Hmmm. Well I am very sorry to have to say seemingly my album, ‘Newborn Creatures‘ will now not be released in its current incarnation. Lee Fletcher and Markus Reuter have decided to remove my songwords and my vocals and artwork and anything to do with me from the recording. I do not know what they intend to do with what is left, but they have stated that they intend to release my album without me in some form and at some point in the future.
Well now. It was a Grey October Day here this morning so it seems a good day to tell you that the song will be available as a digital single on iTunes on 31st October 2011. It can be pre-ordered from here.. there are four versions – the album track, the radio edit, and two remixed versions. Just for fun
"Harpsong" won a Hancock Award for Best Original Song in 2010, and I was given the award at the bar at this year’s Fairport’s Cropredy Convention. It took that long because I haven’t done any live gigs where it could be presented. I was obviously really delighted to finally get my hands on it and accepted it on behalf of myself, Alistair Murphy and Tim Bowness who between us created the song
Well the news is that hopefully Newborn Creatures will be released in June 2011… here’s a picture of the cover, the artwork has been created by Catherine Hyde and is fabulous
Partially co-written by Lee Fletcher who also produced and mixed the album and partially co-written by Markus Reuter both of whom played on all the tracks, and with contributions by, amongst others, Steve Bingham, Alan Burton, Luca Calabrese, BJ Cole, and many brilliant others, (there’s a list on Lee’s website) it sounds gorgeous, - one cover of a Scott Walker Song and the rest self penned and co-written. I am really looking forward to sending it out into the world..
2010!!! Good grief.. where did last year go?
Well I’ll tell you. 3 very special things happened.
The first was that my beautiful grand-daughter Freya was born in May..
The second thing was that I performed with Fairport at the Barbican in July. A sell-out concert based around the first five Fairport albums and part of the Witchseason Weekend Concerts. I had the wonderful task of introducing the first lineup with whom I sang and played autoharp on several songs, then bowed out gracefully as the lineups changed and sang from the other albums, culminating in a magnificent Meet On The Ledge..
The ‘Fragile’ ep songs, recently released on vinyl, are now available on iTunes..
The songs are ‘Fragile’, ‘Waiting’ and ‘Sparkling’ all co-written with me and produced by Alistair Murphy and Tim Bowness, and with beautiful contributions from Sand Snowman on ‘Fragile’ and ‘Sparkling’
I do hope you enjoy them
There are still a very few of the Fragile vinyl eps left and you can buy one from here
and this is what it looks like
Cold and wintry here, but not much snow. Hope you are all keeping warm
I had to have yet another spine op on a stupid squinched disc, so I have been a bit out of action lately, but all is recovering slowly and things should now start to happen again. In fact the world of Jude seems to have been full of not-very-wellnesses and falling-apartnesses for the last few months- not only me but other vital ‘cogs’ in the machine have also been suffering. So stuff that should have happened hasn’t. In fact it has been a really silly year all round.
This should now be on it’s way to all those that have ordered it.. I haven’t got my copy yet so I hope it looks ok!
- GREY OCTOBER DAY single and remixes