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My year so far…

25 August, 2011 | Posted in: journal

With preparations well under way for the release of my new album and tour I thought it time that I resume my blogging as there’s going to
be much activity over the next few weeks.

I am currently surrounded by boxes, suitcases and the contents of my loft as its now only a week ’till I move house to Oxford.  It’s been a poignant few months as I’ve decided to leave Devon, where I’ve been living for the past ten years, and relocate for purposes of co-habitation I’ve loved living in the South West and its been very hard to say goodbye to my pupils and all the friends and acquaintances that I’ve met. Nevertheless, I’m very excited about the autumn.

I’ve had a great year of musical activity so far; the first few months were spent recording in a magical studio at the top of producer Richard Evans’ house in Bath with some of my favourite musicians and friends from the South West. There is very little light in the studio and so most of my vocals were recorded in the dark. My favourite memory is probably of the last day when we recorded hurdy gurdy and bagpipe playing couple Steve and Katie Tyler at their house in South Zeal, and then The Claque at the Malt House in Topsham. I then drove myself and photographer friend Emily Ings, up to Whitby in North Yorkshire, where David Owen had been busy making a life-sized set in the
form of a giant box filled with treasures and curios, for the album cover artwork. I spent hours sitting inside the box and then posing in different themed rooms around ‘La Rosa’ Hotel nearby. Such fun – I’m hoping to edit some bits of footage from the recording days into a film very soon. Between recording I’ve also been on tour with the Imagined Village, Seth Lakeman, taken part in the Cecil Sharp Project,
and more recently a production of the Transports at Sidmouth Folk Week.

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