from a small country


Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Poetic thought can come from anywhere, it just takes the right circumstances for it to be seen and appreciated for the beauty and the scars that it contains.
For scars are what makes poetry believable, intense and bound to the author, a rose may well just smell as sweet but if it hasn’t been plucked forcibly from the ground or snipped at the hem of the bush can it truly represent all the anguish it which a teenage heart wishes to install into the meaning of presenting it to their love.

Saturday, 19 August 2017


Having landed as an immigrant in Montreal in 1968 and having been in love with the expansive beauty of the country and its open minded values ever since I now know that if I continue to write songs I will be referring to myself as a Sottish Canadian songwriter

Someone, although it would be astonishing if anyone did, might ask why I had not chosen to do this before now And I have an answer

Believe it or not I have always been reluctant to make the leap (that some make very early on in their life) and refer to myself as anything in particular Friends and acquaintances have sometimes suggested a designation but their suggestions have never felt like they belonged to me - or I belonged to them

But, not long ago, on August 6th 2017 to be exact, the inimitable Iain Anderson of Radio Scotland ( 'made me' the featured Songwriter of the Week  He also referred to me as a Scottish Singer Songwriter and it was with his words that I suddenly thought 'well maybe I could be one of those' More interestingly perhaps, over the following days, the thought did not go away
Iain Anderson: from his BBC web site - without permission

A week or so later I emailed him to give him this news but, as I have discovered with others who have recently received it, he may not have thought I was being serious

But serious I am And so serious I decided if I were going to be one of those I would need to be a Scottish Canadian songwriter (As I have never liked the term singer/songwriter I enjoyed leaving out the singer bit) 

But Canadian had to be in there for many reasons Being a landed immigrant was a major one but it was also in Canada that I wrote many of the songs which have been responded to well both here and over there

As for the man himself, I have used a photograph of him elsewhere on this site but as you will see above that has not deterred me from including another 

PS I can also boast to having known something of him many years ago when we were both involved in a performance of Mother Courage in the Glasgow University Arts Theatre 

Christopher Small who was the Glasgow Herald Theatre critic at the time was not at all impressed with my contribution What he thought of Iain's performance is not included in the old newspaper clipping I came across  several moths ago Perhaps I'll try to find it again and make sure I have remembered that correctly

And boastfully I can claim - I think - that the Captain (as the Cook) was required to perform a song for which I had written the 'tune' He has been told!

Monday, 24 July 2017


PLEASE NOTE Long before that man(iac) in the United States appointed a Mr Scaramucci (sometimes referred to as the MOOCH) to be his Director of Communications I had a page on my web site which used the title of this post 

The evidence for this can be located in the following link

I would not like anyone to think there was any connection, however remote, between me and either the employer or the employee

Thursday, 20 July 2017


Based on an email I received recently Val Baker (see below) was using one of my songs on her show As she referred to having received a copy of Kiss Deep I am assuming it is one of the tracks from that CD

I did locate a link to the Radio Station SOURCE FM at but could not find which song she used

Nevertheless it is good to know that something or other was getting played as far south as Cornwall


But from their site I did discover the following information about Val and if I find out anything else I will add it to this post
Val has a fine pedigree as a musician and singer in Cornwall and has a lifelong love of music of all genres.
A Falmouth lass born and bred, it is a dream come true for her to play DJ every week on the Source. Her show ‘Musical recipes’ is a mix of many different genres, but you can always expect something to get your feet tapping, something to tug at your heartstrings and something to put a smile on your face. With smatterings of info and wit ( Guess who wrote this!!) between tracks this show is always fun. We are amazed that she hasn't won any awards!! So is she…..Ha Ha Ha!!

