What are we like?
May 6, 2015
William Howard School around about 2009 – 2010
The Mighty Doonans
August 4, 2014
The Doonan Family Band has now become mighty! With the addition of four of their younger family members, to form The Mighty Doonans. This is their first album together as The Mighty Doonans and it is not one to pass off. Many of songs on this album have a clear theme about the hard lives of the miners and their families in the north of England.
The album starts with a song about a poor man, trying to persuade his pretty daughter Mary, to marry a rich countryman and escape for a better life. Although this song is slightly sad in a way, because Mary is being forced into a marriage she does not want, it is a fairly lively song; perfectly starting the album and setting the scene for the commencing songs.
To make these songs even more profound and meaningful they cleverly involve the local lingo in their lyrics. For example “Ee Aye Aa Cud Hew” and “Cannily Cannily” both use local phrases and words to tell the story of the hardship, the mining families went through. Some of these phrases you may be familiar with, others you may not. However, understand them or not, the music is defiantly enjoyable and the meaning of the songs, regardless, is clear.
Their music style is distinctly folky and they use a variety of musical talents and instruments to create their mighty music. Throughout the album there is a mixture of songs both lively and calmer. This combination makes this album interesting and the slight change in style and speed prevents you from becoming tired of it in a hurry. Encouraging you to continue listening to their many and interesting tales…
Arwin’s Most Exciting Weekend with James
March 9, 2014
I went home this weekend and left my cuddly dragon with my flat mate James. I came back to find him with a memory card taped to his hand with this video on it:
Thank you James, you’ve made my day!
Stew Simpson’s New Demo Tracks
January 18, 2014
Hadrian’s Union’s lead singer Stew Simpson is working on his new album. He’s released his demo tracks on Sound Cloud and they are truly stunning. Hadrian’s Union produced some very good traditional style folk music, but this new work from Stew Simpson is something a bit different.
Certainly a fun track to listen to and quite possibly my favourite of the new demos. It’s very different to anything I’ve heard before and will probably be a fun song to perform on stage and really engage the audience.
I Will Never Write a Song for You
This is much less upbeat than English Eccentric and is definitely bitter. The backing track works very well and it comes across, as English Eccentric does, as a very well polished track, especially for something that is only in demo phase.
Spectrum is really about Stew’s annoyance about how society tends to think of gays and what society expect them to be like. But as he says “it’s all lies” and really they’re not that much different from anyone else.
Princess of Trafalgar Square
Princess of Trafalgar Square is definitely a darker song by Stew Simpson and is very moody, but don’t be thinking that it is not as good as any of the other demo tracks. It is well put together and sounds great.
This is much more of a traditional folk song and is very easy to listen to. It has a lot of Stew Simpson in it like most the tracks do. 1994 is certainly very good, but it does not stand out to me as much as some of the demo tracks.
These demo tracks are distinctly Stew Simpson and well worth listening to. You can tell that he is passionate about the topics the songs are about, which makes them all the more better. Hopefully the finished album will not lose any of the “Stew Simpson” from the tracks on its way to being published.
Well done Stew Simpson and I’m sure we all look forward to seeing your new album in all good record stores soon.