Violin and vocals. Additional instruments: viola, mandolin, soprano, baritone and bass ukuleles, harmonium, piano and various percussion.
Harmonica and vocals.
1 Beulah Road (TILSTON)
A beautiful Autumn day and I found myself ‘motivating’ up through Wales, from Mumbles up to Merseyside. On a stretch called the Beulah Road, I stopped, climbed up the ‘Sugarloaf ‘hill and soaked up the beautiful vista.
2 Blues For The North Wind (TILSTON)
The first winter I experienced in the Yorkshire Pennines, I quickly discovered what ‘wuthering’ meant. A revisiting of an older song of mine.
3 Courting Is A Pleasure (Trad arr.TILSTON)
Courting Is A Pleasure
A lovely traditional Irish song that, quite rightly, has many fine versions. Despite the song’s title, the narrator does not appear to derive much pleasure from the situation.
4 Far Side Of The World (TILSTON)
A song of sailing to the southern seas in days gone by, all for the love of Nancy.
5 Song Of The Wandering Aengus (YEATS/TILSTON)
Some poems seem to ache for a musical setting and a good number of other songwriters have done just that to this beautiful WB Yeats poem.
6 Sometimes In This Life (TILSTON)
Sometimes In This Life
This song I wrote in the late 1970s somehow seems to demand a revisitation on a regular basis. A kind of secular hymn to the big happenstance of life.
7 Rocky Road (TILSTON)
A song I wrote for Fairport Convention late last century, that I have now borrowed back.
8 Martin Said To His Man (Trad arr TILSTON)
An arrangement of a very old traditional song that probably dates back to the 16th century, playing out with a couple of goes round the Elizabethan Serenade, from the pen of the immortal Ronald Binge.
9 Jimmy’s Train (GUIFFRE/TILSTON)
A homage to two Jims. A musical melding of two pieces from the great Jazz saxophonist Jimmy Guiffre, ‘Train & The River,’ and part of the ‘Crawdad Suite,’ with a few link passages of my own. Hats off too to the inspired guitarist Jim Hall who, I strongly suspect, had a substantial input in the original compositions.
10 Jam Tomorrow (TILSTON)
A song for all those young people sold short of a future and caught in a cruel sleight of hand of diminishing opportunities.
11 Let’s Face The Music And Dance (BERLIN)
A masterful song from Irving Berlin that I originally learned to perform at my eldest daughter Sophie’s wedding…not the song she was expecting.
12 Sentimental (WARMINGTON)
Keith writes about one song every five years, but he’s written some crackers and this is my favourite.
13 Little Norris (GORDON)
An instrumental piece from Stuart, dedicated to Trudy & Richard Howell and named after their wonderful Devonian farmhouse, where a substantial amount of this album was recorded.
Produced by Stuart Gordon and Steve Tilston
Recorded in Bristol, Devon and Hebden Bridge.
Digital Mastering by Paul Whittington, The Longhouse, North Somerset
Cover painting by Sophie Tilston
Photographs by Richard Howell ( Keith and Stuart) and Paul Floyd Blake (Steve)
Sleeve design and artwork Jerome Dineen (firstname.lastname@example.org)