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:

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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!


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As a guitarist and a songwriter I’ve been been influenced by many different styles of traditional folk music from around the world. Two of the main schools of influence through which I eventually found my own way of writing were the folk music traditions of England, Scotland and Ireland and those of West Africa, more specifically Mali. In the early nineties, I came across the music of Martin Carthy and Davey Graham at around the same time that I discovered the Malian greats, Boubacar Traore and Ali Farka Toure. As incongruous as it might be to compare the musical equivalent of a frosty winter morning on an English moor with that of sweltering afternoon on the Niger Delta, I’ve always felt there were endless points of comparison between the two worlds. I began my side project The River, with the Malian master N’goni player, Badje Tounkara and French guitarist Seb Martel in order to deepen this profoundly complementary dialogue.

Being the descendant of Italian, Irish, Ashkenazi and Gypsy immigrants, I don’t have a big claim to represent British or Irish Folk traditions any more than I do those of West Africa but what I do feel I can stake a claim to is the right to blend styles just as my blood has been blended with the trace of so many different languages. I’ve written several songs both for my own albums and for The River that explore the dialogue between northern European Folk and West African traditions but I wanted for the ongoing Vol II of Songs I love to find a cover that I could play with in the same way. Much has been made of the links between Mississippi blues and Mali but I find the ties between certain aspects of British and Irish and Malian folk to be just as strong. Martin Carthy is one of my all time favorite guitar players, I played Badje Tounkara his version of Cold haily, windy night and Badje said.”On dirait la musique de chez nous” “It sounds like music from my country”

With Kitty I’ll go is a wonderful song that I first heard sung by the extraordinary Norma Waterson. I fell in love with it when I discovered Waterson Carthy’s first album. Reading Martin Carthy’s original liner notes, I found out that it was an Irish song and that there is also a version in Gaelic. I live in the hills of the Cevennes, in a land that I left London for in order to ‘ramble over the mountains wild.’ so singing these wonderful words feels like a perfect match!

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Jenny Lysander’s LIGHTHOUSE EP out now

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Jenny Lysander’s debut EP ‘Lighthouse’ is out now!

I hope you’ll enjoy Jenny’s music as much as I do. I was drawn to her songs from the first moment I heard her demos. Behind the delicate arpeggios I heard a true and rare poetic voice and one whose words and melodies I’ve fallen in love with ever since. I’m overjoyed that Beating Drum is the first label to be publishing Jenny’s songs and I feel privileged to be taking up the role of producing and arranging her beautiful writing!


J’espère que vous allez apprécier la musique de Jenny autant que moi. J’ai été captivé par ses chansons à la minute où j’ai découvert ses démos. Au-delà des arpèges délicats, j’ai reconnu la poésie rare d’une voix authentique, dont les mots et les mélodies ont agi sur moi comme un coup de foudre. Je suis ravi que Beating Drum soit le premier label à publier les chansons de Jenny et c’est pour moi un privilège d’arranger et de produire cette si belle écriture!




Jenny Lysander was born in 1993 and has been writing songs and playing the guitar since the age of thirteen. She currently lives in Stockholm, where between travelling and playing, is studying Chinese philosophy. Jenny’s music has an eerie other worldliness to it, her songs like the bare Nordic shores that she hails from, depict the cold blue horizons of unknown internal landscapes, where a winter sun rises briefly before setting once more. Melancholy and delicate, they breathe nonetheless the hope and courage that comes from staring a hard truth in the eyes.


Née en 1993, Jenny Lysander écrit des chansons et joue de la guitare depuis l’âge de 13 ans. Elle vit actuellement à Stockholm, où elle partage son temps entre la musique, l’étude de la philosophie chinoise, et les voyages. L’univers musical de Jenny est à la fois mystérieux et sophistiqué. A l’instar des côtes Nordiques dénudées de ses origines, ses chansons décrivent l’horizon bleu et froid de paysages intérieurs où un soleil d’hiver passe rapidement avant de disparaître à nouveau. Cette délicate mélancolie respire néanmoins l’espoir et le courage que l’on ressent à regarder la vérité nue au fond des yeux.



You can purchase the EP on iTunesAmazonMP3GooglePlayQobuz etc., or stream it via Spotify or Deezer, but if you’re more about physical you should check out on our shop for the lovely collector object we’ve designed…


It’s an original sleeve designed by Olivier Carrie using colorplan white frost paper. The packaging and design was inspired by a Factory Records release in the early 80’s.
The whole package will be sent out in customized Kraft envelope with an original Beating Drum printed seal. It also comes with an original short story written by Jenny Lysander.
The purchase of the CD includes the instant download of the full 4-track EP in high quality MP3. We ship worldwide and fast!



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