Music

No folk music website would be complete without a music page of music, please scroll on for information regarding various artists who attend the Saltburn Club and also have recorded material, available on their respective websites etc. If you are an attendee of the club and would like your music featured here please get in touch, if you have recorded material we can feature you, such as albums and links etc, and also, if you don’t have recordings available we can record you at no cost.

I know that whilst being on the folk scene for a short time now there are many great undiscovered performers, a lot of which do not have recorded material, or even have ever been recorded, this is a shame and I hope this page goes someway, in Saltburn Folk Club’s terms, to reconciling that ... We are hoping to compile the first Saltburn Folk Club album sometime in the future, this project is in progress, we are hoping to record performers who have come to the club in recent years ... details will be included as and when, if you would like to be featured on the cd please let us know. If you are interested in any of these artists' cds, a selection of albums is available at the club on monday nights, or alternatively feel free to contact us through the website or our facebook page.

Current Features

Ronnie Brown

Poverty Lane - The Tempest Prognosticator

The Tempest... what? The somewhat strange and intriguing title of Poverty Lane's third album will become apparent later.

The distinctive duo of Ronnie Brown, songsmith, vocals and harmonicas with Paul Cornwall's excellent guitar work and harmonies is once again given that extra polish in the studio by Ian Sidgwick whose keyboards and orchestration swell the sound. Yet, from the original release 'Poverty Lane' through 'Trace' to 'The Tempest Prognosticator' a change in production can be heard. There's a shift of approach to a more minimal feel, which improves with every offering.

There is also a more varied mix of songs than Poverty Lane's previous outings. Nostalgic rememberances such as 'Just Like Heaven' are carefully balanced by more cutting edge songs like 'Roads from Damascus'. The latter stands out as a song of our times chiming with the recent Chilcot report on Iraq. I love Ian's city soundscape which this song is set in.

'The Notes of a Tune' is a catchy song, which grabs attention with every subsequent play. The passion of Ian's orchestration neatly underscores Ronnie's haunting harmonica. A pleasing addition is Barbara Helen whose beautiful harmonies soar on this collection.

All songs are written by Ronnie except 'Susan Glas', whose lovely lyrics are by his daughter Emily. With flute motif the piece has the depth and dreamlike quality of early Pink Floyd. Favourites on this album are the dark and dramatic 'Time is Now' with imagery reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe, the hymnal and very satisfying 'At the Concrete Cathedral' with its swirling organ intro and soaring harmonies from Ronnie, Paul and Barbara. It's a Poverty Lane classic!

Carolyne Locher's dramatic cover photo perfectly conveys the title track, 'The Tempest Prognosticator', a surreal and intriguing track of Ronnie's spoken verse given an unearthly atmospheric backing by Ian. It's a thrilling conclusion to the album based on a true tale from Victorian Whitby. The Tempest Prognosticator was a machine designed to foretell the weather powered by living leeches!

This is a great album; add it to your collection!

(Thanks for the fiver Ronnie!)

Mark Hadlett
18th August 2016

Tempest Prognosticator Front Cover
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Make Mine Poverty Lane!

“Trace” - Poverty Lane

Hot on the heels of the debut album comes the follow up, “Trace”. The first album must have been a great learning curve. Though “Poverty Lane” was excellent “Trace” is simultaneously more polished and also carried by a raw energy.

The songs, all by Ronnie Brown, are much stronger this time. (Which is actually saying something, as there wasn’t a weak track last time around.) It seems unfair to pick out particular songs but favourites include “Night Beach: Selina”, which has a haunting quality. It grows from the initial lapping of waves and cries of seabirds to Paul Cornwall’s gently played guitar. Paul also plays a beautiful tin whistle which adds extra character to the piece. Ian ‘Prof’ Sidgwick is on top form adding subdued strings and piano which suits the song perfectly.

“Rusty & the Owl” has a great rock feel and the drums are a welcome addition. The track really pulls you into the narrative. Another real stand out song is “The Big Combo: Make Mine Noir”. I found myself wanting to listen to this one over and over. The dark theme of the lyric is perfectly matched by the arrangement. Ronnie’s voice conveys the smoky sense of a dark monochrome world while Ian’s piano subtly sets the stage and builds the theme with powerful orchestration that never takes over.

