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A couple of years ago, the local art-guerrilla types known as DUFI were asked to be involved in the redevelopment of the Old Town part of Inverness.

They designed several slabs and drain covers, all of which display water-themed messages. The messages were gathered from several sources, including local artists, writers, musicians & school-children.

I was asked to contribute to the project and see if I could come up with a text to be put on a slab. The text I suggested was a lyric from one of the first songs I ever put out – ‘Inhabit’ from my White Light Unknown/Inhabit 7″ single.

DUFI kindly decided to use my lyrics, which have now been sand-blasted into a slab and laid outside the Rendezvous Cafe in Church Street. Here's a picture of it:


As you can see, the weather was suitably (and typically) wet when I took the photo. I think it looks pretty great though.

I’m really proud of being part of this project and find it incredibly cool that I’ve had my lyrics permanently inscribed into the streets of Inverness.


Afraid to walk when it’s not on water
Afraid to take the ground on again
And i want to say I will never leave her
I want the freedom to say I will stay


The signs are fading on the freeway
And the fear is catching up again
And I promise you that I won’t let it control me
If you promise not to ask me to explain


We caught the sea air in the early morning
Always knew it was there just stepped out of the car
Spirit unknown as we take a few steps ahead
Come all the closer and don’t let us down
Don’t let us let ourselves down


from Commissions 2008​-​2009, released November 1, 2009
Keyboards by Mark Russell.


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Calamateur was the name under which Scottish song-writer and noise-maker Andrew Howie released music from 2000 until 2013.

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