HEAR MY VOICE – EP

My new EP is out today!

In 2018, I came up with the idea of releasing an EP vinyl series for my label, Beating Drum, in order to champion the kind of eclectic and talented artists the label meets and seeks out for their productions.

The EP collection called, HEAR MY VOICE, began with three distinct and original voices from around the world, the Neapolitan songwriter, GNUT, New Zealand songstress, TUi MAMAKI and the Trinidadian poet and singer, Roger Robinson under his Folk alias, HORSEDREAMER.

For the fourth EP in the collection and wishing to highlight the series more, I decided to release one of my own. For these four new songs, I found inspiration in the kind of British and North American folk that coloured my very first forays into songwriting and although I played and recorded most of the songs by myself, I was lucky to have the amazing American drummer Ken Coomer on two of the songs as well as my long time collaborator Lucas Suarez write beautiful string arrangements.

You can order the vinyl (100 first copies are signed) HERE
Stream the EP on Spotify, Apple, Deezer etc. HERE

To get the full 4x EP Hear My Voice collection, it’s HERE

Hope Dreams

Here’s my new song Hope Dreams, enjoy!!
The video was drawn entirely by hand.

Hope Dreams is the first single taken from my Ep, Hear My Voice, out November 15th.

You can also pre-order the limited edition vinyl ep on my label, Beating Drum’s bandcamp page and for those of you interested in supporting the label, check out our new subscription!

Just go there for more informations: https://beating-drum.bandcamp.com/

SONGWRITING WORKSHOP

This summer, I’ll be leading a four day songwriting workshop in the beautiful setting and acoustics of the Romanesque church of St Jean de Bueges in the south of France near my home.

Having received a huge amount of applications, the workshop, open to singer-songwriters and songwriters with experience in lyric writing and/or song composition is now full up. To hear about future songwriting workshops that I’ll be leading, you can sign up to my newsletter.

Songs I Love #24: My Heart Is In The Highlands ft. Gregory Dargent

The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s musical arrangement of the poem ”My Heart’s in the Highlands” by Scottish poet Robert Burns for countertenor, organ and bagpipes is without doubt, one of the most haunting songs I’ve ever heard.
I was utterly spellbound the first time I heard the version recorded by the organist Stephen Layton and countertenor David James in 2003. Even without the music, the poem with its vivid picture of the Scottish highlands is majestic enough but with Pärt’s masterful composition, it becomes the song of a universal longing to return home and seems to speak to all of us, whether we come from the mountain, the desert or the sea.

I’ve recently been collaborating with guitarist and oud player Gregory Dargent and chatting one day about what we could play together, we realised we were both unconditional Arvo Pärt fans. Being mostly for choir or orchestra, there’s not much of Pärt’s music that could work with just a voice and guitar but ”My Heart’s in the Highlands” seemed a perfect piece to try and paint as if it were a timeless, traditional folk song.

GERMANY TOUR – Autumn 18

Tomorrow Is the first night of our German tour, we’ll be starting up in Munich at Milla – Live Club ! We’ll also be playing Erfurt, Karslsruhe, Stuttgart, Hannover, Berlin and Hamburg !! See you there!

Ici-bas – Les mélodies de Fauré

Cet été j’ai participé au concert de clôture du Festival d’Avignon dans la Cour des Papes, avec le groupe BAUM pour leur projet “Ici-bas – Les mélodies de Fauré”.
Me voici chantant Verlaine sur une musique sublime de Gabriel Fauré… En tant qu’anglais je me sens honoré de pouvoir chanter ce genre de répertoire et de mêler ma voix à ces géants de la culture française.

Le double album ‘ici bas’ de BAUM sera disponible le 09 Novembre chez Sony Classical. Vous y retrouverez cette chanson mais aussi d’autres relectures de Fauré avec Etienne Daho, Dominique A, Rosemary Standley, Philippe Katerine, Sandra N Kaké, Jeanne Added, Camille et bien d’autres..

L’album en pré-commande: https://Baum.lnk.to/IciBasAY

This summer I took part in a performance at the beautiful Cour des Papes in Festival d’Avignon, with the group BAUM and a prestigious entourage of singers, singing the exquisite melodies of the French composer Gabriel Fauré to texts by the poet Verlaine..

The album ‘ici bas’ by BAUM is out the 9th November. You can hear the recorded version of the song and also songs by Fauré, featuring the singers, Etienne Daho, Dominique A, Rosemary Standley, Hugh Coltman, Philippe Katerine, Jean-Pierre Nataf, Sandra N Kaké, Jeanne Added, Camille and many others