Darren Hayman - Thankful Villages Volume 1

Thankful Villages Volume 1

Darren Hayman

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
12" Vinyl Album 18 tracks 18.99
CD Album 18 tracks 10.99
Download Album (wav) 18 tracks 7.99
Download Album (mp3) 18 tracks 7.99

Description

Darren Hayman - Thankful Villages Volume 1

Darren Hayman will release his enthralling and ambitious new album Thankful Villages via Rivertones on 3 June.

A Thankful Village is a village in Britain where every soldier returned alive from World War I. The writer, journalist and educator Arthur Mee coined the term ‘Thankful Village’ in his series of guidebooks, The King’s England in the 1930s. Darren Hayman visited each of the 54 Thankful Villages and, focussing on village life, made a piece of music and a short film for every one. Some take the form of instrumentals inspired by the location, some are interviews with village residents set to music, others are new songs with lyrics or found local traditional songs. You can find Darren's ongoing account of the project here.

This is the first (of three) volume of the project and contains the first 18 villages that Darren visited during 2014/15. The pieces do not necessarily refer to the Great War, rather they portray the village and it’s communities at many points in history. In “Stocklinch” Ros tells a story of a painting of the old church changing hands through the village, whilst in “Strethall” Darren sings a story of infidelity from the parish records from 1607 and in “St Michael, South Elmham” Dolly tells the story of her melodeon playing father and his adventures in Salonika.

One of the most catchy songs on the album is the final track, “Bradbourne”. Written at a low point for Darren, the song is nonetheless an uplifting collage of vocal harmonies about how, despite not being religious, the churches in the Thankful Villages acted as a refuge from life’s troubles.

Many pieces are instrumental, with Darren sitting on a blanket in a graveyard, teasing out melodies on old wooden instruments amongst bird song and the soft braying of cattle. Lyrics also appear with Darren writing on old church organs and weaving the local congregations into his songs.

Thankful Villages is a collage of Britain’s hidden places. Rich in history and community, Thankful Villages is a further chapter in Darren’s journey through the country underbelly. Recent records include laments for lost Lidos, re-imagined 19th Century political chants and a tale of terror set in during the English Civil Wars.

Please join Darren for a beautiful walk through Britain’s Thankful Villages.

Tracklisting

12" Vinyl Album (RIVERTONESLP4)
  1. Darren Hayan - Knowlton
  2. Darren Hayan - Culpho
  3. Darren Hayan - St Michael, South Elmham
  4. Darren Hayan - Puttenham
  5. Darren Hayan - Stoke Hammond
  6. Darren Hayan - Little Sodbury
  7. Darren Hayan - Rodney Stoke
  8. Darren Hayan - Holywell Lake
  9. Darren Hayan - Aisholt
  10. Darren Hayan - Stocklinch
  11. Darren Hayan - Strethall
  12. Darren Hayan - Welbury
  13. Darren Hayan - Scruton
  14. Darren Hayan - Chelwood
  15. Darren Hayan - Langton Herring
  16. Darren Hayan - Herodsfoot
  17. Darren Hayan - Butterton
  18. Darren Hayan - Bradbourne
CD Album (RIVERTONESLP4)
  1. Darren Hayman - Knowlton
  2. Darren Hayman - Culpho
  3. Darren Hayman - St Michael, South Elmham
  4. Darren Hayman - Puttenham
  5. Darren Hayman - Stoke Hammond
  6. Darren Hayman - Little Sodbury
  7. Darren Hayman - Rodney Stoke
  8. Darren Hayman - Holywell Lake
  9. Darren Hayman - Aisholt
  10. Darren Hayman - Stocklinch
  11. Darren Hayman - Strethall
  12. Darren Hayman - Welbury
  13. Darren Hayman - Scruton
  14. Darren Hayman - Chelwood
  15. Darren Hayman - Langton Herring
  16. Darren Hayman - Herodsfoot
  17. Darren Hayman - Butterton
  18. Darren Hayman - Bradbourne
Download Album (RIVERTONESLP4)
  1. Darren Hayman - Knowlton
  2. Darren Hayman - Culpho
  3. Darren Hayman - St Michael, South Elmham
  4. Darren Hayman - Puttenham
  5. Darren Hayman - Stoke Hammond
  6. Darren Hayman - Little Sodbury
  7. Darren Hayman - Rodney Stoke
  8. Darren Hayman - Holywell Lake
  9. Darren Hayman - Aisholt
  10. Darren Hayman - Stocklinch
  11. Darren Hayman - Strethall
  12. Darren Hayman - Welbury
  13. Darren Hayman - Scruton
  14. Darren Hayman - Chelwood
  15. Darren Hayman - Langton Herring
  16. Darren Hayman - Herodsfoot
  17. Darren Hayman - Butterton
  18. Darren Hayman - Bradbourne

mp3 downloads

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wav downloads

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