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Thread #41428   Message #3888414
Posted By: Anne Lister
13-Nov-17 - 06:03 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Quiet People (Anne Lister)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Quiet People (Anne Lister)
Sneakily coming in on the thread .. new album is in preparation, probably ready in the spring. Will include "Mametz", a song inspired by an extraordinary production by the National Theatre of Wales, in turn based on Owen Sheer's poem of the same title and the writings of poets at the time. Mametz was one of the battles that made up the Somme offensive, and one in which a horrifying number of Welsh soldiers died. The theatrical event took us, the audience, into farmland similar to the terrain in which the battle was fought, and introduced us to the soldiers and their families, and culminated in us being taken "over the top" through the trenches and up into the wood which doubled as Mametz wood. It's taken me a few years to be able to talk or write about it without tears - probably one of the most profound theatrical experiences I've ever had, and one which taught me a lot about war.
There are other songs on the album as well, and I'm including some recordings made of me singing in 1973 (not a typo).
Might do a crowd funder to help pay for some promo and manufacturing, but recording costs are being covered by an extraordinarily generous gift from an American supporter of my music. Album will be called "Astrolabe".