Category Archives: Studio / recording

Awakes – the making

For a week, around 20 musicians occupy an old, disused, hospital on the edge of a small town. Late nights jamming and recording means walking around in near dark along echoing corridors with shadows at every turn. And then there’s … Continue reading

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“Meet in the dining room at 1pm. Bring shoes.”

“Meet in the dining room at 1pm. Bring shoes.” And that was the start of something very special. Actually it started a day or so before. I didn’t quite know what to expect going to the 2018 Outland sessions, but … Continue reading

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Three Danish Galleys – and a bit of a Tease

A few years ago, on the campsite of a historical re-enactment festival in the south of England, my mate Dave came up to me with an obscure tome in hand. I had just been performing some middle ages music. “What … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Song – In the Dawn

It’s that wonderful, soft, warm feeling when you wake next to your special someone. And slowly, gently, one thing leads to another…   In the Dawn The softness of your skin The cool morning whispers And the touch in your … Continue reading

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She Moved Through the Fair

I first discovered this haunting song on an album by a band calls All About Eve. Loved it ever since, so on my return to folk music a few years ago I started singing it again, with a newly developed … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Song – Ship of Dreams

Go out to your ship of dreams Time to leave the shore Row out to your ship of dreams Don’t stand there waiting for your ship of dreams for ever more If you have a song, A song you’d like … Continue reading

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Music for a cause – telling a little story

Following the huge 7.8 earthquake near Kaikoura, the local folk music community rallied round. And you can help too. Continue reading

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The story behind the song – We Be Soldiers Three

A few hundred years ago, Holland (and Belgium for that matter), were not united, but ruled by Spain. As the low countries moved to Protestantism (Spain was deeply catholic, and home of – Monty Python fans would know this – … Continue reading

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The story behind the song – The Magpie

This sounds like an old song, at least the lyrics do. It was actually written in the 1960’s by English folkie David Dodds. It uses an old nursery counting rhyme; one for sorrow, two for joy …… In England, the … Continue reading

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Playing live – a small big audience

Well, thanks to the staff of Paekakariki 88.2FM for inviting us into the studio, and for looking after us so well when we got there. The audience in the little studio was perhaps five. I know we were actually playing … Continue reading

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