Friday, 30 June 2017


With THE UNKNOWABLE NEXT released - albeit in a limited way - it can now be thought about in ways that were impossible during the making of it But as I have prepared a few copies to send out - initially uncertain how to describe the album- I eventually chose to say that it consisted of some of the words which had been accumulated in the process of writing songs

With that over (and I am glad that it is) I think what follows here is something a bit different On arriving on the Island of Tiree and after seeing the rock formation below I wrote two small paragraphs which survived the duration of my stay there and they were added to each time I saw and photographed the figure below This changed in amazing ways and I think that is reflected in the words I wrote

Those words also lasted and today I recorded them as a spoken word track 
Although it is small it has been mastered and is now on Bandcamp at 

Its importance for me is in having combined the initial two paragraphs and the added words and in having done something which is unrelated to what I have been doing recently - and i like that 

About the rocks on Tiree: I have taken the following text from

The rocks found on the Isle of Tiree are part of the Lewisian metamorphic suite also found on the Western Isles, Coll, Tiree, Iona, Islay and a mainland Scotland coastal strip extending from Cape Wrath to Kyle of Lochalsh. These rocks up to 3000 million years old, are the oldest found in the British Isles and among the oldest on the planet. These Lewisian gneisses were formed at a depth in the earth's crust of many kilometers under great temperature and pressure. They began as granites, sediments and volcanic rocks but billions of years of 'baking' and deformations during numerous crustal mountain building events, have changed the appearance and mineral content of the rocks almost completely

Thursday, 22 June 2017


The image below is on the third panel of the digi sleeve of the seventh re-issue - THE UNKNOWABLE NEXT

And included in the text is a caution It is there because this collection of spoken word tracks is expected to have limited appeal - not that the other re-issues were lapped up eagerly by a wide range of listeners - but of those who might find this one of interest there is a clue in the text

This is provided in full below the image to make certain it is heeded by anyone risking a listen - and because it will be easier to read there

 with some other words about birds and animals

and with a caution: if you are one of the lucky ones for whom love
worked out well some of the words on this double album may not be for you

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


In moving towards the release of the seventh re-issue, THE UNKNOWABLE NEXT, there were two difficulties - and one was self inflicted 

In amongst the tracks on the final version of the album there are several doublers And they are there because I had chosen not to listen to the entire 135 tracks before the CD was sent on its way to be manufactured 

My only excuse is that by this stage in the process I had had enough of hearing my own voice speaking words I had written and I wanted to move on and leave them well behind However, in choosing not to listen I was going against the intention to make this a well presented album And had I listened the doublers would have been identified and removed 

It also became belatedly apparent that they had been created in part by having used two different kinds of titles for some of the tracks - the made up and those which used the first line 

The second difficulty related to how the album would be made available for others to hear Because it consists of spoken word tracks it was considered unlikely to have much appeal and the plan was to restrict its availability i.e. it would not be submitted to any of the main music sites nor would it to be sent out - as had happened with the previous re-issues - to possible interested radio stations 

The intention was to make it available on Bandcamp as a CD only but this had to be abandoned when it was discovered that they do not allow CDs to be listed unless they have a downloadable component

Fortunately there was a solution which would address both the problem of the doublers and the Bandcamp constraints Also, it would save me from the task of uploading the full album of 135 tracks 

The solution was to compile a doubler-free downloadable selection of tracks called THE UNKNOWABLE SELECT This would fulfill the Bandcamp requirements and once in place on their site it could be linked to the double album CD This would be listed as added merchandise  

This is now available to be pre-ordered on Bandcamp at

PS My decision not to listen to the full album of course prompts the question of whether or not I should expect anyone else to spend time listening to it 

Friday, 16 June 2017


Below is a review of KISS DEEP and THE MISSING BEAT from 
It can also be accessed directly at The image is taken from their web site 

SHEILA K CAMERON – Kiss Deep And The Missing Beat (Glalell SKC1706CD)

Kiss Deep is sixth and final volume in the first series of Sheila K Cameron reissues. There are nineteen tracks here encompassing all the styles she has essayed over the years beginning and ending with the old blues sound of ‘Universal Energy’. From there she moves to the rich pop of ‘On The Road To Haida Gwaii’ (her home off the coast of western Canada) and the slightly quirky ‘Another Dream’, a clever, almost spoken lyric over a rolling piano backing. It’s a frustration dream, the like of which we’ve all had, of being unable to get to where we want to be.

