Because it was recorded during the lockdowns of 202/21, Jeremy (in common with many other musicians in the same situation) provides all the voices and instruments himself. He plays guitar(s) double bass, bass guitar, hand harmonium, keyboards, viola and percussion.

The songs:

  • Alessia’s song and Wrap your arms around us world (song for Eve) are about, or for, two beautiful little children.
  • The traditional songs feature a Burns anti-war tirade (Ye Jacobites by name) and the sadness of emigration (Amelia where you bound to?)
  • Clifton is about war and remembrance sparked by a visit to a village in the north of England.
  • My love song is about an attempt to write one!
  • Brea Hill and The legend of Port Quin are about a favourite area of North Cornwall, though the first gets mixed up with a Rutger Hauer speech.
  • Windhover is about searching for a missing muse.
  • Still here, because we are. There’s always music because there is, and Parting, because we must.

All songs written by Jeremy Harmer except for Ye Jacobites by name and Amelia where you bound to (traditional, arr: Harmer)

recorded and mixed by Jeremy Harmer. Mastered by Mark Fawcett of Fish Need Snorkels.

Photographs: Mark Fawcett. Kestrel photograph: Steve Bingham.

Cover design: Steve Bingham