Forest Fire has the simplest chord progression of all of my songs, but the syncopated rhythm is maybe the hardest to play.

There is no Verse/Chorus structure to the song, just a chord progression that goes around and around.

start again.

My rhythm guitar part uses a lot of string damping to keep the chords staccato – left and right hand damping. Obviously, Neil’s solo is the highlight of the recording and consequently I felt, for the longest time, that this was one song which would not work in my acoustic set, so I never tried it until I was held siege on stage in Dundee… After my dad saw me playing it a few years ago, he commented to me that he didn’t realise I could ‘really’ play the guitar until he saw me play this…