100 Days of Piano – a Music Sketchbook

I have started 100 days of piano – making something piano related with a wee video and putting on instagram, @jofaustin. 5 days down. Click on the photo caption to see video.


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Day 5 – Watching Dolphins


Snoring – A CURE

Mike – my favourite person – use to snore occasionally. After his surf board broke his nose, the snoring got impressively louder. Sometimes I just wake up and watch him, wondering how that noise is even possible. I’ve got some techniques, elbow or kneecap in the side is a good quick fix or there is a spare room, so one of us usually goes through there – Mike if he’s beginning to get too many bruises or I just go through.

In all seriousness snoring isn’t fun for anyone – the snorer or the snorers partner. Mike was even considering an operation, but that seems so drastic, so I’m always keeping an eye out for snore cures.


This is the best so far. You need two things: ear plugs and nose vents.

I’ve tried a good few earplugs, so far these are my favourite:

I got these from Amazon for £9.77. They are really comfy even when sleeping on your side.

and I got a present for Mike – Antisnore nose vents from Amazon £8.99. Worth every penny. They work by expanding the nasal passages.



They come with 4 different sizes (haven’t included the 4th, as it was up Mike’s nose). This is my impression of Mike sleeping soundly with them in – you can just see the little join of the nose vents inbetween my nostrils. (Yes thats Mike’s teddy)

There is it. Happy sleeping. If any of you have tried other things that were successful please comment below!

I’m off to drink 10 cups of morning tea in celebration.




Celtic Connections is…

Coming! Looking forward to hearing loads of good music and seeing lots of nice people!


Here are some things I’m involved with

21 Jan Louise Bichan supporting Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys. Tickets/info – here

22 Jan Wildings supporting our friends, Twelve Day. Tickets/info – here

26 Jan Fara supporting Cherish the Ladies. Tickets/info – here

28 Jan Rachel Sermanni with Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton. Tickets/info – here

04 Feb Strathspey and Surreal Society. Tickets/info – here


Louise Bichan






Rachel Sermanni


Strathspey & Surreal




Thankyou to everyone who helped us reach our kickstarter goal!

With thanks to you, we can now get our new album ‘Cross The Line’ out into the world! We really could not have achieved this without your support and generosity – a massive thankyou from Fara! Here we are at Heb Celt Festival, having just received the good news with a Cheeky Vimto in hand. CHEERS!


Fara’s new album – Cross The Line – coming soon!

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We’ve nearly finished our album, Cross The Line and we just need a little push to get it finished. Please have a look at our kickstarter page there are rewards which start at a digital download of the album. Thankyou!



A beautiful film – Silence of our Alpine

Beautifully shot film by Ross Mackay from Stash Media. It is shot around the mountain Treble Cone Ski Area in New Zealand. I was delighted when he asked if he could used my piece, ‘Maxwell’s Light’. The film has been skill-fully edited so that it mirrors the music really closely.

Maxwell’s Light was originally commissioned by Orkney Science Festival in celebration of the scientist, James Clerk Maxwell and is featured on their Album, “Music for Maxwell“.

I really enjoyed learning more about Maxwell and his accomplishments. I was asked to explore the abstract territory that Maxwell worked in – the territory of darkness and light and of abstract form.