This is the blog of music journalist Andy Welch. He's music editor at The Press Association and writes for NME, The Smith Journal and whoever else will have him, all the while hating referring to himself in the third person.
I travelled to Plymouth before Christmas to meet Ray Ives for an Australian magazine called The Smith Journal - it’s great, have a look at their site
Ray is a diver, and has spent almost 50 years scouring the seabed for treasure, like some sort of modern-day pirate. I was sceptical while on my way there - four hours on a train will do that - but what I found was approaching the magical, and I can honestly say that afternoon with Ray, nosing around his lock-up and asking him about his life is among the most interesting and enjoyable I’ve ever had.
Anyway, the magazine is out now, and here are some PDFs of the spread.
You can also watch a brilliant film of Ray by Amanda Bluglass, Ray: A Life Underwater, below. It was shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in January. The idea of a load of A-listers sitting down to watch Ray’s beautiful story fills me with utter joy.