Ludlow Assembly Rooms – future events

While the Ludlow Assembly Rooms is undergoing building work, some of its events are being held in other locations. Here a few musical events likely to interest readers of this blog.

SHOW OF HANDS – ‘SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP’ TOUR
Friday, 10 May 2019
8:00 pm 10:30 pm
St Laurence’s Church Ludlow

WHEN SMOKE STOOD UP FROM LUDLOW
Friday, 5 April 2019
7:00 pm 9:00 pm
Folk songs and poetry settings from Moeran, John Ireland, Vaughan Williams et al.Part of the Ludlow English Song Weekend.

JON BODEN & THE REMNANT STRINGS
Sunday, 3 March 2019
8:00 pm 9:50 pm
Castle Hall, Bridgnorth

FAIRPORT CONVENTION
Saturday, 1 June 2019
8:00 pm 10:00 pm
Castle Hall, Bridgnorth

Lots of other interesting music, of course.

Links to further information here.

David Harley

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Songwriter workshop at the Loggerheads

I hear from Sophie Bowes that there is no first Monday songwriter workshop at the Loggerheads in Shrewsbury in January. Normal service will be resumed in February.

David Harley

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CD review – John Mayall

Another review for folking.com:

JOHN MAYALL– Nobody Told Me (Forty Below Records FBR 022)

David Harley

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CD review: Townes Van Zandt

Review of a 2-CD set of live tracks by Townes Van Zandt for folking.com: TOWNES VAN ZANDT – Down Home & Abroad (Retroworld FLOATD6377)

David Harley

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CD review: Gareth Owen

Review for folking.com: GARETH OWEN – I’m Out Of This Place (own label)

Complete with link to Virg Clenthills video with me body-doubling guitar… 😉 My guitar and fingers, but Virg’s rings!

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Thomas Anderson [demo]

[Original article first published on the Wheal Alice blog, expanded and updated, July 2016, updated again in August 2016. Reproduced here October 2018, since it seems appropriate enough content. Actually more appropriate here than Wheal Alice, which is focused on my own music-making in Cornwall, in that it’s about Shrewsbury.]

Words & Music by David Harley, copyright 1975, but based on Ron Nurse’s article (transcribed below) . All rights are reserved. Continue reading

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Wrekin [demo]

I don’t usually put stuff relating to my own music here, but in view of the subject matter in this case, I figured why not?

If you’re familiar with the Welsh Marches Line, it probably won’t surprise you that the first draft of this was born on my way from Shrewsbury to Newport.

Wrekin (words and music by David Harley)

The Abbey watches my train crawling southward
Thoughts of Cadfael kneeling in his cell
All along the Marches line, myth and history, prose and rhyme
But those are tales I won’t be here to tell

The hill is crouching like a cat at play
Its beacon flashing red across the plain
Once we were all friends around the Wrekin
But some will never pass this way again

Lawley and Caradoc fill my window
Facing down the Longmynd, lost in rain
But I’m weighed down with the creaks and groans of all the years I’ve known
And I don’t think I’ll walk these hills again

The hill is crouching like a cat at play
Its beacon flashing red across the plain
Once we were all friends around the Wrekin
But some will never pass this way again

Stokesay dreams its humble glories
Glories that will never come again
Across the Shropshire hills, the rain is blowing still
But the Marcher Lords won’t ride this way gain

The hill is crouching like a cat at play
Its beacon flashing red across the plain
Once we were all friends around the Wrekin
But some will never pass this way again

The royal ghosts of Catherine and Arthur
May walk the paths of Whitcliffe now and then
Housman’s ashes grace the Cathedral of the Marches
He will not walk Ludlow’s streets again

The hill is crouching like a cat at play
Its beacon flashing red across the plain
Once we were all friends around the Wrekin
But some will never pass this way again

And I may never pass this way again

David Harley

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