All songs and performances (c) David Harley unless otherwise stated.
Here’s the most recent video: an introduction to my Tears of Morning album, a collection of songs and settings, most of which have a Shropshire connection. The album itself is available from Bandcamp, as is the single Moonflow VI (and as will be the forthcoming single ‘One Step Away’).
These first two aren’t live videos: I was just experimenting with the software.
- Bootup Blues/Big Blues (Harley) [one of several slide versions I’ve recorded: see Big Blues (Bootup Blues) [demo] and Bootup Blues (Big Blues) [2019 demo]
- Bootup Blues/Big Blues (Harley) [non-slide version] Oddly enough, I don’t seem to have posted an MP3 version of this one yet.
And now on to the more-or-less live videos.
The first three were try-outs for a seasonal live video set. It’s an unusual set for me in that none of the songs are completely original, though the third is a parody.
The first was written in the late 19th century by Charlie Case, and learned way back in the 20th century from the late and very great Diz Disley. Which is why it’s a bit jazzier than you might expect from me… ‘The Fatal Glass of Beer’.
The second is a song by Ewan MacColl that I haven’t sung in many decades: ‘Ballad of the Carpenter’. MacColl’s view of the story of Christ reflects his own leanings towards communism rather than a traditional religious view: while that’s fine with me, I’ve followed Phil Ochs’s adaptation and somewhat softened the Politburo resonances.
Somehow, I’ve never quite felt that ‘The Snowman’ quite reflects my own experience of Christmas.
Another Bangor Day – and here’s the audio only version, mastered to raise the volume.:
Bredon Hill (Housman-Harley) – one of my settings from A Shropshire Lad.
Audio capture mastered to raise the volume:
Blues for Davy (Harley) – an extended electric version of a jazzy-ish guitar piece. Links to audio versions are included in the notes to the video.
Confessions (Harley-MacLeod) – a song co-written with Don MacLeod. Generally, I did the words and he did the music.
Corinna (Traditional) – a version I owe mostly to Michael Cooney, though we compared versions a few years ago and discovered they’d grown far, far apart. Mike himself says “I learned this partly from Guy Carawan, partly from Bess Hawes, and partly from myself.”
Drunk last night (Harley) – a sort of blues. Captured to audio and mastered:
An older, slower version (but the voice was in better shape!):
Farewell to Severn Shore (Housman-Harley) – setting of another poem from A Shropshire Lad – and here’s an audio version.
‘Gabriel’s Hounds’ is a song by the late Mike Raven: the video is another Trad2Mad entry.
Handsome Molly II (traditional, arranged and adapted Harley)
Hannah (Upcountry) [Harley]: ‘banjo’ version.
Hannah (acoustic guitar version) [Harley]: transferred better to video than the electric/banjo version.
Indulgence review – looking at a CD by Atlantic Union.
Moonflow III (Harley) – studio recording of an instrumental with photographs
One Step Away (Harley) / Letting Go (Harley) – two songs I often do together. Here’s a Studio recording of ‘One Step Away’ from the 1980s. And here’s a recent audio version of ‘Letting Go.’
Over the Hill (Butterfly) [Harley] – a slightly eccentric blues arrangement.
Painting the Desert (Harley) – slide instrumental with photographs of the Painted Desert.
The Pilgrim (Yeats-Harley) – a setting of the poem by W.B. Yeats
Rain (Harley) – still not reached a version I’m totally happy with, but here are some audio versions. Rain (Harley) [demo]: A very, very early song. 1970. And a very minimal sketch for a more ambitious version. Or this one. Or this: Electric Rain [demo] Or this… Rain II
Rain (Harley) – unaccompanied Trad2Mad version.
The Road to Frenchman’s Creek (Harley) – one of my few (so far) Cornwall-themed songs.
Same Old Same Old (Harley) –
Seesaw (Harley) [No satisfactory audio version yet, not that I’m satisfied with the video, either.]
Silk and Steel (Harley) A video especially recorded for Global Jamming St. Ives in support of Collective Aid, an organisation working with displaced people in Calais, Dunkirk and in the Balkans. Please follow the link to their Just-Giving page, if you care to.
Snowbird (Harley) – another lapse into something blues-ish.
Stagolee (trad.) – an old blues-y song. This version was learned from John the Fish.
Tears of Morning (Housman-Harley) / Seafret (Harley) – two songs that seem to go together thematically.
Thanks for nothing, Ephraim Clutterbox (Harley) – a very old song that I don’t often sing, and it shows…
This end of the 1960s (Harley) – I think I actually wrote it in the 70s…
Thomas Anderson – a Jacobite Tragedy (Harley, based on an article by Ron Nurse): uses a podcast focusing on the historical background as a soundtrack, culminating in a studio recording of the song. Here’s a live version of the song.
Vestapol (Traditional arranged and adapted Harley) – distantly related to a 19th century parlour piece by Henry Worrall, but much altered as it passed through the hands of a multitude of blues/ragtime guitarists. And again by me.
View from the Top (MacLeod-Harley) – another collaboration with Don MacLeod.
What do I do? (Harley) A strangely theatrical song, written around the time I was working on some music for a revue directed by Margaret Ford, though this song has nothing to do with the revue. More about the revue here: Nice (If You Can Get It) – Revue
When I was in love with you (Housman-Harley) – my setting of a poem by Housman. Done for Trad2Mad as ‘The Fancy Passes’ (see above).
Vestapol (trad.) / Highway Fever (Harley) – a blues-y instrumental plus one of my songs.
Wrekin [The Marches Line] (Harley) – a version using Nashville tuning instead of regular tuning.
Young Hunting (words traditional arr. Harley: tune by David Harley)
And here’s one of my most bizarre collaborations ever: as body double – well, picking hand double – for Gareth Owen’s alter ego Virg Clenthills, in a video for his song ‘Marie‘.
There’s also a video from Andreas Marx of me playing lead on a version of ‘Mustang Sally ‘ with Peter Kruse and some other security people letting their hair down in Sydney. Not my best guitar work ever, TBH, but the sound isn’t great anyway. Actually, Peter is rather a good blues singer and harmonica player, and there are plenty of decent musicians – and some magicians! – working in the IT security industry, for some reason.