I'm a freelance Home Affairs correspondent - brought up in Scotland, but now living in London - specialising in policing,cyber-crime,counter-terrorism, drugs, and race for a range of national daily and Sunday newspapers.
I am also an avant garde musician. I've made around 30 albums, starting with five albums fusing jazz with the music of Scotland, latterly collaborating with folk-based musicians from quite differing backgrounds - Tibetan monks, Siberian shamans, South American and South African musicians.
In 1990 - with another player, Tim Hodgkinson - I did the biggest tour of Russia by any British musician up till then. We even played in closed cities, like Vladivostok.
It was then that I began studying shamanic music in Yakutia, Buryatia, the Altai and Tuva in Siberia. I've made a lot of long trips to Siberia combining playing with research. I became an apprenticed shaman in Tuva.
Some of my favourite books :-
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism - Chogyam Trungpa
For Whom The Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
The Dancing Wu Masters - Gary Zukav
Shamanic Songs and Myths Of Tuva - Mongush B. Kenin-Lopsan
Miles : the Autobiography - Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe
Knowledge Of Time And Space - Tarthang Tulku
The Concise Scots Dictionary - Mairi Robinson
Aesthetic Theory - T.W. Adorno
The Highland Clearances - John Prebble
Qigong: The Art And Science Of Chinese Energy Healing - Kenneth S. Cohen
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones - compiled by Paul Reps
Tracing Shamans In Siberia - Vilmos Dioszegi
101 Scottish Songs - selected by Norman Buchan
My websites :-