darren hayman

Couldn’t resist featuring this, incoming on rivertones towards the end of May, the second volume of Darren Hayman’s exquisite set of rustic postcards ‘thankful villages’. As the press release rightly points out an ambitious folk project set across three volumes, the third is due next year, finds Mr Hayman and Emma rambling through the crooked wildwood aisles of these fair green lands visiting the nations ‘thankful villages’ – these are the places blessed with having all their servicemen return safely after the first world war. A kind of melodic rough guide which armed with synthesisers partly pays homage and simultaneously mourns the erosion of the tradition, the quaintness and the quirky unifying custom of village life, these hidey holes oft secretly hidden and somewhat lost to both time and the advance of modern day commercialism. Inspired by or simply remodelled, Hayman feeds on the history, the beauty and the timelessness of these tranquil settlements to craft this aural journey, from that set here’s ‘cundall, yorkshire’ a wonderful slice of lulling lazy eyed Bucolic breeziness replete with birdsong all oozed with a sepia toned vintage rubbing that sounds as though it’s being piped through on a long wave receiving crystal set.

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/178315400″>Cundall, Yorkshire – Thankful Villages #19</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user4274497″>Darren Hayman</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>   

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