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I adore this little Auden. She sings so sweet.
Beltane Fire Festival was amazing. Still buzzing. Was beautiful to sing in a tent full of love and warmth even though it was around zero degrees outside.
I felt my song 'Carol Ann' was my best performance and it seemed to touch the audience the most. They kind of danced to several of my new songs which is something new for me. Sorry we didn't do an encore but we had reached the midnight curfew.
The stars were shining brightly as we came outside afterwards and we were invited to play around someone's camp fire. We didn't and in some ways I regret that. However the 'entourage' ;-) was getting cold toes and tired so it was back to the car and it's generous heater and comfortable seats we headed. Shortly before leaving for our digs.
Thanks to J M Jones for accompanying me and to Sam for the sound and Hu for inviting me.
As always Into the wild events are just perfect.
Photo by Sarah Bayes
Thankyou Beltane Fire Festival that was gorgeous.
I'm here with the Beltane Fire Festival family. On the main stage from 11pm till midnight
I recorded the demos for my new LP in a little thatched roundhouse at Winterton on Sea. It was Winter and snowing and there was a gale blowing but that just made it feel extra snug as I recorded through the night with moonlight streaming through the windows. Nipping outside between takes to look at the Full Moon and the isolation of the North Sea gave me some amazing inspirations. I spent a lot of time concentrating on the real story within these songs and the how and why they fit as a cohesive collection. I see this LP as a 'A moonlight confessional' a moonlit evening spent telling the truth and baring the soul.
I recorded the tracks as live takes over two evenings. These tracks have since been shared, jammed and rehearsed with some amazing musician and studio friends.
I won't list them all here but my usual guys from 'the fall of Eden' and 'the brewer and the dealer' will feature plus some very welcome additions.
We're almost ready to press record and I hope to capture something real beautiful and soulful.
I have played some of the songs live over the last year but equally there are some I've kept hidden and private.
I'm really looking forward to the next stage of getting this LP ready for its planned release date (January 2017) I am planning a few private preview shows over the Summer and Autumn if you fancy getting an early listen.
Photo by Louise Frohock of Frohock Photography
Will you always be by my side?
Even when the skies turn grey?
Will we laugh at the storms?
Even on our darkest day?