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The Man in the Shed
An Englishman sits in his shed and dreams of Ireland, America and other places.
Several of the 22 tunes were composed in the 16th. century by the blind Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan. The rest are traditional and come from Ireland and America except for Os Gaiteros da Noite which is a pipe tune from Galicia in Spain. Running time : 1 hour.
Instruments: Guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, harmonica, harmonium, xylophone, glockenspeil. Sea on ‘The Seas are Deep’ recorded at Wittering.
Has been described as 'easy listening'.
Playing With Fire
A piece in six movements for four musicians, bonfire and pyrotecnics
Overture - Playing with Fire - Red War - Holy Smoke - Crash - Slow Air
Total 40 minutes
Playing With Fire was performed at Calthorpe Adventure Playground, Kings Cross London.
It was conceived and composed by Steve, except for Red War composed by Cliff Stapleton. Thanks to Rory and Guy for major contributions in the more improvised parts. Jonathon Graham had a lot of input in the planning of the piece as well as building the fire and performing with the pyrotechnics.
Thanks are due to all the participants, who worked without payment, to my brother Chris for assisting with the fireworks, to his partner Jean for stew on the day and to the courageous manager of the playground.
Rory McLeod : harmonica, slide guitar, voice
The Drones was born at this gig.
"His accounts of the processes by which vocal, instrumental and unconventional sounds can be woven together are instuctive and thoughtful. The music evokes various watery moods and incorporates poetry and visual imagery. This is a heartening and intelligent reminder that human creativity preceded and will outlast the national curriculum's divisions."
Tom Deveson, writing in the Times Educational Supplement.
Now go to children.
Recording other people
The shed has seen many enjoyable and productive sessions with guests including :
Spud and Yam
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