The big hit of the album is “Avery Row”, with its nod back to the rock bands of the 70’s. It’s a fun lively song that tells of London’s lost waterways. For this special guest Steve Grainger (Culture Club) was brought on board to play an upbeat saxophone.

This was a much more difficult album to review. The songs are all strong in their own way, but very different to each other. The arrangements are also much more sympathetic to the lyrics.

A must have album – buy it!

Mark Hadlett
25th August 2015

Poverty Lane (2015)

Featuring the sublime songs of Ronnie Brown, Poverty Lane opens in striking style with The Sailor Deceived. Ronnie’s lead vocals and harmonicas are aided and abetted by Paul Cornwall. Paul’s intricate guitar work and uplifting harmonies give the tunes a musical magic. Ian ‘The Prof’ Sidgwick’s polished and extensive sounding keyboards and harmonies complete the picture.

Ronnie’s excellent songs colour the differing moods of the album. The very powerful The Open Hearth tells of the decline of local industry and its effect on the working people. The poignant Painting the Hours’ is an exquisite song that soars musically and a personal portrait of a friend.

From the exuberant Water Maiden with the great line ‘… the black leather jacket you borrowed from Mick…’ to the thoughtful and moving Mindings the album is a collection of nine gems. It is also a polished production engineered and mixed by Ian and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Geoff Pesche!

It was a project that I was very pleased to be able to work on, providing photography and artwork design. Consulting closely with Ronnie to work through designs was a very satisfying experience. From the creation of the photo – college logo to layout of lyrics on photographs of old slate it was a real pleasure.

Mark Hadlett
12th February 2015

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Stormcrow

Having followed Stormcrow’s album releases and some live performances over the years, I sneaked a preview copy of ‘Sacred Oddities’, their new album as of 2014. Again, in Stormcrow tradition, even before the album is out there, the songs are alive and well to people who hear them: ‘Saturnalia’, ‘Curious Day’, ‘Imbolc’, ‘Merman Of Skinningrove’ and ‘Northern Desolation’ have featured occasionally in their set lists. However, it would be a mistake to presume to know how these songs would be treated on an album, in fact, they have grown and developed further from Mark and Amanda’s duo performances. A regular feature to their albums is guest performances, this one in particular featuring no less than eight musicians and also an orator for the tongue in cheek 'House Of Lords’. With such variety in instrumentation, it is clear the songs would expand, and true to the title of the album, there is indeed a strange, almost haunting quality to this album, something indeed different compared to previous Stormcrow albums.

Mark and Amanda's production skills are certainly of note, a very smooth feel throughout, balanced and mixed nicely, though not too obvious, there is subtlety and feel to the decisions they are making with each song. With the quality of production as a backdrop, both Mark and Amanda’s delivery do the songs justice, interchanging between lead vocals, a very accomplished rhythm guitar player, Mark experiments well with different guitars and their sounds. And as well as trying something different with this album, beginning with the deep overtones of 'Saturnalia’, the album finishing with, what I believe, is Stormcrow’s first a cappella piece, 'Goddess Tree’ which showcases Amanda’s hold on vocal delivery. Also of note is the guest performances, a new feature to Stormcrow’s release is the bass, a deep rhythmic yet sometimes floaty, dreamy sound, much credit to Guy Cuthbert. Moira Clarke’s Melodian and Recorders suit the style of songs and the overall sound and Sharon Lashley’s violin really sings. Mark has achieved getting the best out of the guest performances which also include Ian Swinburne, Sam Stelling, Nick Emery, Sara Dennis, Dave Brunskill and Ronnie Brown. Expect to be taken on a different kind of journey, one with a nod to the Pagan, spiritual rites of life and stories to make you wonder.

