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The Piper Plays His Tune
A completely solo project coming out of the UK Covid19 lockdown, where John Hackett writes, sings and plays all the parts himself.
Full Track List:
- Masters of my past
- In love
- Crying Shame
- Broken Glass
- Too late for dreamers
- Loved by you
- There you go again
Lyrics can be downloaded here: Piper – lyrics
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was it for this…?
'—Was it for this That one, the fairest of all Rivers, lov'd To blend his murmurs with my Nurse's song, And from his alder shades and rocky falls, And from his fords and shallows, sent a voice That flow'd along my dreams?' William Wordsworth, The Prelude 1799 ‘There can't be many of us who haven't at some point wondered what the sum total of our lives is going to be; all the good and poor choices, the happy and not-so-happy accidents, the healthy and toxic relationships, the influences that enrich or deplete. I was very fortunate to have met Danny Chang (of The Kentish Spires) around 2004. He took me under his wing, opened his studio to my mad ideas, and suggested I do an album. It was recorded in Autumn/Winter 2006/07. Dan produced, John Fraser engineered and played some beautiful (at times brutal) piano. Then there was Ryan on drums, Colin on keys, Peter and Susie on harmonies. To be honest I was out of my depth, slightly unhinged and somewhat over-adrenalised, but I was managed with grace, kindness and pragmatism and I'll be eternally grateful for that. For Will Wordsworth it started with the rushing of the river Derwent and the sweet simplicity of lullabies, surging towards the heady prospect of a new enlightenment in revolutionary France. My staging posts were mostly musical. From Salvation Army brass bands and choirs, to the tribal punk of Adam & The Ants, the jazz hands and Broadway babies of musical theatre and the sweeping possibilities of progressive music where sentiment can bleed beyond those three magic minutes. Here were songs about dying movie stars, parallel universes, off-kilter romance, Dad dancing, David Lynch and the von Trapp family. As Danny reassured me, I was never going to have to worry about my chart position... So was it? For this, I mean. The answer can only ever be yes. For all of us. Only you can bring what you bring to the table. What you are and what has shaped you are unique to you, and the contribution you make is singular. What a wonderful gift. What a responsibility. What an opportunity.’ Jeremy, December 2020
Track Listing1) Queen of the May 2) Sweet Liesl 3) Heaven Help Me Now I’m On My Own 4) Botox Baby 5) yellowleaf 6) A Polo Shirt In Yonkers 7) Cary Grant Is Dying 8) Necessary 9) Curtain Call 10) Hello, Disco 11) Live From The Cliff Face 12) It’s Not About Love 13) Sometime My Arms Bend Back 14) If I Bump Into Jesus
John Hackett’s long awaited new rock album and is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Checking Out of London (released in 2005), featuring Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips & Nick Magnus with lyrics by Nick Clabburn.
Full Track List:1. Another Life 2. Look Up 3. Poison Town 4. White Lines 5. Life In Reverse 6. Burnt Down Trees 7. Satellite 8. Forest 9. Magazine 10. Rain 11. Actors 12.Another Day, Another Night 13.Poison Town Reprise
The Journey Continues
As well as being the guitarist in the John Hackett Band and co writer, along with John, of the recording 'Beyond the Stars' Nick is also a classical guitarist who performs around the UK. Nick has also performed live on BBC radio 3 and has his music played many times on Classic FM radio. Nick must be one of the few guitarists, apart from John Williams, to have been performed on Classical radio stations and Rock radio! Nick's new recording comprises of 14 original compositions for the Classical guitar. On one track 'The Moon Circle' Nick is also joined by the wonderful John Hackett who adds some great atmospheric flute to the composition. It's been three years since Nick's last solo release 'Blue Horizon' so Nick thought that the title 'The Journey Continues' sets the scene for his continuing solo guitar work. All the music is available from the publisher Productions d'oZ in Canada. Nick has had all his solo guitar works published by this fine publishing house since 2007 and now has over 75 works in print and available worldwide! 'The Journey Continues' has a wide variety of moods and musical flavours from around the world. Nick's music is an eclectic mix of music from various musical eras, such as the Baroque and Romantic traditions. His music is also influenced by the sights and sounds of South America and Eastern European traditions. This includes asymetrical time signatures and modal flavours not uncommon in the world of progressive music. Anyone who likes the sound of the guitar will find this recording a treasure of diverse musical cultures. One of the 14 tracks was improvised during the recording sessions. This is the final track 'Epitaph for a Dreamer' and dedicated to the memory of England's finest Jazz Pianist John Taylor who sadly passed away too soon. Nick says that John Taylor was one of his greatest musical influences. John Taylor's harmonic and rhythmic inventions had him hooked from the first time he encountered his music. All the parts for 'Epitaph' were recorded without thought or preparation and Nick feels captures the sad loss of such an incredible improvising musical genius.
Full Track List:1. Ballerina 2. Village Dance Number 2 3. Silent Stream 4. Crossing the Rubicon 5. Laelia 6. The Mesmerist Etude 7. The Moon Circle 8. Dance of the Eagle and the Elk 9. Lake Kawaguchi 10. Prelude in E minor - Fantasia Number 7 11. The Labyrinth - Fantasia Number 14 12. Spheres of Celestial Peace 13. Undercurrent 14. Epitaph for a Dreamer - Improvisation (in Memory of John Taylor)
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The Goldfinch – Advance Orders
Beautiful new album from the John Hackett/Nick Fletcher flute and guitar duo. Features arrangements of music by J.S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Scarlatti. The title is taken from the “The Goldfinch (Il Cardellino)” flute concerto by Vivaldi. The cover painting is by Nick’s talented daughter Kathryn.
Track listSonata in C major BWV 1033 J.S. Bach
- Menuett 1 Menuett 2 Menuett 1 Da Capo
- A tempo di Gavotti
- Allegro Moderato
- Bourree Angloise