Buying and selling violins has become a way of life, but I started out as a TV producer. In the 1980s I was making Gaelic language programmes for BBC Scotland and STV, and found that writing and recording the music for these programmes was more fun than producing them. Deciding to be a musician instead, I made six albums under the name “Mouth Music”, and also produced albums for other like-minded artists such as Martyn Bennett and Martin Furey, as well as for Nuru Kane (Senegal) and Kries (Croatia). I’ve worked extensively as a composer for hire, writing and recording music for TV productions and commercials, for example the James Bond-style Drambuie advert or the BBC series “The Edwardians in Colour”. Increasingly using the violin as the principal voice in my music, and being acquisitive in nature, by 2005 I had accumulated so many violins that I had to start selling some, and thereby became a violin dealer!

I have also enjoyed a parallel life as a forester, carpenter and cabinet-maker, specializing in large green oak and glass structures. These twin obsessions with music and with wood find perfect expression in the form of the violin.


Albums

Most of these albums are available though iTunes and Amazon. There are also Mouth Music band pages on iTunes and Amazon.

Z is for Zykopops
Zykopops: Z Kao Zajkopops (Z is for Zykopops)
(2011)
“Pleasingly unfettered by the restrictions of good musical
taste” fRoots
Kriess: Kocijani
Kries: Kocijani
(2008) Kopito Records
This is great. Martin produced it, and played a bit too.
Nuru Kane: Sigi
Nuru Kane: Sigil
(2006) World Music Network
Produced by Martin Swan.
Mouth Music: The Order of Things
Mouth Music: The Order of Things
(2005) Skitteesh
A forgotten gem.
Martin Furey: Howl
Martin Furey: Howl
(2003) Skitteesh
Produced by Martin Swan.
Mouth Music: The Scrape
Mouth Music: The Scrape
(2003) Skitteesh
A bit embarrassing. Please don’t buy this one.
Mouth Music: Seafaring Ma
Mouth Music: Seafaring Man
(2001) Meta 4/Nettwerk
Raise a glass and then turn out the lights …
Martyn Bennett: Bothy Culture
Martyn Bennett: Bothy Culture
(1998) Rykodisk
Remixed/produced by Martin Swan.
Ambisonic: Ecohero
Ambisonic: Ecohero
(1997) Nation Records
All known copies were burnt/destroyed/lost in an epic
record-company war.
Mouth Music: Blue Door Green Sea
Ambisonic: Angel/Weatherman EP
(1995)
Trip-hop dirges to play at friend’s funeral.
Mouth Music: Shorelife
Mouth Music: Shorelife
(1995) Triple Earth
Strictly for beachcombers.
Mouth Music: Move On
Mouth Music: Move On
(1994)
An ‘EP’ – remember them?
Mouth Music: Mo Di
Mouth Music: Mo-Di
(1993) Triple Earth/Rykodisc
Weird and wonderful.
Mouth Music: Blue Door Green Sea
Mouth Music: Blue Door Green Sea EP
(1992)
Short. Moody.
Mouth Music: Mouth Music
Mouth Music: Mouth Music
(1990) Triple Earth/Rykodisc
The one that started it all. A classic.

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