Sacred Oddities (2014)

Sacred Oddities

Stormcrow have launched consecutive albums annually since 2011‘s ‘Tales Of The Crow’. After admittedly the learning process of 2009’s ‘Behind The Mask’ Mark and Amanda have gone onto master the art of production, and the art of the album. Some may argue that the days of the ‘album’ are long gone due to streaming, downloading and such sites as You Tube, however, this argument is clearly countered by such works as Stormcrow’s releases between 2011 and 2014, let alone earlier incarnations. ‘Crow’s Nest’ from 2013 is such an example. To put a Stormcrow album on, you are showing a willingness to go on a journey, with each album taking you on different paths, from start to finish, a landscape you are willing to walk with them on. With Stormcrow’s repertoire we have encountered demons, dragons, witches and werewolves, now we find ourselves amidst Pirates! Evidently a long interest for Stormcrow, just seeing some of their performance outfits you will see the love they both have of this genre and corner of history. Whilst performing, Stormcow weave a stripped down lively sound of Mark Hadlett on rhythm guitar and vocal interchanging with Amanda Hadlett on vocals, sometimes on djembe, however, their album sound is somewhat different: Bringing in local singers and musicians, their albums have become well known for colourful recordings, since 'Tales Of The Crow’ the guest performers have grown, this album is no exception to this variety.

The album kicks off in reminiscent Stormcrow fashion with the upbeat and unwavering 'Lure Of The Sea’, a unique and powerfully satisfying song of adventure with almost a gesture to the days of sea shanties. And the adventure begins, taking us to the high seas of old, Stormcrow are both beginning the story, and also the album, for the listener to be taken away. Stormcrow often air their soon to be released songs, sometimes quite sometime before, with songs from upcoming locally launched cds, this can be said of the catchy and under the skin favourite 'A Curious Case Of Murder’; 'It was a curious case of murder ... softened by inherited wealth’. There is a real feeling of age, intertwined with local history and stories from further afield, a genuine respect of the sound and feel of both content and music, Amanda Hadlett’s distinctively strong vocals brings words and meanings to life through buoyant, and sometimes hauntingly acoustic folk and folk-rock songs of this album, and others. 'For The Price Of A Drink’ I feel could have been penned three hundred years ago in a time of taverns, horses, carts and ale swigging. This album in my opinion is a gem amongst the Stormcrow albums and I would heartily recommend anyone who enjoys Stormcrow to pick up a copy.

Crow's Nest (2013)

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Ian Tyzack

Having caught Ian’s act occasionally over the past few years, it was a pleasure to hear of
Ian’s new cd ‘Out Of The Blue’ which I believe is a début release, containing 13 songs. This album is a concise collection, many of the tracks having stood out as regular highlights for Ian’s set lists. Ian brings a sensitive, gentle arrangement of other artists’ songs, such as the sweet ‘Yellow Hair’ by Jez Lowe, John Conolly’s catchy and irresistible ‘Punch & Judy Man’and the famous ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes’ by Sandy Denny, which Ian captures with his own style and delivery - though, as with his performances, Ian doesn’t fail to make these songs his own. Aswell as covering folk songs by other artists, both local and elsewhere, Ian includes four of his own compositions, which also stand strong amongst the other work, the titles are ‘Tayport Harbour’, ‘Turn The Wheels’, ‘Dundee Whaler’ and a co-written song with Vince Parker; ‘Red Petals’. Ian is a welcome sight locally and always a pleasure to hear, a softly sung voice and delicate guitar playing, which I have noted is often quite intricate. An acoustic album, 'Out Of The Blue’ captures Ian’s performances with a simple plaintive sound by Bob Fortune and this creates a real atmosphere of time and song.

Out Of The Blue (2013)

Out Of The Blue

Steve Dagleish

Upcoming Features

Blue Sun

Sam Coles and Graham Brotton have gained a favourable reputation for their live work as ‘Blue Sun’ since they first began performing together some years ago. I was surprised to hear that they hadn’t actually recorded their songs together before, however their début album will be made available soon; the production has taken time and effort, working with a local producer for over a year now, Sam and Graham are looking forward to releasing the cd to awaiting followers of their work. Watch this space for a feature when I have the album.

BLUE SUN

Guy Cuthbert

Walking The Red Road

Tony Morris

Always moving forward, Tony Morris has been busy at work with new songs recently, his recently released 4 Ep set titled 'The Songs Of Tony Morris' includes some of these new songs. Although Tony often performs in traditional style accapela, he is really breaking the boundaries of modern folk music, some examples can be found on his new release, such as the bouncy 'Rattling', a tune re-invented from his previous 'Heather On The Moor', there's also the sincere 'John Hogson's White Horse Song' and there's often a lot of humour with 'Whitby Polar Bear' and 'Fry Up', which to hear is very amusing and even laugh out loud funny! 'Baby Farms' sounded authentically from out of America.

