Esteesee: Newsletter and Pre-Orders

Hello friends, fans and family!

Wow... I really can't believe it's that time of year again already, but I'm back in the studio to start recording my next album.

I've got to get quite a lot done before Steve Knightley (!) and Patsy Reid (!!) turn up to add their parts... oh wow! This is going to be amazing!!

So, the big news is:

I'm now taking pre-orders for 'esteesee'. There are several different pre-order options available... and most of them are only available in limited quantities (so you might want to be quite quick).

The official release date for the album is October 4th 2015... but by pre-ordering you can choose to get it 2 weeks early, and a limited number of people can even get it 2 months (!!) early.

There's also various options for handwritten lyric sheets, signed copies of the books I used for research... and a variety of other very limited goodies.

So what's this new album about then?

In case you've missed it: my new album is a project album based on the life and work of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the songs for this project were written with the support of public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

I wrote the 14 tracks for esteesee in January. 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.

I still can't quite believe the quality of the guest musicians I've managed to line up for this album!

Steve Knightley ("Show of Hands") providing guest vocals
Patsy Reid (founding member of "Breabach") on fiddle, viola and cello
Lukas Drinkwater back on double bass
Alex Cumming back on accordion
Jonny Dyer on the piano
Jo May providing percussion again
Andrew Pearce on the drums
Kate Rouse as the damsel with the hammered dulcimer
Steve Pledger on backing vocals
poetry readings from David Milton (the Watchet town crier) and Tamsin Rosewell (broadcaster, artist, and super lovely lady!).

The provisional track listing looks a little like this:

The Foster-Mother's Tale
My Captain
The Curse of a Dead Man's Eye
William Frend
Epitaph on an Infant
Kubla Khan
Friends of Three
Mother You Will Rue Me
Might is in the mind
Along the Coleridge Way
Elegy for Coleridge

Posted by Ange Hardy on March 24th 2015

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