Whether the place be in the heart, in dreams, in the memory, or at a location you can point to on
a map, songs connect to all these places. You can find these places by listening to dialect, to accents, to language:
just as clearly, we trace location via the lilt of a fiddle line, the unique rhythm of a balkan dance tune, the stark harmony of a shape-note hymn, the snap and twang of a blues guitar.
Songs of work reveal much of the internal, as well as external geography, of the singer's life and times.
pic" Melanie File
Nonington, July-September 2016
SEE PICTURE ABOVE ^^^^^^^^^
Very excited about this latest collaboration with Rob File (guitarist/songwriter, Audioweb/Badly Drawn Boy).
Working in Rob's studio in SE Kent, We're investigating new arrangements, designed to marry old stories and songs of tradition with acoustic textures and up-to-the-minute digital synthesiser tones and beats.
Watch this space for more. Audio samples appearing v. soon!
A legendary BBC Radio series, whose title sums up the ultimate experience for a live performer like Jed Grimes - sharing a story and a chorus with an audience, any size, from the cosiest folk club to a festival audience of thousands.
Pete Seeger pointed out that it's impossible to be the enemy of someone you've sung with....