An update on the new album 'esteesee'

Studio time for my fourth album esteesee (pronounced ‘S T C’, the initials of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge) is now booked along with a roster of guest musicians that includes Patsy Reid on fiddle, voila and cello, Lukas Drinkwater on double bass, Alex Cummings on accordion, Jo May providing percussion, Kate Rouse as the damsel with the hammered dulcimer, Steve Pledger on backing vocals and a special guest appearance from David Milton, the Watchet town crier.

The songs for this project are being written with the support of public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, who have supported me with grant funding to write and present an evening of music inspired by the life and work of Coleridge, with plans in place to tour the evening over 14 nights along the route of The Coleridge Way in October 2015 (somehow we seem to have scheduled this for 14 continuous nights though... so that's going to be fun!). The venues for the route are still being mapped out; but the tour will start in Nether Stowey and end at the gorgeous Lynmouth Pavilion. The hugely talented and beautifully lovely Lukas Drinkwater will provide backing vocals, double bass, and guitar during the tour.

The 14 tracks for esteesee were all written for this project in the month of January 2015... I finished writing the last one yesterday.

They include songs inspired by Coleridge’s relationships with friends, family and acquaintances, verses of his poetry set to music, new songs inspired by his characters and stories, and even tales based on fragments of his dinner table conversations.

The provisional track listing is now taking shape, for those of you who are interested: 

  1. The Foster-Mother’s Tale
  2. My Captain
  3. The Curse of a Dead Man’s Eye
  4. Friends of Three
  5. George
  6. Along the Coleridge Way
  7. Might is in the Mind
  8. William Frend
  9. Epitaph on an Infant
  10. Pantisocracy
  11. Mother You Shall Rue Me
  12. Kubla Khan
  13. Esteesee
  14. Elegy for Coleridge

The album will be launched shortly ahead of the October tour.

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Posted by Ange Hardy on February 4th 2015

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