We’ve joined forces to bring you a song for Beeston Oxjam 2018. Phil noticed a distinct lack of sea-faring songs around Beeston, and so composed a poignant shanty to complement the recent appearance of a beach just behind The Square. ‘Way to Go’ was recorded by Steve in his secret man-cave with the help of Frank and Mark. It features Simon Thompson’s outstanding a cappella group, Oldish Spice, together with the PLB and special guest Andy Inns on bodhran.
Carmina began their career in Bristol in the 1990’s; since then they have toured all over the world and recorded five albums, two of which were produced by Irish music legend Donal Lunny. Their music is an intoxicating blend of Celtic-inspired themes and jazz improvisation, woven together in powerful original songs. The line-up for the Maze features the band’s founder members and songwriters Pippa Marland (vocals, saxes, whistles) and Rob King (acoustic guitar, bodhran) with long-time Carmina member Paul Bradley on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars. The trio will be playing material from their new album ‘Landmarks’ along with other songs from their extensive repertoire.
‘Glorious… gorgeously haunting’ – Time Out www.carmina.co.uk
We’re pleased to re-issue Phil’s 2005 CD ‘This Day’ as a free download. This 14 track album of original songs and settings features band favourites such as ‘County Cork to Downeast Maine’, ‘Dunmanus Bay’ and ‘Crossing Brooklyn Bridge’. It’s produced by Frank McCarthy and features Steve & Penny Benford, Chris Pitcher, Milli Galgut, Rick Dizon and Ali Dennis.
You can download all 14 tracks free from Soundcloud at this link.
Thanks Muff Fitzgerald for this lovely review. Well more of a full-on psychoanalysis of Phil really.
“Looking into Langran’s brain is rather like looking into the Chauvet Cave with a torch. Marvels that shimmer with great beauty are painted on the walls of his occipital lobe, reflected in the flickering flames of his calming songs. Beautiful plumes rise and billow with the wind and then disperse like motes of dust. Just like us.”