River of Dreams (2022)
1. THE BISLEY BOY 3.33
2. BREAK FREE 3.40
3. SONG OF THE SEVERN 3.50
4. IN THE HEART OF THE WAR 4.32
5. LET'S FIND A WAY 3.46
6. LONG SUMMER 5.31
7. WHEN THE MASTER CALLS THE ROLL 4.47
8. THE GREEN ISLE 4.18
9. A THOUSAND MILES AWAY 3.25
10. THE GREENWAY 4.18
11. FIRST LIGHT 4.19
12. DREAMS 4.25
The songs are almost all originals - many written in lockdown over the past year or so - songs about legends, and about separation, ambition, fears and dreams.
There are three songs that explore legends:
The Bisley Boy is about the young Elizabeth I dying when In Gloucestershire, and being replaced by a local boy as there were no girls who looked like her!
Bram Stoker was fascinated and wrote about this story;
"...Good Queen Bess of England could have been a Bisley Boy...."
Song of The Severn about the River Severn, touching on the legend of Sabrina, the goddess of the river;
"Let your soul roll with the river
Deep in her water you'll be carried along....."
And The Green Isle, a song with a lovely traditional tune and new words by poet Alison Brackenbury about the magical island off The Western Isles of Scotland; and also about Beira, the fearsomely bleak Queen of Winter, and the mother of all the gods and goddesses of Scotland.
In The Heart of the War - is a tribute to the men and women of the SOE (Special Operations Executive) working in France during World War II - many of whom gave their lives.
"Running in and out of the shadows
Here in the heart of the war....."
Let's Find A Way is a lockdown song;
Break Free, A Thousand Miles Away, First Light, and Dreams are songs about separation, ambition, fears and dreams.
Long Summer is a new setting of a poem by Laurie Lee with wonderful piano from John Broomhall;
Plus there are two covers:
When The Master Calls The Roll, via Rosanne Cash, a moving story about a couple caught up in the American Civil War, and "preserving the union";
and The Greenway - a song by Stroud singer-songwriter Jehanne Mehta.
The fine musicians playing on the album are Paul Burgess (Old Swan Band, ex-John Kirkpatrick Band) on fiddle and recorder; Dik Cadbury (Julie July Band, ex-Decameron, ex-Steve Hackett) on backing vocals; Geoff March (ex-Decameron) on cello; John Broomhall on piano and organ; Mick Candler (Kevin Brown, Julie July Band) on drums; Gareth Sampson on bass guitar; and Ben Church (ex-Wooden Horse duo) on dobro adding a touch of Americana. Produced by Johnny Coppin and David Pickering Pick, with album cover images by Martin Fry. and album cover design by John Neilson.
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