Hello everyone! I am back from my ramblings across the country, more about which anon, with some good news for you all! There and Back Again’s debut CD is now available, from our Bandcamp page or by post (more details here).
For those of you who haven’t explored that part of my site, There and Back Again is one of the groups with whom I perform. We are a folk piano trio, probably the only one in existence, comprising Piano (me), Whistle (Yarden Brody) and Cello (Pip Ash). We play music mostly from the British Isles, using semi-improvised arrangements developed over time. We use no written music and none of our arrangements have been written down.
Last September we recorded a CD in Edgware, using the services of a friend of ours, Ross Henrywood. Unfortunately finals got in the way somewhat, as all three of us and Ross were in our final year, so the CD didn’t get produced until this month and was just about ready in time for our album launch at Broadstairs Folk Week. We had a fantastic time at Broadstairs by the way, playing four gigs and selling lots of CDs (but not all of them).
The album features modern folk tunes and traditional tunes, as well as one classical tune (the incomparable Linden Lea). We have a Playford tune, pipe tunes, fiddle tunes and even an Australian tune. I hope that you will enjoy listening to it (which you can do for free on Bandcamp) and that you will like it enough that you will want to buy it. I am quite happy with it, there are some wonderful bits of interplay between instruments, something which I love listening to and why I particularly enjoy performing with the group.
I have taken the decision to put the album up on Bandcamp because I agree thoroughly with the guiding principles of that service. Regular hypothetical readers will be aware that I have talked in the past not once, but twice about music copyright – Bandcamp has the right idea. They think that people want to listen to music before they buy it, so they allow them to do so, whilst retaining control. So you can stream music for free, but have to pay to download. This is a very sensible compromise. Their hosting fees are also very reasonable and transparent. I am proud to display the Bandcamp logo at the bottom of this page.
There and Back Again is a fantastic thing to be part of, so it saddens me that we won’t be able to gig until 2013 – our lives are chaotic enough at the moment that we aren’t accepting bookings until we know what we will be doing. But we will be continuing post-graduation, so look out for us at festivals and clubs next year. Everything that I perform with is unique as far as I am concerned – even the four ceilidh bands that I’ve played with this year have been distinctive in their own way. There and Back Again is no different – when it works it is an unbelievable musical experience. Hopefully some of that has come across in our CD.
However, it is my unpleasant and embarrassing duty to point out that there are, shock horror, three mistakes in the liner notes, which were my responsibility. Most seriously, track 5 is erroneously presented as Dudley Drive/Donegal Lass, when it should actually be Donegal Lass/Dudley Drive. I have however correctly stated that Donegal Lass is by Brian Finnegan and Dudley Drive by Jarlath Henderson, and I apologise unreservedly to both Brian and Jarlath for that mistreatment. Next, the back of the case states that the first track is made up of Missing Time/Amorous Lover/Good Drying, when it should actually be Good Drying/Amorous Lover/Missing Time. This is presented correctly in the booklet. Lastly and most embarrassingly, on the back page of the booklet, my name is spelt “Owen Wood”, rather than “Owen Woods”. So there you go, I can’t even type my own name right, and they trusted me with the notes for a CD.
Mistakes notwithstanding, I do hope that you enjoy the CD. It’s been a fun two and a half years with There and Back Again, hope that there are many more to come. And, of course, it would be nice to make a profit to fund the next box, so please do buy it!
EDIT: My good friend Ollie King has gleefully pointed out that there was an error in the errors. This has now been retcifeid.