‘Did I Do Something Wrong Again’ is piano driven country, a style continued in ‘So You Said’, a song that reminds me of Eleanor McEvoy at her most acerbic. The thing about Sheila is that you never know what to expect so after these band numbers we have the solo acoustic ‘You Tell Me Nothing’ with its undertones of Weimar cabaret. ‘Let’s Put Love In The Back Seat – For A While’ is a spoken word piece incanted over a percussion accompaniment; yet another Cameron style.

Kiss Deep is probably the most complete of the reissues. It has a sense of continuity that some of the others lack and the benefit of being completed songs with the likes of Brian McNeill and Fraser Spiers mentioned in the credits. If you’re unfamiliar with SKC’s work – and I was before these reissues appeared – this is probably the place to start. Follow it with Alone On The Road before venturing any deeper – it’s not an easy journey but you’ll find it very rewarding.

Dai Jeffries

Artist’s website:

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


There was a message from Trevor Krueger this morning to say that he will be opening his show tonight (Saturday June 10th) with the track A PERFECT LANDING  He added 'I think it will launch us into a thoughtful relaxed mood open to new sounds..'

The link to Trevor's show is

The image below is from a perfect landing and is intended to match that mood

The track can be heard on Bandcamp at

Thursday, 8 June 2017


Another review from BLUES BUNNY at 
Reviews of MORE LIKE A RIVER and RUN THROUGH SIDE A were posted earlier in the year at

Title: Kiss Deep and The Missing Beat
Catalogue Number: Glalell SKC1706CD
Review Format: Compact Disc
Release Year: 2017

If anyone is likely to be classed as a musical enigma these days then it would have to be Sheila K Cameron and “Kiss Deep and The Missing Beat” provides a solid case for that very description with no less than nineteen examples of songs that are both not quite that and more than that simultaneously.

Lyrically oblique as always, Ms Cameron’s words often nudge into discontinuity but, given her matching tendency to drift tempos to suit the mood rather than said words, that approach seemed nothing if not appropriate. So, while you can hear the distant call of conventionality in songs like “La Bonne Fée”, you just know that there will be something that makes as much sense as the weather coming along shortly and duly it does with “Another Dream” and “It’s That Time Of My Life –Again” most likely to cause the proverbial beard scratching moment.

Not so much an album as a jigsaw puzzle without a picture, “Kiss Deep and The Missing Beat” engenders as much admiration as irritation which, in all likelihood, makes this art rather than merely music. That’s good enough for me.

Reviewer: Bluesbunny
Review Date: June 7, 2017

Wednesday, 7 June 2017


What if I had to accept that what I hoped might be so - might be so

And if I were to accept what Ian D Hall has to say in the review I am posting here - along with what Trevor Krueger recently had to say - I might be leaning in that direction But not too far - having become aware how easy it can be to fall over and how hard it can be to get back up

But when Ian writes about you he does it so well and so encouragingly it is virtually impossible not to fall for what he has to say! 

An image from the digi sleeve of the album KISS DEEP
More about Ian D Hall, about his own work and about his poetry and his reviews can be found at 

His review of the KISS DEEP and THE MISSING BEAT is below

You don’t have to pucker the lips in order to Kiss Deep, you only have touch someone with your mind, your humour and your lust for life in order to reach them in a way that no amount of amorous thought can achieve; to feel the embrace of another’s words is not just a measure for good, it is the affirmation of what you believe more than anything, to be true.

Sheila K Cameron’s latest re-issue of her albums have come, for now, to a conclusion, a stunning one to finish the time in the current days ahead and one that really hits the mark in a sea of spot on and beautifully delivered, arrow like precision, targets.

Kiss Deep, feel the tension and the heartache, the feeling of pleasure that comes from having allowed the sensuality of life drift unexpectedly your way and whilst you are there, allow that artist to, in even the smallest way, change your perception on what is beautiful and what is pleasing to the senses.
We all remember our first kiss, the slow build up of expectation that perhaps went wildly adrift, the bumped nose, the apologies and the sense of elation that came with it for days afterwards and one that subconsciously we use as a bench mark when comparing others efforts to titillate our tonsils.

