Terry Conway – Haydon Bridge Sessions

The Haydon Bridge SessionsTerry Conway was a simply wonderful singer and an outstanding composer, he died in 2013 at the age of 66. Terry had an amazing way with words and his songs cover a wide breadth of subjects from local characters to world events; often including philosophy & comedy. Last night there was a celebration of his music at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham and in conjunction with this, a CD re-issue of Terry’s 1992 tape “The Haydon Bridge Sessions” was launched. The recording is excellent and is must have for anyone who remembers Terry or wants to hear his work. All the proceeds from the recording are also going towards Mesothelioma UK.

Here’s a track listing:

  1. Albatross
  2. Early Rising Bird
  3. Jemima
  4. Soft Easy Words
  5. Hawkhope Hill
  6. Midsummer Blue
  7. Cloudie
  8. Eve of St John
  9. Cowboy Song
  10. The Falcon
  11. Enrico Fermi
  12. Lady Fortune
  13. Darker Days Than This
  14. Julie
  15. Eastern Allan Runs
  16. Day Dreaming Girl (Bonus Track)

You can get a copy of the Haydon Bridge Sessions via Core Music or Gojo in Hexham – they will also have Terry’s later recordings with Liz Law; Premier(2001) and Of Riots & Rabbits (2008)

Welcome to the Dene

Welcome to the DeneOver the last few years I’ve been dematerialising all of my CDs, tapes & LPs and putting them on to a media server. Aside from being a wonderful way of finding things you’d forgotten about, it also means that I can access a lot of old recordings that have never been made available in digital formats.

One of the tapes I’ve been protecting and hence listened to sparingly over the years was ‘Welcome to the Dene’ – a full length recording of legendary Northumbrian fiddler Willie Taylor that is sadly now completely unavailable. Having added it to my library; the biggest challenge was to get the album cover – I’ve managed to find images for all but a handful of my older recordings online – and I did draw a blank with this one. So here’s a decent scan of the front (squared) and a full scan of the insert for anyone else who is looking for it.

Welcome To The Dene - Tape Insert

Autumn – Traditional Music Concerts

Autumn is traditional music season in Northumberland – there are always a whole slew of events from September through to December. Here’s a selection:

  • September 25th – Songs of Terry Conway @ Queens Hall, Hexham – a quite wonderful selection of artistes have come forward to sing a celebration of one of the best songwriters I have ever known
  • October 9th – Northumbrian Variety Concert @ Elsdon – the incomparable Bob Bolam is compering this village concert with a great local line-up Contact Me for more details
  • December 6th – Jimmy Little (Mouthorgan) is hosting a CD launch concert at the Coquetdale Music Trust in Thropton