Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run

I’ve just finished reading Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born To Run. It’s a strong book, as strong as his best songs. That same mix of drama, fervent belief, bluster and a sense of the ridiculous that marks his live show is here in every chapter. Perhaps surprisingly it leaves you with a strong sense of what […]

Leonard Cohen - my life in (his) art

Leonard Cohen – my life in (his) art

I was sixteen and in fifth year at school. My girlfriend at the time was in sixth year, her eye on the end of school and the beginning of ‘real life’. One evening at her house she brought out a white album with an obscure, burned out photo on the front. Songs from a Room. […]

Still from Ballad of Bob Dylan video

Playing at the Linky Lea festival!

Norman Lamont and the Heaven Sent are very happy to be invited to play at Linky Lea 2016 on Saturday 22nd October. Linkylea Festival has always been a small family music festival in the heart of rural East Lothian, set up to raise money for disadvantaged children and young adults in  India. This year, it’s […]

Hungry Ghosts - Stephen Malloch, Tricia Thom, Norman Lamont

songstories #19: Still

This goes a long way back.  Hungry Ghosts was a band I formed in the 1990s, a trio with Tricia Thom as singer and Stephen Malloch on violin. We were later joined by Sean Doyle on bass and Dave Haswell on percussion. This was our ‘greatest hit’, which actually won some kind of song competition […]

Jacques Brel

songstories #17 – Ricky

Ricky is a song I introduce at gigs as ‘a collaboration with two other writers, neither of whom know they’ve collaborated with me on it’. The first was Jacques Brel (1929-1978 see Jacques Brel on Wikipedia). He called it Jacky (or Le Chanson de Jacky) and in it he imagines himself growing old as a […]