Ian Emmerson took the phrase: “They don’t write them like that anymore” as a personal challenge, and his original songs wouldn’t sound out of place amongst a repertoire of timeless standards, whilst at the same time being wholly new and uniquely his. They are delivered with an acerbic, gloriously misanthropic wit, and a casual style that belies the deftness of his touch, the quality of his voice and the craftsmanship of his songs.