I have loved music avidly since early childhood. I love The Beatles, Bob Dylan and nearly all folk. But much more besides, including some choral and classical, particularly its more ‘relaxing’ styles. However, it is folk music with which I feel most at home; and I am thrilled that folk music is once again being enjoyed by a sizable number of the younger generation. It is wonderful to witness younger members of our society ‘getting’ folk music and understanding and embracing this rich and expressive art form.
Adding a space
Writing my own music, the CD’s I hope to ‘release’ for sale and performing:
Further to Chalybeate Spring, I have been busy working on another album of self-penned songs. The album is entitled Orion’s Belt, and I have recorded the 11 tracks with Danny Chang, the respected music composer, producer and arranger. I was thrilled by the musicians who agreed to be involved in the album. The musicians include: Pete Hurley (Van Morrison’s bass player); Geoff Downes (keyboard/organ player who co-wrote ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ when in the Buggles, etc); Aled Richards (drummer with Catatonia); Andrew ‘Wal’ Coughlan (bass player with Alison Moyet, Gary Newman and currently Shakin’ Stevens); Xenia Porteous (a superb violinist) and Jane Williams (the former backing singer with Van Morrison). The artwork for the album was designed by photographer and graphic designer, Nigel Voyle – who has captured the ‘feel’ of the music perfectly. It is, of course, owing to the pandemic that the project was put on hold. Nevertheless, it is hoped that the album, Orion’s Belt, will be released in spring or summer 2022.
As with Chalybeate Spring, the musicians on Orion’s Belt, and all future projects I hope to undertake (I have been busy writing new songs during the lockdowns), will be credited by name and as part of ‘The Barefoot Rascals’. The name was chosen owing to its Welsh historical reference. Although it is some time since I played ‘live’, I am increasingly warming to the idea. The photographs used on this page of the website and the Historian page were taken by professional photographer, Sharon Garrett.