New CD – THE DREAMED AND THE DROWNED Unreleased 2006 – 2011
Release date 1st July 2011 ***
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THE DREAMED AND THE DROWNED is a new collection of thirteen previously unreleased songs from one of Britain’s finest Singer/Songwriters and Storytellers. Compiled by Stephen Jordan at the Bodleian Music Library, who says “Together I believe they make up the most varied and multi-faceted release yet from Reg’s vast repertoire…. This is Reg Meuross at his most eclectic and inspiring best.”
The topics covered by these songs are typically diverse, from the title track, which deals with the story of The Maiden of Hoy and her errant Sailor, to the 2009 Cumbrian Floods, a poignant story of forbidden love during the Eyam Plague, the personal tale of a couple Reg met in The Falkland Islands and their terrifying experience of the invasion, and the story of The Cinderella Man, James Braddock.
The recordings were made during and around the time of Reg’s last three CDs; Still in 2006, Dragonfly in 2008 and All this longing in 2010, and feature the core of Reg’s backing musicians and some of the finest players in the land in their own right, including Sarah Allen, John ’Rabbit’ Bundrick, Roy Dodds, Simon Edwards, Bethany Porter and Miranda Sykes.
The CD will be released on July 1st, and will only be available for £10 at gigs or directly from this website in a Limited Edition of 1000 numbered and signed copies.
THE DREAMED AND THE DROWNED
A collection of unreleased songs, written by Reg Meuross and recorded between 2006 and 2011.
Compiled by Stephen Jordan at The Bodleian Music Library, University of Oxford.
Some songs don’t stay still long enough and scamper off, some are dazzled by the dragonfly’s gleam. Some songs are the right books put on the wrong shelves, but here are thirteen hidden gems selected from a raft of stuff Reg has never released. I sat in the garden last summer and played dozens of them and settled on this collection. Together I believe they make up the most varied and multi-faceted release yet from Reg’s vast repertoire. How could that ethereal, affecting title track not yet be featured on a CD? Knowing that it might never see the light of day inspired me on that summer night; I corralled all these effervescent little sprites and here they are, to be released into your musical world to haunt you for years to come with their striking stories, plangent melodies and magical arrangements. This is Reg Meuross at his most eclectic and inspiring best. Listen and enjoy. Stephen Jordan, The Bodleian Music Library, University of Oxford 2011
The Dreamed and the Drowned Broken Down Night
Mr Rain the Tailor All Through the Night
There’s a Train Davey Johnson
For You He Lived for his Country
I’m Leaving You Jenny’s War
The Curse of Memory Cinderella Man
The Boundary Stone
THE MUSICIANS: Reg Meuross, Sarah Allen, Vashti Anna, John’Rabbit’ Bundrick, Roy Dodds, Simon Edwards, Kevin Foster, Barney Morse-Brown, Bethany Porter Chrissie Quayle, Miranda Sykes.
Produced by Reg Meuross and Roy Dodds. Engineered and Mastered by Roy Dodds, except Presshouse recordings which were engineered by Mark Tucker. Released in a special numbered edition of 1000.
The Dreamed and the Drowned. Guitar and Vocals, Reg. Recorded at Kitchen Floor Studios, London.
This song is about Betty Corrigan, an unmarried girl from the island of Hoy, who fell pregnant by a sailor in the late 19th century. When the sailor failed to return Betty was banished from her village to the desolate moor. The isolation drove her mad and she committed suicide before the child was born. Her body was later exhumed by mistake and on realising her sad fate, the sailor who found her paid for a headstone and had her buried on the moor.
Mr Rain the Tailor. Guitar, Reg. Double Bass, Simon Edwards. Cello, Bethany Porter. Percussion, Roy Dodds. Recorded at Kitchen Floor Studios, London.
I wrote this after the 2009 Cumbrian floods in which PC Bill Barker lost his life saving others on Northside Bridge in Workington.
There’s a Train. Guitar and Vocals, Reg. Recorded at Kitchen Floor Studios, London.
For You. Guitar and Vocals, Reg. Backing Vocals, Reg & Vashti. Keyboards, John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick. Drums, Roy Dodds. Bass Guitar, Kevin Foster. Recorded at home and at Kitchen Floor Studios, London.
I wrote this after hearing the news of the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand. I had a couple of friends there who were thankfully unharmed.
I’m Leaving You. Guitar, Banjo,Vocals & Backing Vocals, Reg. Drums and Percussion, Roy Dodds. Double Bass & Backing Vocals, Miranda Sykes. Accordion, Sarah Allen. Recorded at Presshouse Studios, Devon and at Kitchen Floor Studios, London.
The Curse of Memory. Guitar and Vocals, Reg. Cello, Barney Morse Brown. Recorded at Kitchen Floor Studios, London and Barney and Kate’s house in Oxford.
My daughter was going through the pain of her first significant relationship break-up and she said she wished she couldn’t remember anything, and that way it wouldn’t hurt so much. This song is for her and dedicated to the memory of the lovely Kate Garret.
The Boundary Stone. Guitar and Vocals, Reg. Recorded at Kitchen Floor Studios, London.
This is the story of the Eyam Plague of 1665. The Boundary Stone was pitted with holes in which the self-quarantined villagers would leave payment in pools of vinegar for the provisions brought by outsiders.
Broken Down Night. Guitar, High-String Guitar, Dulcimer, Harmonica, Keyboards and Vocals, Reg. Backing Vocals, Vashti. Bass Guitar, Simon Edwards. Percussion, Roy Dodds. Recorded at home and at Kitchen Floor Studios, London.
All Through the Night. Guitar , Dulcimer and Vocals, Reg. Chrissy Quayle, Melodica. Bass, Simon Edwards. Drums and Percussion, Roy Dodds. Recorded at Kitchen Floor Studios, London.
A song I wrote for my friend Alan Briars, the Director of the Trowbridge Village Pump Festival, shortly before he died in 2007.
Davey Johnson. Guitar and Vocal, Reg. Cajon, Roy Dodds. Recorded at Presshouse Studios, Devon.
He Lived for his Country. Drums, Roy Dodds. All other Instruments and Vocals, Reg. Recorded at home and at Kitchen Floor Studios, London.
I wrote this about a man who lives in my small market town in Somerset. He survived the accident.
Jenny’s War. Guitar and Vocals, Reg. Cajon, Roy Dodds. Recorded at home.
I met Jenny and Tony when I went to the Falkland Islands to play some gigs. They lived in the farmhouse at Bluff Cove where the Argentinians invaded. Tony had cattle which were decimated by the landmines. He was ordered to clear the corpses. Jenny remembered being marched to the schoolhouse where she was imprisoned with her neighbours for much of the occupation. I asked her what she took with her and she said all she could think of was her birth control pills. She said if she was going to be raped she was going to make sure she didn’t give birth to a bastard.
Cinderella Man. Guitar, Vocals & Backing Vocals, Reg. Drums, Roy Dodds. Double Bass & Backing Vocals, Miranda Sykes. Piano, John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick. Recorded at Presshouse Studios, Devon.
My friend, the songwriter Marsha Malamet from Los Angeles, told me they were making a film about the American boxer, James Braddock and might be looking for songs. I wrote this one overnight and sent it in but it was too late for consideration.