A fellow blogger, Miguel, threw me a virtual challenge to put an alphabetical list together of some my key musical groups that have resonated in my life.

It still has a few gaps (my music collection is largely in boxes in my brother’s attic). But the list so far takes you from the indy days of my 6th form (Stone Roses), to the hippy flashbacks and Scottish folky moments of University (Joni and Old Blind Dogs), the jazzy brixton beats of London (Linton Kwesi Johnson and Daara J) to the latest Bolivian and Latin influences (Autenticos Decadentes and Papirri)

Autenticos Decadentes, Astor Piazolla

Old Blind Dogs, Buena Vista Social Club, Badly Drawn Boy, Barely Works

Willy Claure, Terry Callier

Nick Drake, Daara J

Eva Cassidy

Alistair Fraser

Gilberto Gil, Gil Scott Heron

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Joni Mitchell, Keith Jarrett, John Martyn, Jeff Buckley, Barb Jungr

Kate Rusby, Kathryn Williams

Linton Kwesi Jonson

Manu Chao, Massive Attack, Taj Mahal

Nitin Sawnhey, Nina Simone


Papirri, Michel Pettruciani, Pogues

Regina Carter, Ruben Gonzalez

Stone Roses, Susheela Rahman, Steel Eye Span

Thelonius Monk, Tarras, Toumani Diabiate


Pirai Vaca

Waterboys, Tom Waits

I throw the challenge onwards to Julian Jacobs, Lindsay Simmonds, and James Stewart.