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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Sarah McQuaid UK tour update

Updated UK gig list from the ludicrously talented and hardworking Sarah McQuaid (see http://www.sarahmcquaid.com/tour for details of addresses, times, ticket prices etc):

Nov 1 Launceston: No. 8 Cafe & Deli
Nov 2 Trowbridge: The Village Pump @The Lamb
Nov 3 Stroud: Minchinhampton Market House
Nov 4 Barnstaple: ThePlough @StAnne’s
Nov 6 Northampton: Great kNight Folk Club
Nov 7 Pontyclun: Llantrisant Folk Club
Nov 8 Carmarthen: The Parrot
Nov 9 Shrewsbury: Snailbeach Village Hall
Nov 10 Doncaster: Cast
Nov 12 Surbiton: House Concert
Nov 13 Newport Harbour: Quay Arts – Anthony Minghella Theatre
Nov 14 Southampton: The Chapel Sessions
Nov 15 Redbourn Folk Club
Nov 16 Newbury: ACE Space
Nov 17 West Kirby Arts Centre
Nov 18 Southport: Bothy Folk Club
Nov 19 Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre
Nov 22 St Margaret’s Hope: Cromarty Hall
Nov 23 Hoy: Gable End Theatre
Nov 25 Edinburgh: Assembly Roxy
Nov 28 Carlisle: Old Fire Station
Nov 29 Rothbury Roots
Nov 30 Tewkesbury: The Old Baptist Chapel
Dec 1 Bovey Tracey: South Devon Music
Dec 2 Truro: Old Bakery Studios

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CD Review: KARINE POLWART – Laws Of Motion

One of my reviews for Folking.com: rather a good CD.

KARINE POLWART – Laws Of Motion (Hudson Records HUD014)

David Harley

 

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CD review: Gilmore & Roberts

Another review for folking.com, this time of a rather good album by Gilmore & Roberts: GILMORE & ROBERTS – A Problem Of Our Kind (GR! GRR08)

David Harley

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CD review: Will Keating’s ‘Cornwall My Home’

Review for folking.com of a very enjoyable CD by Will Keating:

WILL KEATING – Cornwall My Home (Kernow Ow Thre) (Own Label)

David Harley

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Sarah McQuaid UK tour

I just received details of Sarah McQuaid’s UK tour, starting in November. You can find more details of this and her earlier US tour on her web site and on her Facebook page.

  • Nov 1  Launceston: No. 8 Cafe & Deli
  • Nov 2  Trowbridge: The Village Pump @The Lamb
  • Nov 3  Stroud: Minchinhampton Market House
  • Nov 4  Barnstaple: ThePlough @StAnne’s
  • Nov 6  Northampton: Great kNight Folk Club
  • Nov 7  Pontyclun: Llantrisant Folk Club
  • Nov 8  Carmarthen: The Parrot
  • Nov 9  Shrewsbury: Snailbeach Village Hall
  • Nov 10  Doncaster: Cast
  • Nov 12  Surbiton: House Concert
  • Nov 13  Newport Harbour: Quay Arts – Anthony Minghella Theatre
  • Nov 14  Southampton: The Chapel Sessions
  • Nov 15  Redbourn Folk Club
  • Nov 16  Newbury: ACE Space
  • Nov 17  West Kirby Arts Centre
  • Nov 18  Southport: Bothy Folk Club
  • Nov 19  Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre
  • Nov 22  St Margaret’s Hope: Cromarty Hall
  • Nov 23  Hoy: Gable End Theatre
  • Nov 25  Edinburgh: Assembly Roxy
  • Nov 28  Carlisle: Old Fire Station
  • Nov 29  Rothbury Roots
  • Nov 30  Tewkesbury: The Old Baptist Chapel
  • Dec 1  Bovey Tracey: South Devon Music
  • Dec 2  Truro: Old Bakery Studios

Now that’s what I call a busy schedule…

David Harley

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Coast FM interview

Recently, I very much enjoyed appearing on Ian Semple’s Saturday lunchtime show. I hope that his listeners didn’t find so much Harley chat and music too awful!

More on the music (but not so much of the chat) here in due course. 🙂

David Harley

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