With such variety in his lyrics and tunes, this new 4 Ep set shows Tony's versatility as a writer and singer. Tony is a true entertainer with topical songs and you really have to see him live to appreciate his ongoing craft.

www.tonymorrispoet.com/

Tony Morris Hotspot

Dave Brunskill

Dave has been a regular performer to the club in recent years, he has become well known as a consistently strong performer and writer, often bringing new and previously unheard cover songs as well as remarkable original songs. Dave recently released his debut album, 'Stranger Than Strange', which is consistent and strong, there are mostly original songs, such as the title song performed with Sara Dennis on backing vocals. An acoustic album, it flows and spins stories with intricate guitar work with a relaxed, intimate delivery. Included on the album are such numbers as 'The Golden Line', 'The Journey' and his own interpretation of 'Man Of Constant Sorrow'.

Dave's second Album, 'Cradle Of Our Love' was finished in late 2012. This Album includes more original material and some classic songs such as 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow', 'Wonderful World', 'Summertime' and 'Blue Skies'.

http://facebook.com/brunskilldave

Stranger Than Strange Front Cover

Stormcrow

Stormcrow have been very active on the North East folk scene, with their prolific output and many performances under their belt, they released their latest album 'Cliffland' earlier this year. Already planning their next project, Stormcrow are again writing and recording, their next album promising to be a themed collection of pirate songs.

Commented as the heavy metal of folk, 'Cliffland' lives up to their status as writing original and unique songs. What has become a favourite amongst fans in the past year, 'Here Be Dragons' kicks off the album with a strong rhythmic sense and passionate vocals. As with 'Tales of the Crow', this album also feels like a 'greatest hits' album in that there aren't any fillers, each song is distinctly itself with guest appearences from local musicians performed and produced to a high standard. Watch this space for future news of their next album.

www.stormcrow-online.co.uk/

Cliffland Front Cover

Guy Cuthbert

Although Guy has written and performed since back in the early eighties, he has just released his debut album, something more formal than previous 'sessions' he handed out locally.

'Beneath Earth, Between Sky' contains mostly later gems from his back catalogue, from various recordings over the past ten years, it includes well known songs to the Saltburn Club, such as 'White Robe', 'Horse Messenger', 'Freebrough Hill' (also featured and re-invented on Stormcrow's latest album) and also the timeless sounding military songs such as 'Ballad Of The Bloody Backs' and the atmospheric and rhythmic 'Red Coats On The Hudson'.

The album is acoustic, in a true folk style with Guy's distinctive vocals and appropriate backing, Guy plays mandolin, bodhran and bass, bringing a subtle but full sound to the recordings.

We look forward to another release from Guy sometime in the future.

Beneath Earth Front Cover

Rich Fielding

Having come along to the club over the past year and a half, we have all much enjoyed Rich's performances. His style is kind of rhythm and blues, jazzy, with an American tilt to his vocals. Having written stand out songs, it is clear Rich is very talented, for example 'Fire' is a blast of passion and rhythm, also 'The Feet That Dance To The Moon' shows his feel for a modern twist to acoustic folk, contemporary yet steeped, I think, in an almost Southern American vibe.

Indeed, like an experienced blues player, Rich keeps his performances genuine and authentic. He is currently working on his debut album, which we look forward to featuring on this site in the future.

http://soundcloud.com/richardfielding

Rich Fielding Website

Sam Coles/Blue Sun

Exciting news from Sam and Graham Brotton (Blue Sun) is that they are currently recording a debut album, release date as yet unknown though there was also a mention of a double album of Sam's songs, included on this will be 'Angels & Demons' as featured on the club site front page media player.

An acoustic duo act, Blue Sun have yet to record an album, although they have been working together in recent years since Sam's appearance on the folk scene in the North East. Future news of their anticipated new album will be featured on this music page.

http://www.myspace.com/bluesun10

Blue Sun Website Image

Sara Dennis

Sara Dennis recently performed at the club at a hotspot, having visited the club over the past two years, she has become well known as a real vocal talent, writing distinct songs. Her latest album presents her gift for her music well, with various notable contributions including Simon Stephenson on acoustic guitar.

