Based in the countryside near Dundee, Scotland, 'Old Man Thompson' - Emil Max Thompson - is a talented musician, songwriter, stonecarver... and so much more. In this fascinating podcast he traces some of his family roots, including a cross-dressing great grandfather who was a risque star of Music Hall. We also learn what ekphrastic means, and how this is linked to the Glasgow city coat of arms and Saint Mungo.
Then there's a diversion into piano tuning and how every instrument has its individual character, and why Dundee played a formative part in the writing of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This is nothing if not an eclectic podcast.
Emil has collected many of his past musical works - and those of other musicians, including Creageivity guest John May - on his record label Souterrain Sounds, where his latest EP release Sailing To Port Manto is now available. Some of the EP is included in the podcast to whet the appetite of listeners.
To hear more, and learn about lithophones and rubber bridges, listen to Old Man Thompson on Creageivity 09.
If you think you're too old to be creative, or too creative to be old, then Creageivity is the podcast for you!