Kiss Deep And The Missing Beat goes beyond that, it is thrill of the picturesque and one in which control is hard to shoulder; for Sheila K Cameron, this is the sense of the exquisite, a collection of songs that gather together the thoughts of a woman who has metaphorically kissed more than a few hearts; who has emerged from the artistic relationship with her head held high.

In tracks such as Did I Do Something Wrong Again, No I Don’t See Lizzie Anymore, As You Wrapped The String Around Me, Beneath The Apple Tree and Let’s Put Love In The Back Seat-For A While, Ms. Cameron takes the art of kissing deeply to another level, it is more than falling in love, it is the desire to just keep hearing more.

Kiss Deep And The Missing Beat is a sensuous album, a beautiful point of creative poetry set to lyrical and musical attractive cool, Kiss Deep, remember the first time you felt the pangs of love and then explore further; for love is only a kiss away.

Ian D. Hall

More about the album can be found on a previous post on this blog at 

Saturday, 3 June 2017


Keeping track of the tracks from KISS DEEP

Playlist for Saturday 3rd June 2017.

Atz Kilcher & Jewel - Alaska, The Last Frontier
Sheila K. Cameron - La Bonne Fee
Random Order - Black Lipstick Kiss
Starset - Die For You
Nikka Costa - Push & Pull
Mollie Marriott - Control
Bad Touch - Wise Water
The New Madrids - Mountain Of Trouble
The Barron Knights - Get Down Shep
Peatbog Faeries - The Naughty Step (Naughty Corner Stomp)


Not in New Orleans but in Chertsey, Surrey There, on Tuesday May 30th, Colin Spencer included UNIVERSAL ENERGY, the opening track of KISS DEEP, in his weekly “Today’s Music Through The Years” programme on Radio Wey

There is much to recommend about this community radio station and it was an honour to hear from Colin that he had aired the track 
Be sure to check it out at 

The image below is from their site and comes from their early days – long before Colin’s involvement!

The song UNIVERSAL ENERGY can be heard on Bandcamp at

Monday, 29 May 2017


It would be good to get to a place where I can genuinely believe in what I am doing And I'm glad to say I got another push in that direction from a man called Trevor Krueger who contacted me after listening to KISS DEEP

Below is some information about him and about his interests and his work

And here are some quotes from his emails to me 

'It's always exciting to meet a "real" musician who writes with integrity and no apparent gimmick to sell, just real creativity, emitting naturally, like expelled breath'

'I shall play three of your tracks as featured artiste across the two hour show. I seem to be enjoying good listener numbers so you will certainly reach people who, like me, have not encountered your songs before. That can only be a good thing...'

There were other pleasing comments which I am unable to keep to myself and here's three of them 'You are an interesting enigma!' 'Your talent and style is quite unique and very interesting' and 'I'll be playing your tracks on my show again that's for definite'

And this can surely not be bettered 'I hope to help you at least a little'

Which leads me to the title of this post: I came across the word dude in relation to the term 'a silly goat' (see the previous post) and I have grown very fond of it Needless to say, since coming across Trevor, I have also been growing fond of him and hope this and my thanks to him are being conveyed in these comments

Monday, 22 May 2017


The seventh re-issue will be of spoken word tracks only and is supposed to illustrate a bit more of the range of material which has been produced during this (described previously as a) preoccupation with song writing

Some of the tracks are not at all like lyrics but most of them began with a first line that could have led anywhere Some of the tracks which in future might be made into songs have been removed but a few still remain 

The tracks are presently being mastered and the images which will be used for the digi sleeve have been decided on But rather than use any of those in this post the image below is merely an associate of the chosen ones 

Except to say that the subject of getting chosen can be a sore one so this goat image has been informed that it was chosen specially for here

From a painting by SKC which, in part, features on the album 
And in amongst the text which is being used on the cover is a caution: I like cautions Indeed I wish i had had more of them - and been willing to pay attention to more of them The one for the album says - and I quote

 'if you are one of the lucky ones for whom love worked out well the words on this double album may not be for you'

