This is the album title - Cherry Fair - and the cover artwork for the new Stephen Harrison CD due for release soon this Spring 2016 - Further details soon.
February 28th 2016. Pleased to say that the new album is finished at last. It's now at the mastering and manufacturing phase.
January 2016. Seven songs for the new album are recorded! Another 4 to go.
A couple of days ago I discovered a video on Youtube that someone had made for my 1980's song 'Sad And Blue'. Quite a surprise. I was quite touched by the fact that someone had taken the time and gone to the trouble of researching that facts about the song's original release on Les Disques Du Crepuscule. I felt that the video had been made with care and respect. I feel that this is all a good omen for 2016, a year which i am currently optimistic about.
Click here to link to Youtube and see the video..
Pleased to say that 6 tracks of the new album are recorded. I hope to finish recording over the next four weeks or so. pleased with it so far! Here's recent painting too.
Apart from songwriting, I also paint. I am having and exhibition in Edinburgh at the Dundas Street Gallery, 6A Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6HZ - 20th to 24th February, 2015. 11am to 5.30pm each day including Sunday. It would be great to see you there! Click here for my painting website..
REVIEW OF STEPHEN HARRISON 'TODAY TOMORROW - REMASTERED'. Published in Folk World, November 2013
This is the remastered release of an album that Edinburgh musician Stephen Harrison put out last year. This is the first I have heard it or anything from Stephen Harrison, and it may be my loss for doing so. Although Harrison goes all the way back to the earliest post-punk era of 1979 in a band called Metropak, he has had a rather sporadic career until the last decade or so. His is a rich voice that is almost spoken ala Leonard Cohen and uses some lovely repetitive guitar patterns to set up his song stories. There are some strings and horns that broaden the horizons of the songs and plenty of reverb in the voice to create even more space. Even with those add-ins, I would preferred a bit more variety, even at the risk of losing the meditative qualities of this style. Whatever your opinion, it is pretty hard to deny this is a highly individual work that had me attentive from first note to last.
© David Hintz
Written by David Hintz and published in Folk World, November 2013. To read at source click here
Support act for Eric Taylor
Saturday October 5th 2013. 7pm
I will be one of the support acts (along with Stuart Warburton) for Eric Taylor.
The Postal Bowling Club, Edinburgh
31A Queen's Park Ave
EH8 7EA Edinburgh
Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
I'll be on first at 7pm for about twenty five minutes, then Stuart Warburton, then Eric Taylor. I really The Kerville tapes, an album by Eric Taylor. Great songs and great guitar. Going to be great to be playing this gig!
Foakies' - At The Royal Oak, 1 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1LT (downstairs lounge)
8.30 pm. Entry £8.00
I will be playing a twenty minute set as a guest of Edinburgh songwriters Simon Kempston and Mark Barnett. Susanna Orr Holland will also be performing. The event is part of the annual TradFest which runs this year from 24th April to 6th May.
'The festival takes under its wing the former Ceilidh Culture promotion but marks a new phase of vigorous renewal of Scotland's culture in its local, national and international relationships. Edinburgh's first TradFest will take place from 24th April to 6th May 2013. For over twelve days the city will be a hive of music, song, storytelling, dance, crafts, folk drama and environmental celebrations for Mayday/Beltane. Falling at the traditional start of summer, TradFest heralds a seasonal wave of festivals across Scotland reaching through to the autumn'
Stephen Harrison will be the guest of Ciaran Dorris on his radio show at Celtic Music Radio on Sunday 16th September 2012 between 5pm and 7pm. Tracks from the album 'Today Tomorrow' will be aired along with a live performance and some discussion. The show is broadcast in the Glasgow area and also broadcast live on line everywhere else via the internet. Click here for a link to the Celtic Music Radio website where the show can be heard live.