New Living Archive Band CD

A Bob A Bloody Day

The First World War as experienced by men and women of Wolverton and New Bradwell.
Fifteen songs written for various projects, all gathered together in one sweeping depiction of the journey from the euphoric early days, through the dreadful realities of mechanised warfare, to the sorrowful, reflective aftermath.

Available as a CD or download

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Leaf On A Windy Day

My new collection of songs is called ‘Leaf On A Windy Day’.

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You can stream the tracks directly from here, and download individual tracks or the whole album from my Bandcamp shop, where you will also find lyrics and info about the tracks.

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The Vesuvians

Some years ago I told the story of my Grandad Kendall in the song Here Is Jack, and Roger Kitchen filmed me singing and talking about it. Video- ‘Here is Jack’

At the time of writing the song I was intrigued by a story my mother had told me, that Jack, her dad, had played in a dance band. I so much hoped this was true, because it gave me a feeling of connection with him denied to me by his early death, but I had no proof. Sadly, my mum had passed away herself before I finished the song, so she never got to hear it, and couldn’t tell me any more stories about her dad.

Then, clearing out my father’s bungalow following his death last September, my sister and I were excited to find this photograph:

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Vesuvians City Hall Players

Isn’t it great? Here are The Vesuvians at the ‘Philharmonic Hall’, East Ham, on October 3rd 1930. My Grandad is on trumpet. Continue reading