Performing often with Ukeleli, there is a sweetness and purity in hearing Sara perform, on 'Driftwood' this is contrasted with sometimes dark songs of love gone wrong, murder and intrigue and expansive folk tales. My favourite song on the album is the haunting 'A Ballad Of Swords & Shields', a song inspired by a recent series called 'Game Of Thrones', a song of another time, power struggles and themes of war and kingship.

http://www.saradennis.net

Driftwood Front Cover

Mimi O' Malley

Mimi has attended the club in recent years, she has a wealth of collaborations with other artists, this includes Sheffield's well known and popular Bison and her move to Saltburn and the successful A Giant's Cause.

Recently, Mimi has been involved in various projects, one of which is recording her debut album with a release date of sometime next year. Although Mimi's background originated in classical training; she plays piano, saxophone, clarinet & flute, she has recently picked up the guitar and is writing impressive and thought out songs with heartfelt melodic vocal delivery. There are many stand out songs, which she has been performing locally, such as 'Tie Me Down', 'Wild Eyed Young Lad' and 'Crescent Moon'. Come back for new updates in the future.

http://www.mimiomalley.com

Mimi O Malley Music Website

Dan Pettitt

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"After releasing a Bob Dylan cover album 'Ring Them Bells' and a retrospective cd 'Maverick Debutante' earlier this year, I am currently in the process of recording a concept album 'Life & Death In The Time Of Enki & Enlil'. I have now written the songs for the album, and am looking at a launch date in December, coinciding the release with the end of the Mayan calendar. The album will be essentially folk/folk-rock with an acoustic, organic feel, the songs centre around ancient mythology and there will also be an interviews cd with local people featured, mostly talking about their perspectives on themes raised in the album.

http://www.danielpettitt.com

Tony Morris

Trappy Lad
Rail Bridge
Flutes Tony Morris

First to be a featured on this brand new website, and a must I have to say, is the poet and singer Tony Morris, his instrumental music deserves recognition and praise, two of his albums for example, ‘Rail Bridge MWB 2/81’ and ‘Amerynd Flutes With Violin’ are completely unique and show the talent of this artist’s grasp on improvisational performance, one album even being performed across the region within local bridges.

‘Trappy Lad’ sounds like something written so earnestly and honestly and full of earth and passion, the songs are distinctly authentic, in an age of high tech commerciality and production, Tony's craft is of purity and straight delivery. Often commented by Saltburn Folk Club members as very interesting songs, his songs are matched by his performances. We look forward to future recordings from Tony.

www.tonymorrispoet.com/

Stormcrow

Stormcrow 2

Referenced in the recent work ‘Electric Eden’ Stormcrow have an impressive backlog of material with various line ups through the years – whilst just listening to their blood pumping ‘folk ‘n roll’ it’s clear they are more than just an entertaining duo (sometimes accompanied by Sam Coles).

Mark Hadlett, the writer of the majority of the songs, has penned many well known local songs performed at venues such as Acklam open mic, Loftus ‘The Station Hotel’ and also various festivals around the region. Accompanied by the passionate vocals of Amanda Hadlett, this duo are not to be missed. Having attended the club for some time now, they always bring something new and interesting as well as tried and tested hits under their belt.

www.stormcrow-online.co.uk/

Stone Circle Stormcrow
Chronicles
Celtic Twilight
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The Mask Stormcrow
Here Be Demons

Guy Cuthbert

A somewhat necessary inclusion in this section is the poet and folk master Guy Cuthbert, along with Tony Warren he is a leading member of Saltburn Folk Club, involved with The Original Alternative on sound production and also the general running and organisation of the club, Guy has attended the club for a number of years now.

Guy often accompanies himself on the silver jangle of a twelve string acoustic guitar, yet also sings unaccompanied and with a mandolin at times, with both jaunty old songs and sincere and rustic ballads from other times, Guy has also been known to recite poetry both original and by others. With a love of military history and song, he holds many red coat compositions of an authentic feel and structure I have often mistaken for traditional songs. Although he is hesitant to call the following recordings ‘albums’, he labels them more as sessions which he may combine with the highlights into a forthcoming album or two in 2012. I hope Guy forgives my inclusion of his recordings in this section, although I recognise that these recording sessions are not finished products, I will nonetheless highlight some of the tracks.

