The latest updates:
The new album
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Twelve songs, which, like the astrolabe of the title track, measure time and space. One song written in 1970, another written in 2019. A ring found at the Roman archaeological site of Vindolanda, a box of memorabilia belonging to a grandmother, a WWI battle, an olive branch for a former lover, the near-death experience of rats, a farewell to a dear friend, and an angel in the form of a starving polar bear. Amongst others.
Musicians and allies involved were Mike O’Connor, Barbara Griggs, Matt Crum, Steafan Hannigan, Mary McLaughlin, Helen Vincent-Tibke, Steve Purbrick, with studio engineers Liv Elliott in Boscastle, Dylan Fowler in Stiwdio Felin Fach, and Anne’s very talented nephew Rhys Fletcher, who mixed four songs and mastered the whole album.
The recording of “Astrolabe” has been delayed by a number of factors, including the sad loss of Liv Elliott, and by Anne’s PhD research on Jaufre. It was made possible by the enormous generosity of John Bedford, a long-term supporter of Anne’s music. A difficult and long process, but we hope it’s been worth the wait.
Release date: 28 December 2019. Also available from Bandcamp
I’m excited to learn that Rocco Rosignoli, a fine writer, singer and musician from Italy, has recorded his translation of Icarus on his forthcoming album. He’s made a beautiful job of both the translation and his performance of my song, keeping close to the meaning and emotions. Take a look at his website: www.roccorosignoli.com
I am now looking for opportunities to sing, and to tell my stories (particularly Jaufre, of course, but other stories as well, and of course I have some tried and tested storytelling workshops to offer). Because I’ve had my head in my books for so long there’s not a lot in the diary at the moment, but I will add dates here as and when they are arranged. Folk clubs, storytelling clubs, house concerts, festivals, book shop events ... please let me know if you have any suggestions.
We have redesigned the shop on this website, where you can find most of my albums as CDs. There are also download cards, carrying a code enabling the download of the entire album, and these are available for Spreading Rings (which is otherwise unavailable now in physical format), A Flame in Avalon and A Twist in the Story. They slip easily inside a birthday or Christmas card and would make great stocking fillers! Just £5.00 each including p&p or £12.00 for three.
Something else to watch out for: Anne's song "Stone Circles" has been arranged for four part harmony and is available from Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc. in California. There are some YouTube videos available to show choirs performing it, so if you know of a choir which may be interested please point them in the direction of the publisher at www.sbmp.com!
My first novel, Slipping Through the Cracks, is available on Amazon. Now that the thesis is out of the way I am intending to complete work on its sequel, as well as a mostly-finished separate novel. More details on these as I get further into the projects!