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


From Sap to Silly Goat and then who knows

But here's a little goat* from a painting I made after a dream in which I had met him - or it may have been a her- on a road somewhere It's difficult to tell the difference in a picture like this, or in a dream 
Anyway as I later realised the goat was most likely an aspect of myself

The image of the it, he or she goat will be making a formal appearance in my next project The decision led me to find out more about the expression 'a silly goat' (I have a memory of hearing it applied to someone I knew - perhaps I was the recipient) But if I were - and might well be again - I found comfort in the following words from the Urban dictionary

Here they are: 

silly goat

The cutest thing you've ever seen Usually referring to a significant other. Usually solicits many "awwws" from others because it is so darn cute

Dude you must really love your girlfriend yeah, she's my silly goat, my everything. 
The words I found there also gave me the transformative title for this post 
As for what the goat was doing or representing in the dream I am reluctant to contemplate but I can admit to having grown fonder of it since we recently met up again

PS* I changed the image from one goat to two after thinking why not give it a pal

PPS Then I changed the image again after some more thinking 

Saturday, 13 May 2017


This song will be played on Women of Substance Radio, as shown on the image below, from May 15th to the 19th
I submitted it to the station when songs about Mothers were being asked for 

The bird I was talking to was in the trees alongside THE PEOPLES PALACE in GLASGOW GREEN as I was walking to work in the East End of the City The phrase, hello singing bird, is one I repeat frequently to other birds singing in other places at other times - usually early in the morning

The song is out there somewhere on a CD It is an acoustic only track which was not well recorded and several attempts have been made to clean it up a bit 
It can also be heard on my main web site at

The following link will take you to information about the PALACE,_Glasgow

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


Not sure what an 'emerging' artist should feel like but for now I can exaggerate and say it reminds me of stepping out of a warm sea onto a warm beach and being wrapped up in a warm towel by a warm lover

And if I refrain from exaggerating I can say that it feels good - almost as good as the 'stranger' experience  For anyone who has not heard of this before it refers to the pleasure of discovering that a total stranger has come across one of my tracks - has liked what they heard and has then told me so

I can also admit to getting a bump from seeing Where the Pebbles Grind and Scrape under the heading Bumper Music It is all a bit much to accommodate on an otherwise ordinary day in Glasgow Also, how I came to be getting aired on this station was not engineered, as far as I know, by me 

The description which follows was taken from their site at 

Coast to Coast AM airs on more than 600 stations in the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico and Guam, and is heard by nearly three million weekly listeners. With hosts George NooryGeorge Knapp (weekend), and guest weekend hosts, it is the most listened to overnight radio program in North America.

PS The song is the second track on the album MORE LIKE A RIVER THAN A ROAD and it can heard on Bandcamp at

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

KISS DEEP and the missing beat

The sixth re-issue of the series gathers together a selection of very different tracks They will complete for now the task of presenting something of the range of material which has been produced during a lengthy involvement with the preoccupation of song writing

With a few exceptions they also represent what can happen when the help of others is sought for the purpose of enhancing some relatively sparse acoustic recordings They do have in common the lyrics which are all by the same writer

Some of the tracks were initially included in much earlier attempts to get the songs heard and there was some uncertainty about including them in this selection The deciding factor was simple It was felt that they were worthy of a hearing and they would be more likely to get one, if given a second chance, on this later and more professionally produced album.

The musicians who contributed to the album, including those who mixed mastered or arranged the tracks, were Geoff Allan, Jennifer Clark, Miles Jackson, Brian McNeill, Mags Russel, John V Saich, Fraser Spiers and Brian Young

The album is now available as a pre-order on Bandcamp at

Saturday, 15 April 2017


An old Bunny review recently discovered and a new one only discovered when trying to relocate the old one 

Blues Bunny, for anyone who knows nothing or not much about them can be found at the following link And for anyone who would like to know more about the music being made and played in Glasgow and thereabouts this is the site to visit

The older review first

Title: More Like A River Than A Road
Catalogue Number: Glalell Records
Review Format: Compact Disc
Release Year: 2016

