Two Songs from my album with Vincent Segal ‘Songs of Time Lost’ filmed and recorded by the Blogotheque in the Cevennes in the Romanesque Church of Cezas.
The exciting news I have to share with you today is the album Songs of Time Lost that I recorded with my good friend Vincent Segal is out in France. It’ll be released in most other countries on Sept 15th however the U.S release on Six Degrees is on the 14th October and for the UK, the 10th of November.
Vincent and I met in Paris in the late 1980s and we’ve been friends ever since and even though we’ve collaborated so much over the years, Songs of Time Lost is our first joint album. It was recorded in three different places in the Cevennes where I live: a family home, a cellar on a wine estate and a Romanesque chapel hidden away in the forest. Using voice, guitar and cello – and sung in a variety of languages from English to Neapolitan dialect and Creole – the album brings together our original compositions, traditionals and some covers.
Album out now:
I first heard this song on my favourite Pentangle album ´Solomon’s seal’. I read later that it was Anne Brigg´s beautiful a cappella version recorded in 1971 that brought this jewel of a song to wider acclaim. Like much of the great English folk canon, this early C19th song blends a delicate and haunting melody with some stunning poetry.
My friend, the South African guitarist and songwriter Nibs van der Spuy introduced me to Dick Gaughan’s masterpiece ‘Handful of Earth’ while we were on tour in South Africa a few years ago. If I had to pick my favourite version of The snows they melt the soonest, it would doubtless be Gaughan’s wonderfully intense and amost spoken rendition.
I live in the Cevennes in Southern France and during the Summer I organize acoustic concerts in the region. For each show, I share the stage with a different artist and friend. After Dawn Landes in May and Vincent Segal in June, I invited Nibs for July’s concert in the Romanesque chapel of Sainte Croix de Caderle. I took advantage of him staying for a couple of days at our home to record a version of The snows they melt the soonest, a song we both love!