An album responding to authors that write about the world through young eyes, growing pains and growing joys, about finding your voice and not letting life and others take it away. Songs inspired by The Fields (Kevin Maher), Paper Aeroplanes (Dawn O’Porter), Maggie and Me (Damian Barr), Enchantment (Pietro Grossi), Breath (Tim Winton - reads), The Last Summer Of Us (Maggie Harcourt), The Winter King (Thomas Penn).
released March 2, 2017
All songs written by Beth Porter, Poppy Pitt and Ben Please, except track 13 which uses some of Shakespeare’s words and tracks 2 & 3, written by Beth Porter and Ben Please. The extract from Perfect by Rachel Joyce is included by kind permission of the author. Tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 12 recorded at Chelvey Court with engineering by James King. Tracks 2 recorded at Christchurch (Rode). Tracks 3 and 8 recorded at Ashley Manor. Track 4, 9 and 10 recorded at Realworld Studios. Track 13 recorded in St Bridget’s Church (Chelvey). String arrangements by Beth Porter.
Mastered by Marco Migliari
Artwork by Nina-Marie Braisby
Inside photos taken at Barter Books & Wigtown (by John Ruddock).
Case design and layout by Ben Please
Cases printed and cut by Opal Print, inserts by Richard Lawrence, disks by Key Production.
Those who directly helped with the album production were Marco Migliari, Emma Hooper, Rachel Joyce, all the musicians who played with us, Brauner microphones and Louis Austin, Microtech Gefell GmbH microphones and Sound Link Pro Audio, Leigh Haggerwood, James King, Richard Evans, Will Cookson, Steve Belgrave, Mike Hillier, Stuart Bruce, Chris Hughes and Ashley Manor, Universal Audio, UA Digital and Source Distribution, Grace Designs, Realworld Studios, The Wigtown Book Festival and The Open Book, Nigel and Jackie at Rave Box Studios, Owen Benson, Anna Botterell and Andrew Hooker Violins, Keith Lunt and co. at Opal Print and Richard Lawrence. Big thank you also to Caroline Waterlow and Ashley Harrow. Big thank you to artist Nina-Marie Braisby for producing the beautiful cover. Thank you to all our Patreon supporters, past and present, including James Patterson and Alan Squire Publishing, and our amazing song sponsors (see tracks for details). Special thank you to all the authors who managed to send in photos of themselves. We’re very grateful and in awe of Nic and Juliette Bottomley and ALL the staff at Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath for curating our reading and advising our path through the literary world. And finally, to all the wonderful authors who have inspired the songs on this album, a big thank you.
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