IT'S NOT THE SINGER
IT'S THE SONG
A few words about the songs
Adgestone is a village just outside Sandown on the Isle of Wight. My friend Neil Cafferky, who has helped out on the CD, lives there and the vineyard up the road makes very nice wine.
Harmonies on this track are by Neil and my brother, Gwynn, and the solo is the only bit on the CD where I'm playing guitar with four hands.
Another village song. Castlemartin, where our Mum was born,
is in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. The pound is an old stone cattle pound and
is shown on the front of the CD with our grandparents' house in the background.
There were three shelters inside that we used to climb on as kids back in
It now has flowers and shrubs and benches inside.
I last went there in June 2000 with my brother and "the magic lives on".
THE TATOO SONG
This one has caused a few chuckles at the folk club and the Live Music Club. It was not written from personal experience!
Adgestone again. A gathering at Neil and his wife Donna's place. A row of about eight sheep really did come and stand near the fence when Donna sang, and all turned round and walked away together when Neil's cousin Peter started singing.
A few tears went into the making of this one. It came about when I saw Mothers' Day cards in a shop and it was the second year that I knew I wouldn't need to buy one.
A sad but light-hearted song dedicated to my late wife, Eve.
Not autobiographical, I'm pleased to say. Fraternal harmonies.
I usually buy old cars and make them last as long as possible, and then it's sad to see them towed away.
Like many Isle of Wight families, we had smugglers a few
generations back, although I don't know if Isaac White was one of them. This
song is based on a true story but my research did not unearth any of the smugglers'
identities, so I used one of my own ancestors as the bad guy and another well
known smuggling family name for the narrator.
Fine bit of whistle playing by Neil on this one.
"It's fun and it's philosophical" a music publisher once said, and then added something like "but not what we're looking for" unfortunately.
Neil's whistle and my fiddle add to the "fun". I couldn't get Ali Bain or Dave Swarbrick or Donna Cafferky to play fiddle so, after several takes, I managed to get it nearly right myself!
I wrote this one for a female duo of the same name who were
quite keen to sing it around the Island
. But they split up!
Some White Brothers harmony on this one.
Folk flavoured fiction. Nearly there.
This song would appear to have some deep message like "Man
is mortal, art is eternal" or something, but what I'm really trying to
say is "Some of the songs aren't bad. I wish I had a better voice."
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Many thanks to Neil and my brother Gwynn for their musical contributions and also to Gwynn for his technical expertise.
And thanks to my friends at the Live Music Club who encouraged me, wisely or not, to make this CD. The Club's website is http://www.realmusic.f9.co.uk/index.htm
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