Let it Storm. Rain & Lightning can’t spoil May shows!
We have just enjoyed a couple of super fun shows in Oxford showcasing some new material and revelling in the buzz of playing live together again!
The inaugural Day of the Deadbeats festival at the Isis farmhouse was surely more than hosts, headliners and album launching heroes The Deadbeat Apostles could have hoped for.
Some heavy May showers brought an eager audience closer to the action and we felt a great rapport with those crammed in front of us as we ran through a set featuring tracks from our upcoming album Trials of the apple isle & brand new songs rustled up in the last couple of months.
The Uncommon stage at Common people festival in South park offered up a cavernous big top that seemed to fill up before our eyes as we blasted through the same set on a Lightning lit Bank holiday Sunday.
The stage sound was so throbbing and omnipresent Dava couldn’t hear a note he was blowing on the harmonica and ceded his solo on Fiji time safe in the knowledge that Ben would reach dizzy heights on his electric Fender violin! Check it out in the video below and then watch the show finale double header of DeadWeight & Let it Storm.
Let it storm is being readied now as our next single release. You can next catch us on August 25th at Towersey Folk Festival. Till then.
Shadow Cast is the first song from our currently in production second LP and is complemented by our debut music video!
Created by our multi-talented bassist Ryan Quarterman and aided by the equally multi-talented Martin Child of Oxford super band the August List, it brings to life the emotional resonance of a song that charts the aftermath of the death of a true friend.
While one song cannot hope to capture the depth of feeling that is being experienced by all those affected it was for me both cathartic and healing to co-write this song.
Garry had come to visit at the cottage we were living in last spring and during the course of the evening played a beautifully shaped and crafted piece of music on the resonator guitar that immediately put me in the mind and heart space to contribute lyrics.
His refrain ‘Just another rolling stone’ had multiple meanings for me in that moment and it was a case of sitting down and quickly writing how I felt while listening to him play it over a few times. The ‘chorus’ lyrics took a few more days of dropping into thought as I knew it had to really define the song.
When we laid it down as a guitar and vocal in the studio we had a few ideas about how the arrangement & instrumentation might develop but it sounded so complete that we added only the beautiful soaring swell of Ben’s violin and Richard’s harmonium chords.
So Shadow Cast is the first chapter of the bands next musical journey, a journey we look forward to sharing with you over the coming months on stage and on record!
Shadow Cast is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Rdio, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube, Microsoft Groove, MediaNet…
‘An oft heard phrase in the islands that refers to the fact that things will happen when they happen, not before or after and hence there is little point worrying otherwise!’
‘An epic song by The Great Western Tears reported to be appearing on their second LP’
This is the true tale of how I met two of the greatest friends of my life on the tiny island of Wayalaila long far ago in the mists of Fiji time.
Plied with an endless supply of peppery brown Kava fuel we laughed and talked our way in to each others hearts, and there we would continue to live, though hemispheres would stand between us in times to come. This is the start of the story that took me to the Great Western Tiers and on to the Great Western Tears and beyond. One of the most influential crossroads of my spirit journey. Enjoy!
Time has come to team back up with master producer Richard Neuberg and begin the second phase of the bands journey in to the mystic.
Garry and Dava will be spending the day at Strawhouse studio on Monday the 14th August recording the acoustic tracks for the next record.
Feverish work continues with the band in preparation for tracking the bigger songs in the autumn. We are a little excited about sharing this set of songs with you all when the time is right, Fiji time that is!
As well as making some acoustic forays with the Tales from Tallows material, we have just played a set at Cornbury festival with a special extended band line up. We’ll be taking this full band show to BBC Countryfile live on August 6th and Towersey Folk festival on August 28th.
The set featured mostly new material written for our second LP which will begin production in the near future back at Strawhouse studios.
‘Let it storm’ is a bold statement that see’s us exploring darker folk landscapes.. Watch and Enjoy!