“Be careful what you wish for…”
January 25, 2015. No comments.
“A gloriously atmospheric piece… worth the price of admission on it’s own” Folk Radio UK “The Net is an epic. A swirling, bobbing, sea-swept thing of beauty…” Downend Voice “Enchantingly atmospheric” Folk London
Songs can take you by surprise. This one nearly slipped through the net entirely…. beginning life as it did about 15 years ago after a particularly wild and windswept festival – and remaining ‘not quite finished’ for all that time. Every so often it would bob up and say “hey, what about me?” and I’d work on it a little more, then it would float off into the place where all unfinished songs live (usually never to be seen again).
But with an album about travelling, a journey I would never quite forget, and a song that had never quite been laid to rest – I dug it up from the depths and tried out some ideas on the harp. Then it consumed me with possibilities. Possibilities that definitely needed some practise, and within a pretty tight deadline as we were recording in a few days…
Once caught, I was soon absorbed by the process of turning this hull of a song idea into a completed piece of music, and didn’t emerge until I realised I hadn’t eaten or drunk anything for some hours.
I suppose the time was right.
I still didn’t really know if it would work as I arrived at the studio that day. “It’s a bit of an epic” I said apologetically… I had only sent Beth and Mike a rough mobile phone recording a couple of days before, and I didn’t have a fixed arrangement in mind. But brought to life by the wonderful atmosphere’s created by Beth, Mike, and our producer Stephen, it became apparent after the session that nothing else was needed. There are times when only knowing something to a point (if you are a first class musician anyway) is enough, especially if you understand what it’s like to be part of those joyous, spontaneous moments with strangers and friends somewhere far from home, letting the music take you where it will…
Incorporating 2 traditional Irish reels: The Humours of Westport (also known as the Clyde Side Lassies) and The Humours of Scarriff, I was proud to discover that a wave of listeners pushed the track to well over TEN THOUSAND plays on Folk Radio UK’s SoundCloud not long after the album was released.
“I stood upon the open deck and gazed across the water to a place where every traveller will never quite forget, and I heard a mermaid singing, or a man with cabin fever, ‘be careful what you wish for…you might find it yet”
CLICK HERE TO HEAR ‘THE NET’ (+ lyrics)