This new CD features fourteen songs from my current repertoire, complementing the 8 tracks on "Just a Taste". They are mainly the most recent songs, together with a few older ones which I had not got round to recording before. The artwork is by Stuart Watkinson.
The CD can be purchased from me for £8 at gigs, clubs etc, or by post for £9.50. Or buy together with the "Just a Taste" CD for £12 in person or £14 by post. To order please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A complete Lyrics Book for the 14 songs on my CD "The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue" is available HERE.
1. Pretty Polytunnels (2012)
A song of 21st century England which has echoes of the old Woodie Guthrie song "Pastures of Plenty".
2. The Friend (2015)
Not a true story but a situtation which a lot of people seem to find familiar.
3. Insomniac's Lament (1972)
Another one that rings a bell with some people.
4. The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue (2013)
My "reinvention" of a song of 1862 by George Leybourn and Harry Clifton.
5. The Clerical Worker's Song
A work-song chronicling a familiar but much neglected sphere of late 20th century life.
6. Colours of Barnet Fair
A jig, the title of which was inspired by rhyming slang.
7. Cruising Calypso
A seafaring song for our time.
8. Philip's Song
This first appeared in a satirical revue "Jolly Jubilee Japes" in 2002, but has lived on.
9. I have no music
A response to the commemoration of 100 years of world war in 2014.
10. Keep the Blues Away
This is about using the music to get away from your blues, not to wallow in them.
is a group of songs which I usually sing singly depending on the time of year. On the CD you can listen to them together as a 10 minute suite.
11. Prelude in Ice / For the Spring
12. Dog Daisy Days
13. Already September
14. O Carol (Let's sing a Door-hymn)
A bit of festive fare, but if there's a little food for thought I hope nobody minds.