Old Compton Street
Written and recorded in 2002, 'Old Compton Street' is a collection of twelve new songs and three covers.
All the new songs started life on an acoustic guitar but the opportunity was taken to use studio facilities to add extra instrumentation to create an interesting production. All songs revert to their natural acoustic state for gigs.
Three tracks feature the tasteful guitar playing of Geoff Whitehorn whose long career has included stints with Bad Company, Elkie Brooks, The Who and Procol Harem.
The new material ranges in topic;
Humility - was written as a result of a trip to the Welsh coast and shows how, when compared to nature, our worries are tiny. "Today's too good for working..."
Caught In The Rain - a wistful look at those who self-indulge in self pity
It's The Little Things - a love story of suspicion
Champion Jack Dupres - observations of the life of the legendary blues player
Varousha - reflections on the political segregation of Cyprus
Old Compton Street - a jazz influenced instrumental. When I was young Soho was a magical place, unlike anything my suburban upbringing had prepared me for. It was dark, invariably wet and full of interesting people, plus a number of basement folk clubs. Alas it has been cleaned sanitised and is now home to fashionable restaurants but beneath the facade lurks it's old spirit. Perhaps Davey Graham would have played this!
When I Close My Eyes - memories of childhood and escapism
Music Is Cheaper Than Therapy - when all is going wrong reaches for the CDs
Girl In A White Lace Dress - A war story linked to our British class system
Clouds Across The Moon - A song of disagreements in relationships and how they can pass
Banbury Station - A story of the ending of a relationship
How Childhoods Are Made - more a poem set to a guitar instrumental about childhood
The covers were provided by;
Ron Trueman-Border - "Peter Green" which is a powerful description of the famous Fleetwood Mac guitarist and his personal demons.
Tony Smith "Close the Curtain" - a love story of a couple parting the ways but with a twist in the tail.
Jonathon Kelly "Sligo Fair" - in the 1970s every college room seemed to have a copy of his album "Twice Around the Houses". This is a reworking of his classic song.
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Full To The Brim
Recorded in 1999.
Recorded with Empty Vessels, the album has a mixture of originals and folk covers.
After all the years...
Recorded in 1997.
The first solo collection many of which still feature in the set today.