Listen to my new single ‘Bring Down The Wall’

Check out my song ‘Bring Down The Wall’ the first single from my new album out Oct 21st

[Single also available on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music]

More and more walls are springing up around the world. If they haven’t already been built, they’re being talked about, and proudly championed, like the forthcoming great wall of Calais or Donald Trump’s even greater wall of Mexico.

It’s strange how the word ‘great’ is often applied to the walls human beings have built throughout History. Unlike Hadrian’s wall in Britain, or the Great Wall of China’s, today’s walls don’t even have the benefit of some architectural merit. There’s nothing remotely great about them. They seem, instead, to be depressing proof of our inability to coexist. They are sad edifices to exclusion and enmity, nationalism and warmongering.

And there are other kinds of walls too. These are not necessarily made of stone, brick or barbed wire, but they are no less imposing. They are the mental walls we erect between us and others, the walls some construct inside their minds, to shut out their fears, to let their inhibitions and opinons go unchallenged, to keep their bigotry and intolerance safe. How many of such walls do millions of people all over the world come up against on a daily basis?

So whatever the adjective is that’s the opposite of great, I’ll keep it in mind to tag the growing number of walls, be they physical or metaphorical. Nationalism and xenophobia are once again omnipresent, fear and demonisation of the other are the new political and social reality.

On my dreamed up island, a million utopian leagues away from Trump’s vindictive sneer and Brexit’s backward step, they sing, ‘bring down the wall, break it, stone by stone, bring down the wall shake it, to the bone.’

You can also pre-order now my album I Dreamed An Island (out worldwide 21 oct, except UK, Nov 4th) on iTunes and get “Bring Down The Wall” immediately as an instant gratification download:

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I Dreamed An Island [Album Artwork + Tracklist]

Good news people! My new album will be out soon on October 21st in Europe and North America and on November the 4th in the UK.
The album will be available on digital, cd and vinyl and via the Beating Drum shop where we’ll be releasing a bundle that will include a 7” vinyl in a limited edition of 250 with a poster printed in offset.

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A few weeks ago I published a post about the artwork i was working on. At the time, I was playing around with some images made using cut up paper. Although I liked what had come up with, in the end, I decided to go back to photography, a medium that I haven’t used since my 2009 album, Two Grains Of Sand.

The artwork for the new album is based on a series of photos I took this year on a beautiful and remote island off the coast of Italy, between Naples and Rome, called Palmarola.
One day while on the island, I spotted Sami, my youngest son, lost in thought by the shore. The sun was low and golden and the light was perfect, creating a wonderful halo of light around him.
In the end we used one of these shots for the album cover, I hope you like it!!

And here’s the tracklist & credits for I Dreamed An Island:

1. To be sky
2. Drone
3. Bring down the wall
4. Cloak of blue
5. The many were more
6. Judith
7. Beloved
8. Anima
9. Comets
10. Oiseau

Produced by Piers Faccini
All songs by Piers Faccini except*

*To be Sky: music by Bijan Chemirani and Piers Faccini
Bring Down the Wall: lyrics in Salentino by Mauro Durante
The Many Were More: lyrics by Francesca Beard and Piers Faccini, music by Piers Faccini and Simone Prattico, poem My Sicily by Ibn-Hamdis
Judith: lyrics by Francesca Beard and Piers Faccini
Anima: lyrics in Palermitano by Fabrizio Cammarata

Arrangements for drums and percussion by Simone Prattico
Recorded by Piers Faccini at Fire Head Studios, Les Cevennes, France
Drums recorded at NGR, Roma by Francesco de Nigris
Zampogna recorded at Daniele and Mauro Durante’s studio in Lecce, Italy Baroque guitar and Theorbo recorded by Luca Tarantino in his home studio, Lecce, Italy
Mixed by Francesco de Nigris at NGR, Roma
Mastering by François Fanelli at Sonics Mastering, Marseille

SONGS I LOVE #23: BELLA CI DORMI (ft. Mauro Durante)

Click here to download the track for free

It’s been a while since I’ve released a new cover from the ongoing Songs I Love series so here’s a version of the beautiful southern Italian serenade “Bella Ci Dormi”.

I first sang this song in 2010 when my friend Mauro Durante invited me to perform with his band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino at the festival Le Notte Bianca in Puglia. ‘Bella ci dormi’ was traditionally sung by musicians under the balconies of women who were being proposed to but the tradition of the serenade and the custom of paying a musician to sing as a gesture of love has all but disappeared. Even if the concept of the serenade could do with a little C21st tweaking, I can’t help thinking that making a mixtape or a digital playlist for someone doesn’t have quite the same romantic quality as being sung to under a balcony in the light of the full moon but I may be wrong!

Mauro visited me recently at home as we were writing the lyrics for a song on the new album called “Bring down the wall”, my words in English, his in the Salentino dialect. In between writing lyrics, we also found the time to record together a new cover for Vol II of Songs I Love.

Here’s ‘Bella Ci Dormi’, as always it’s a simple, no frills recording with Mauro on violin and me on guitar. I really hope you’ll enjoy it!

Compilation, Refugee – Various Artists

I recently contributed a new song to the benefit album Refugee. There’s a stellar cast of musicians on the record including Bonnie Prince Billy, Linda Thompson, Alasdair Roberts and fellow Beating Drum artist, Jenny Lysander to name a few. All proceeds from the record go to MOAS, the migrant offshore station who provide search and rescue assistance to refugees and migrants in distress at sea.

The idea for the song ‘This Morning The Birds’ that I wrote for the record was inspired by a conversation I had with my two sons. We live in rural southern France and news had come in that a small number of Syrian families would be allocated housing near to the village where our sons go to school. For a brief moment, the village even became a cause celebre in the local press with Front National activists arriving with their leaflets and inflammatory rhetoric before being firmly booted out by the villagers.

As a family we talked about how people become refugees, we talked of war and famine and of the things that make people desperate enough to risk their own lives and the lives of their own children. We talked about poverty and economic migration and I told them more about their great grandparents who’d come to Britain as economic migrants from Italy, Ireland and Eastern Europe.

More than anything that night we talked about empathy and how the world changes when we see through its lens. We even looked it up in the dictionary. “Empathy is the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person’s situation.”

The next day I wrote the song “This Morning The Birds” and my sons recorded it and sang it with me.

Listen and buy the album Refugee:

You can find out more about MOAS here: http://www.moas.eu