My desert island discs

If I were to find myself on a desert island or possibly more likely, left with an ever-rechargeable iPod or iPhone which I could only have on it 40 songs, these are the ones I’d choose.

You might be surprised by some of my choices, however hope you enjoy exploring them. I’ve added a Tidal playlist at the end of the post if you fancy taking a listen yourself.

By the way, these are in no particular order of preference. That’s impossible and attempting to do that is where insanity invariably lies!

  1. King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – Bats in the attic
  2. Ani Di Franco – You Had Time
  3. Crosby, Stills and Nash – Wasted on the way
  4. Max Richter/Dinah Washington – This Bitter Earth/On The Nature of Daylight
  5. Boz Scaggs – Sail On White Moon
  6. Amy Speace – How To Sleep in a Stormy Boat
  7. Joni Mitchell – Impossible Dreamer
  8. Show of Hands – Are We Alright?
  9. Karine Polwart – The sun’s coming’ over the hill
  10. Boo Hewerdine – Funny Bones
  11. John Smith/Katherine Priddy – Talk to me of Mendocino
  12. Richard and Linda Thompson – Dimming of the day/Dargai
  13. Loudon Wainwright III – Sometimes I forget
  14. Richard Hawley – Remorse Code
  15. Sarah Harmer – Tether
  16. Emmylou Harris – Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
  17. Denison Witmer – Take more than you need
  18. Eliza Gilkyson – Hard times in Babylon
  19. Charles Aznavour – What makes a man
  20. Faultline/Lisa Hannigan – Send in the clowns
  21. Jackie Leven – Another Man’s Rain
  22. Chris Wood – My darling’s downsized
  23. Johan Johannsson – Flight from the city
  24. Pierce Pettis – Something for the pain
  25. Jess Morgan – Come to the opera with me, Loretta
  26. George Harrison – Run of the mill
  27. Iris DeMent – My Life
  28. Christy Moore – How Long
  29. XTC – Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
  30. Tom Waits – Day after tomorrow
  31. Phil Burdett – This river was once the sea
  32. Robb Johnson – Don’t close the bar
  33. Bob Dylan – Most of the time
  34. Olafur Arnalds – Particles
  35. Jim Moray – Sounds of Earth
  36. Shawn Colvin – Tennessee
  37. Abdulah Ibrahim Trio – Soweto
  38. Indigo Girls – Closer to fine
  39. The Roches – Hammond Song
  40. Josienne Clarke – The Collector

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