Perhaps it is a sign of the times but I don’t often get to describe any musician as individual or, for that matter, unique. Sheila K Cameron can, however, only be described by using those two adjectives with “More Like A River Than A Road” reflecting seven songs from a copious catalogue of songs on to the mirror of today.
Sheila K Cameron is not one to follow trends or seek critical favour and her songs, perhaps unsurprisingly, tend more towards the poetic than the lyrical. She also has this rather addictive habit of stopping her songs before the finish as if leaving the listener in limbo gives her some perverse joy. Some may well find that irritating but, as with all things that require concentration to achieve appreciation, her alternative approach ultimately proves entrancing.
It is, for example, impossible for your heart to argue with the perfectly poised sentimentality that warms “The House with the Windows” or, indeed, the poetic construction of “Somehow” as, at the very least, they provide evidence that you can intermix language and emotion without becoming maudlin or confused as to actual intent.
Sheila K Cameron is unique and that, my friends, is all you really need to know.
This mini album is available on Bandcamp

And the newer one

Title: Run Through Side A
Catalogue Number: Glalell SKC1705CD
Review Format: Compact Disc
Release Year: 2017

Like most things regarding Sheila K Cameron, this CD just sort of appeared as if blown in through the door by the random breeze that is the Post Office these days. No announcement of intent, no marketing blurb, no hint of purpose. Just a CD called “Run Through Side A” and a piece of paper that managed to generate obscurity through honesty.
So what is on the actual CD? Sheila K Cameron is a true character and she always seems determined to both avoid any accusation of seeking adoration and to weave the spell that only those with the soul of a poet can. Therefore these songs, all performed acoustically with the very minimum of musical backing, are lyrical obscurities in themselves with even my familiarity with her catalogue of curiosities confused by the rambling stream of consciousness that transcends the conventionalities that would be expected by even educated to the point of pretension audiences.
Purpose? Who knows? Nonetheless, Sheila K Cameron remains someone that even the battle hardened would want to hear.

Reviewer: Bluesbunny
Review Date: 
April 9, 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017


Liverpool Sound and Vision
Reviews from a small country
Sheila K. Cameron, Past Loves. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Love is a very strange beast, we think back with fondness at those that have taken us for granted, we adore the rose tinted glasses we wear when we think of those that have let us down and we despair at the thought of those that we have left in search perhaps of a greener field or those that left because they could not bear us; modern love is all the rage but Past Loves are the ghosts that spur us on and define our actions in the present.

Past Loves are important, it matters not how long they were in vogue, how much time was spent, they all add to the story of the individual and in some cases can make that person sparkle with energy and triumph, knowing deep in their heart they have done something at least once that made that old lover smile. It is a sentiment carried with great passion by Sheila K. Cameron in her album Past Loves.

In what is described as a one off performance, Ms. Cameron takes on songs that she has sang with great affection over the years and now, with a timbre in her voice and a resonating smile at her disposal, she takes the memory of love down a path, one that shines a light through the canopy of trees, past the bird song and asks it to rest a while with the image of a corn stalk spritely hanging in the corner of a meadow and the love daring to be kissed.
The tracks also have the edge of bending the appreciation of the words, the use of gender within them, the sense of the woman speaking perhaps not to a lover but to her sex, the call of women all over the world who have been let down by a single person and still for some reason carry a torch that shines brightly in the fog and darkness for them. Like a lighthouse hugging the dangerous rocks of a Cornish cove and coast line, it suggests that the skipper of the previous relationship can still see the call of safety, but woe betide taking advantage for the rocks can also, like a woman scorned, kill with a single look.

In tracks such as Golden Slumbers, Oh The Summertime Is Coming, Every Night When The Sun Goes In, But Black Is The Colour and Drink To Me Only, Ms. Cameron takes on the world, she gives her love in the spirit of the song and sends it into the world knowing, that like a giving and sensual lover, it will always be remembered fondly and with passion.

Ian D. Hall

This entry was posted in Music and tagged Past Loves. Album Review., Sheila K. Cameron on April 12, 2017.