Jay’s wonderful photo is the one that just keeps on giving….. Well, Xenia has finally moved on – we wish her well on her chosen path, and would like to say “Thank You Xen” for all the superbly inventive and moving fiddling you’ve done with us over the last five years, as well as for your sweet harmonies – Good Luck!! So now it’s just Moi, Davy and Lynise. We’re having a bit of a sabbatical after the emotional roller coaster of ‘Tides’, but hope to be back in the studio soon to record Moi’s anthemic new song, as well as to work on some other long overdue material. Watch this space….
Great set of songs showcasing their musicianship and gorgeous harmonies. Derek Smith (Mabon)
Three voices, two guitars and a fiddle. Lovely ensemble playing, excellent vocal harmonies and such sensitive fiddle playing: nothing missing nor any excess. Iain Campbell (music journalist)
Clips from 9 songs: Gnossienne (Erik Satie) Where Have All the Flowers Gone (Pete Seeger) Everything to Me (Davy Cartwright) September Weather (Moira Morgan) Dark Energy (Davy Cartwright) The Grey Song (Davy Cartwright) Anywhere with You (Moira Morgan) Who Knows Where the Time Goes (Sandy Denny) Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Goffin/King)
If you’re looking for a chilled way to spend the evening in the build-up to the celebrations, SeaFall will be doing a couple of hours chilled music at Illtuds 216 Restaurant, Llantwit Major, from about 8 pm to about 10.30 pm. Georg the Chef is doing a special menu for the evening. Full details at illtuds.co.uk, or phone 01446 793800. Booking recommended.
Our new album should be out in the not-too-distant future, with 11 tracks all written by Moira & Davy, with Lynise Esprit now joining them and Xenia in the band. ‘Woke Up Crying’ has already been featured on Oystermouth Radio, DJ Mike Kennedy describing it as “7 minutes of pure magic”.
SeaFall are sad to be saying goodbye to Heulwen Thomas, who has stood in so superbly for Xenia to cover our summer gigs. Sunday’s at the Old Swan was a great finale, the rain even holding off til the evening. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Heulwen for all the time & effort she put into learning our songs; it was great to have you with us XXX.
However, over the past year or so Moira & Davy have been working on some songs and ideas which herald a major change of direction for SeaFall. Back in the 80’s Moi formed a band called Design for Living, one of whose members was a certain Lynise Esprit. Without knowing any of this, Davy also started working with him about 5 years ago through their association at Major Music in Llantwit, and Lynise played on and engineered several tracks from Davy’s last solo album. During the making of this, Davy & Moi first teamed up, so it’s no surprise that the 3 of them got together to work on the new material, to the point where Lynise is now a de facto member of SeaFall. So – hello Lynise, welcome aboard!!! His great talent, both as a sound engineer and as a musician, will be invaluable to us. We don’t know if we’ll be doing any more beer festival-type gigs, we may do the odd one here and there if asked, depending on how they fit in with Xenia’s new life; but she’ll still be closely involved in recording for the new projects. All will eventually be revealed…..
Until then, SeaFall will be going into sleep mode for a while (hoping to emerge as a butterfly rather than as a clothes moth).
The superb Iain Matthews with Egbert Derix will be playing at the Barry West End Club on Thursday 13th August, and SeaFall are honoured to be the support act. Tickets are £10 in advance, £12 on the door from Mike Duggan on 07561 143114.