The Journey...

It's been a while coming, this one, but it’s nearly here! I’m currently listening to first mixes from Adam Sinclair of the whole album, and it sounds great! I’m hopeful it will be available by Easter 2019… watch this space…

I started writing some of the songs on this album quite a number of years ago, and then 'stuff' happened. Life, various tragedies, other work. In the summer of 2017, I managed to assemble the band of wonderful musicians above for a two-day session at Loft Studios in Newcastle, under the watchful ears of Adam Sinclair. Drums (Russ Morgan), bass (Paul Susans), piano (Paul Edis), percussion (Brendan Murphy), guitar (me) and some vocals were recorded 'live' with Paul Edis adding various woodwind and organ, and over the following months the other singer-songwriters from The Coast Road - Bethany Elen Coyle and Bex Mather - added harmonies, and I added a few overdubs where I thought they'd be useful. Bits of harmonica, the odd harmony... We have the amazing Joe Haydon to thank for coming in to the studio on the second day and capturing the session with some fantastic photos, including the one above…

It's a suite of songs that I'm hugely proud of and excited about, and I'm indebted to the great musicians who helped realise them. Mostly, these were recorded in one or two 'takes' - Paul Edis and Russ in the 'live' room, Bren and Paul in separate booths, and me in the control room with Adam. A quick play through the form to get the 'feel' of the song, then hit 'record' so what you hear is some great musicians really listening to each other and responding to the song as it emerges.

Adam Sinclair engineered and produced the whole thing, and it's down to his skill in capturing the sounds of the instruments so beautifully, and nailing great takes, as well as mixing and mastering everything, that it sounds the way it does. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoyed making them :-)