Monday, 30 July 2018

James Watt 1812

Here is preview song from the upcoming album.  This is about James Watt and how he may have felt when the Frame Breakers Act was passed in 1812.  The river mentioned in the song is in Greenoch where James Watt was born.  I took a walk there when I was writing this.  The stream in the video is at Needham Market and equally as beautiful and somewhat closer for me now.  Hopefully a thought provoking song.


Friday, 6 July 2018

Crook

'In the crook' was written from speaking with a foster carer who after looking after a baby from three days old, was getting ready to introduce them to their adoptive parents. I was thinking about the birth family, the foster family and the adoptive family. It got me thinking about holding on and letting go and the power in each of those actions.


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Black Crow

We are well in the throws of recording and putting the final touches to solo album number Three.
The delay and lack of communication (sorry), is due to writing so much new material that the older songs seemed to get bumped out of the line-up.
My most recent song for example is about the Frida Kahlo and her passionate life in the face of so many challenges.  We're deciding whether to squeeze this onto an already full album, or if an artist series is called for.
Belinda Shave: Beautiful Cellist

I am honoured to have the beautiful cellist Belinda Shave playing on some of the tracks.  Belinda's most recent offering brought me to tears when I heard the rough mix.  This photo is her playing on 'Black Crow', one of my darker, rawer songs about a person who died last year.  The song carries on a theme of feathers and ink, which is woven throughout the upcoming album.  Below is us laying down the piano part.

It's strange that themes emerge from an album once the final songs are placed in situ.  East Anglian Girl had a clear theme of 'home' now that I listen to it and play the songs live, but if you asked me back then if there was a theme I would have struggled to name it.
I'm also struggling to name the current album.  For a long time it was being called 'Feel the North wind blow' in honour of my time in Scotland and some lyrics in a song.  More recently the name seems to have up and blown away.  So watch this space for the final naming.  For those of you I have run names past, you have all agreed that the ones I have in mind are either rubbish or too ambiguous, so who knows what we'll end up with.
Once again, sorry for the lack of communication.  I am officially not blog material, but thank you for all the support and music honed ears.  Where would we be without music?!