I chose some of my favourite classical, jazz and experimental pieces, and chatted about my family and music on BBC Radio 3’s long-running Private Passions show yesterday. You can catch up with it here.
News — In Full
Earlier this month Tracey and I announced we have made our first Everything But The Girl album in over two decades. It is due out next spring. We have also set up a new Instagram profile where we have been uploading vintage and rare pics with stories behind the images. Take a look. More news soon.
As many of you know, prevented from touring, I have spent much of the pandemic fighting instead to save my local reservoir - Brent Reservoir (also known as the Welsh Harp) in North London - from decades of neglect.
My grandfather was the first naturalist-broadcaster on the BBC in the 1930s and 40s, so perhaps it wasn't such a leap that I should want to look after one of my local green spaces.
I formed a loose alliance with other local campaigners in January 2021, posted photo-stories online, presented crisis reports, met with owners, key statutory bodies and the local MP. The upshot is we have really moved the dial.
Last month we went go a step further and launched officially as an environmental pressure group called Cool Oak (named after the ancient road, Cool Oak Lane that bisects the reservoir).
I hope to be back with new music at some point. Until then, I hope you can support Cool Oak.
I walked round my local reservoir Welsh Harp with The Guardian’s Sam Wollaston and talked about environmental campaigning, birds, lockdown and my new record.