‘Dark Horse’: The first two numbers are acoustic and set the pace for a ‘best of’ kind of collection with ‘White Robe’ and ‘Horse Messenger’, with earthy voice and smooth guitar playing he continues into traditional sounding songs such as ‘Germanic Ocean’ and ‘Thunder Rolls’. The songs on ‘Dark Horse’ feel like they could have been penned from a bard in the 18th century, very austere, pure and otherworldly, carefully sung with old world themes and love of nature . ‘Bard-Self’: What strikes me about this session is the craft of Guy’s songs and the boldness of an unaccompanied album, he is constantly reinventing his own material, Guy captures ‘Sea Fret At Warset Hill’, ‘Germanic Ocean’ and ‘Seeking of the Grail’ – his songs are steeped in mythology and drama. Last but not least is ‘What I Did Today’: ‘Baden Hill’ sets the pace for a storming set of songs, Guy does not linger or overdo the songs, often less than 2 minutes long, the pace keeps up with a pop like approach to his original songs including a wealth of instrumentation such as mandolin, bodhran, bass and guitar.

Guy began singing in the nineteen eighties, joining various bands over the years, Guy now sings simply and in a stripped down format of voice or guitar/mandolin. Having journeyed through upbeat pop/rock and even punk with some beaty simple recordings representing early periods, it’s good to see Guy reinventing himself in the folk scene, getting back to the roots of his song, with a heritage of folk music performance and delivery, Guy is a true craftsman.

Guy Cuthbert

Dan Pettitt

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From The Streets To The Stars Front Cover website
Times A Getting Hard Front Cover website

"I have been a Saltburn Folk Club member for two years now, I perform locally with acoustic guitar: My work includes a compilation of my lyrics I endeavoured to finish late last year in 2010, and so have a lyrics book available online at amazon.com and The Artsbank. Other recent work includes 'Maverick Debutante', an ongoing project of my 'best' songs (if that's what you'd call them), titles include 'Above The Taj Mahal', 'Lemuria', 'Dancing Gypsy Child' and 'Times Like These'. I've asked local musicians, mostly from the club to appear on the record.

There's two more released projects including 'From The Streets To The Stars' which I hoped would be a double LP but it was too impractical, it's an acoustic album, I'm going back to my roots with this one, they're all recent songs. Also, there is a traditional folk album I've finished, just ordering copies now, this is 'Times A-Gettin' Hard' it is just me on guitar and features my arrangements of traditional folk songs. I have also finished two earlier projects: 'The Machine' and 'Mystical Dream' both have local artists from Saltburn Folk Club on the records. All these recent albums are available online and at The Artsbank as low cost downloads and cds."

www.danielpettitt.com

Daniel Pettitt Lyrics

Kieron Farrow

Kieron is somewhat of a subtle performer, his songs work carefully with poetry flowing through the lyrics and melodies Paul Simon would be proud of. Since I first heard Kieron, he struck me as a real performer, always giving himself to the song, feeling the song, being inside the performance and communicating stories, love songs, ballads and gentle commentaries.

If you haven’t seen Kieron live, it is also something to be seen, coming from Whitby, Kieron often attended The First Inn Last Out until the folk club closed there, and I hope to see him soon at the Saltburn Club. Apparently, holding no less than hundreds of songs on tape players and recording machines, I hope one day he puts those songs out. Not one to dwell in the past, Kieron is always looking to the future, a successful artist, Kieron lives with his wife in Whitby.

Images Kieron Farrow

Dave Brunskill

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Terry Priestly

Moustache Music, Under A Country Moon & House Of The Blues.

