Fromthewhitehouse Presents….

| October 20, 2018

It was great to meet you at the English Folk Expo. Here’s a Spotify Playlist of the songs on the CD I gave you (HERE) and also a bit more about each of the artists and the songs included.

REG MEUROSS
regmeuross.com

Mark Radcliffe described Reg Meuross as a “brilliant singer-songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience.” He is indeed constantly on the road, touring the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, as well as delighting audiences abroad, from folk clubs in Spain to a very special event at the Holocaust Centre in Cape Town where he was invited to sing his song about anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl For Sophie (This Beautiful Day), which Mike Harding has called one of the most important songs to come out in the last 30 years.

Accompanying himself masterfully on guitar and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, Reg’s catalogue includes story songs which bring characters from history to life, songs of protest and some of the most heart aching love songs ever written, performed with depth and spellbinding delivery. “There’s something special about the way he writes and delivers a song” said Townes Van Zandt. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level, his words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

Reg’s appearances at art centres, music clubs and festivals and his 12 albums have established his songs as ‘the hinges upon which swing the doors of perceptive English folk’ (Folkwords). Festival appearances include: Cropredy, Folk on the Coast, Bude, Great British Folk Festival, Auckland Festival NZ, Broadstairs Folk Week, Gate To Southwell, Costa Del Folk, Illawarra Folk Festival (Australia) and many more, small and large. He is the patron artist of Priston Folk Festival in Somerset and Bridport Folk Festival in Dorset and of Holywell Music and Folk in Oxford.

1. And Jesus Wept

And Jesus Wept is Reg’s beautiful and tragic song about WW1 soldier Harry Farr, one of the many soldiers shot for ‘desertion and cowardice’ when he was suffering from shell shock “I got the shakes on Tuesday, I cannot go I said, they sent me down on Wednesday by Thursday I was dead” Harry enlisted in 1914 aged 23 and had fought in the trenches on the Western Front. His position was repeatedly shelled, and in May 1915 he collapsed with strong convulsions. His wife Gertrude recalled that while he was in hospital, “He shook all the time. He couldn’t stand the noise of the guns. We got a letter from him, but it was in a stranger’s handwriting. He could write perfectly well, but couldn’t hold the pen because his hand was shaking.” In spite of this he was sent back to the front and fought in the battle of the Somme. He reported to hospital several times and finally couldn’t take it any more… he was arrested for desertion and court martial. Harry had to defend himself in his own trial and he was sentenced to death and shot at 6am on 18 October 1916.

2 Faraway People

“Too many protest singers, not enough protest songs”, sang Edwyn Collins, but that’s certainly not something that applies to Reg Meuross. From everyday victims crushed by an uncaring society to unsung heroes taking a defiant stand against the darkness of tyranny and oppression, Faraway People goes the distance in turning the spotlight on issues that should not be left in the shadows. Reg wrote the title track of his 11th album ‘Faraway People’ after studying the Hephaestus website, which included a long list of all the people who had died directly as a result of austerity measures, cuts to their benefits by ATOS or because of the bedroom tax. He says: “The names are real and just a tiny few of the many who have suffered.”

3. The Shoreline And The Sea

“Shoreline and the Sea is a song of sorrow, longing and regret by the excellent English songwriter, Reg Meuross​. The plangent lyrics draw the parallels between the cycle of the tides and the mutability of love and the cadences and dying fall of the melody suit the emotion of the song perfectly.” Beautiful and wise words from the much missed late Stephen Jordan, senior library assistant at the Boolean, and a man with discerning taste.

CHARLIE DORE
charliedore.com
4. Liontamer
5. Looking For My Own Lone Ranger
6. Breakfast of Neutrinos

HARBOTTLE & JONAS
harbottleandjonas.com
7. Northumberland
8. Anna Is A Dancer
9. My Boy Jack

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Katie Whitehouse: booker of gigs, seeker of adventures, writer of stuff, fingers in pies and lover of life.

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