Although undoubtedly having a legacy that stretches back to the seventies, Terry Priestly, the brains behind Moustache Music, is an experienced and rounded singer songwriter. It’s a pleasure to hear two of his relatively recent productions, the most recent being ‘Under A Country Moon’ – the accompaniment is firstly noticeable, being tasteful and professional with talented contributions including Neil Wilson and Bob Meakin, with further contributions and appearances on other tracks by other musicians, giving a colourful, full feel to the album. It’s a great album, solid, polished and with smooth performances. The sound is similar to an American feel with violin and mandolin and Terry’s sometimes world weary vocals, each song builds nicely including such tracks as ‘Eyes On The Prize’ which I prefer more than the Bruce Springsteen version, which was sometimes too big and plodding, Terry’s version on the other hand is musical and dark – also of note is Terry’s own songs, the opener ‘In Your Dreams’ for example, nicely kicks off the album. Saltburn member Maggie Camp’s ‘Travelling Down The Road Today’ appears on the record too, and fits in nicely amongst themes of loneliness, love, hard times but still hope for the future.

An earlier production, going back to 2003 is ‘House Of The Blues’, again with the title of Moustache Music, Terry sings bluesy, yet beautifully produced songs, as in ‘Under A Country Moon’ most of the songs are cover songs, yet with a few originals which sit nicely alongside their famous counterparts. Something Bob Dylan later did with his career in the nineties, was find an authentic sound to his records, Terry has also found this sound which is established from the first track onwards, the brooding blues of ‘Seems You Don’t Want My Lovin’ and ‘Goin Back To Memphis’ which has a country and bluegrass feel, and ‘Blues For Robert Johnson’; the story of Johnson’s life and rumoured deal with the devil. Indeed, with ‘House of the Blues’ Robert Johnson would be proud of its nod to the old style of American music, the album rolls along nicely with a definite theme and atmosphere captured through the tracks.

House Of The Blues
Under A Country Moon

Andy Broderick

Andy Broderick writes and sings songs of real artistic integrity, having fronted the popular Irish folk band Brigit's Mantle for some time now, Andy is also a prolific performer in his own right with a variety and range of songs under his belt.

'In Pure Form', Andy's last album, shows his real attention to quality and delivery such as his re-invention of 'Midnight Feast', also the original 'The Second Layer', a favourite amongst club members. 'Shipwreck', a song about his native country Ireland, brings a real heritage and story with it, showing the depth and colour of Andy's craft working within traditional and contemporary folk.

Any news of forthcoming recordings by Andy will be gladly featured here in the future.

http://www.myspace.com/andybroderickmusic

Andy

Attendee to the club, Andy Broderick is currently recording Brigit's Mantle's debut, which will promise to be a rousing and foot tapping album. He has also written new songs since 'In Pure Form' which Andy will be recording at some point, this includes the epic 'Jimmy' and the heart wrenching 'Bee With No Sting'. Another attendee, Mark Allen is working on a new album, release date unknown, although if his last appearance at The Artsbank is anything to go by, it promises to be a well crafted and performed record. Terry Priestly of Moustache Music fame is also working on a new project, all that we know is that there will be other musicians working on the record with Terry, we look forward to featuring his new material here.

Come back in the future for further features as and when Saltburn members produce more recordings.

Sam Coles

It is my pleasure to introduce Sam Coles’ debut album ‘Woman of Wyrd & Other Tales’. Sam has just moved to Saltburn and we are looking forward to seeing more of her at the club, with a possible double album in creation I hope there are more recorded efforts to hear!

Her debut album really gives a voice to her soulful talent, a mystical somewhat otherworldly piece of music, this album spins ballads and creates a real atmosphere, with also, some really well crafted songs. I’m looking forward to hearing ‘Angels & Demons’ on a forthcoming release, when I heard that at the club for the first time, I thought what a song. Watch this space for future news.

Sam Coles

Sara Dennis

The first time I heard Sara Dennis, I couldn’t believe my ears, here was a musically shy conservative performer but when she opened up her voice to sing, a whole new world of expression followed her. She has commented that ‘Time & Tide’ is more of a demo album, an early release not to be considered highly, though I must say, as Guy Cuthbert also commented, it is quite something to hear. She is an amazing talent.

I can understand though why Sara would be self critical of her work, coming from a musical family and classical training, she has always been expected to try and get the best out of her craft. But, in ‘Time & Tide’ she does this, her voice carries the album with interesting song choices ranging from traditional anthems to personal and intricate original numbers. Often at the club, Sara is becoming well known on the circuit in the north east as a star performer.

www.saradennis.net/

Sara

Nick Noble

It often amazes me the wealth of great music out there, mostly unnoticed by the mainstream music industry in a commercial capacity – when I heard this album by Nick Noble and Avocet ‘Live With Less’ it really struck me the professional production, the smooth musicianship and the gentle and warm voice of Nick, who sings on most of the tracks. Nick is currently managing a surf business on the front at Saltburn, however he still keeps performing, and when he appears at the club it’s a delight to see.

 ‘Endeavour’ is a beautiful song, a lilting melody with appropriate accompaniment. The title track to the album is also superb musicianship, ‘Live With Less’, listening to the lyrics there is a message with the album, sung as in a friend to another friend, Nick alludes to relationships ‘Our Love Is Blind’, and love ‘Just One Look’. Often the songs highlight a wisdom with the passing of years, reflective yet yearning about living life. The sound of the album spills with colour, drums, guitars, bass and keyboards and it forms a wholesome feel, yet not overly done, it is always tasteful and easy on the ear.

Chris Hill/Almano

Although now based in the South of England, Chris has been a regular performer at the club in past years, with three albums under his belt, I had the chance to get a copy of ‘Isabel’s Soliloquy’, a compilation of his three albums. Whilst also performing at 2011’s Middlesbrough Literary Festival, Chris, also sometimes having been known as Almano, often still visits the club: Having listened to the compilation of his three albums, Isabel’s Soliloquy contains a real mix of songs, varied and interesting with enjoyable structures that flow and move along nicely. Although I don’t like to compare unsigned artists to famous individuals, Nick Drake did come to mind when listening to this album, Chris shares that contemporary and new feel yet with an older feel of songwriters such as George Harrison and John Lennon of The Beatles.

While his influences go right back, Chris is also contemporary in his style and I can’t help but feel a real modern day minstrel in his music, of which he also recites poetry. While previously spending time in Spain teaching, Chris had a chance to record an album of his songs which showed a real work ethic and determination and conviction to get the best possible performance and production down, this compilation gives good examples of this approach, with a real authenticity to the recordings, there is sometimes an electric band sound, and on other tracks, a low key classical feel.

‘Sunshine’ is a beautiful opener, a well written song strengthened by the rich musical accompaniment that appears throughout this album. ‘A Feeling’ sounds like a Pink Floyd classic, and the title track is also lifting and original. ‘The Shore’ illustrates Chris’s journey into spiritual themes, something he often touches on, but which is not too apparent, other than the un-recorded track ‘In The Name Of God’ which I had the chance to see Chris play at The Travellers’ Rest folk club and the Middlesbrough Literary Festival, both times, showing a dynamic and exciting performance. We hope to see Chris at the club again in the future, and also his release of new material, including ‘Stephanie’, ‘Boxed’, ‘Them’ and other original acoustic numbers.

Maggie Camp

A valued and welcome addition to the Saltburn Club, is Maggie Camp. Over the past two years, since I began attending the club, I’ve always looked forward to hearing Maggie sing, she sings with a melodic and beautiful voice full of heart. Her songs match her voice, she alluded to her style being western, yet I am careful not to label her, essentially she is a singer-songwriter with very strong songs, pure, generous with her performances and a sensitivity in her lyrics.

The last time I had the chance to see Maggie perform a whole set in conjunction with the early The Original Alternative shows was at the Community & Arts Centre at ‘Songs 2’. After finding a recording of this show, I learned from Maggie that she hasn’t many recordings, and I dearly hope that she records some of her songs in the future, which I believe deserve recognition and inclusion on an album or albums.

Accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, from the opening track on ‘Songs 2’ ‘Summer of my Dreams’ sets a calm pace, also a meaningful song in its reflective lyrics, the pace moves nicely into ‘Rosa’ a classic kind of song, very atmospheric. Maggie doesn’t always sing ballads though, accompanied by Andy Broderick on Bodhran Maggie sings ‘Mountain Man’ and ‘Mother of Mine’, upbeat and rhythmic, there’s also variety too, she covers the well known sixties hit ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ which she sings with her own invention and style. Other wonderful performances include ‘These Dreams of You’ and ‘The Way Old Friends Do’- overall, this night really showcases Maggie and her songs, full of love and life, yearning and hope, performed in a quietly confident way with a lot of talent.

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