Inspired by ghostly tales and featuring guest performances from Joanne Harris, Jack Wolf, Dave Shelton and ManBooker Prize winner Ben Okri. Also songs inspired by dark tales by Kate Mosse, Aleksander Hemon and ManBooker winner Eleanor Catton.
released October 19, 2016
All tracks written by Ben Please, Beth Porter & Poppy Pitt, except track 8 - written by Ben Please and Beth Porter and track 5 which features words from The Age Of Magic by Ben Okri, and bonus track 12, which is an extract from Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton, used with kind permission from the authors. String arrangements by Beth Porter and Ben Please. All tracks mixed by Ben Please.
Tracks 1, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 recorded at Chelvey Court with engineering from James King. Track 2 recorded at Realworld Studios. Tracks 3 & 4 recorded at Christchurch (Rode). Tracks 5 & 11 recorded at Ashley Manor. Additional recording at Joanne Harris’ house, Dave Shelton’s house, Daunt Books (Marylebone High Street branch), The Open Book (Wigtown), Caroline’s house, Pete’s house and Emma’s house.
Mastered by Marco Migliari
Artwork by Dave Shelton
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 recording were Marco Migliari, Dave Shelton, Ben Okri, Joanne Harris, Jack Wolf, all the musicians who played with us, The Ed Victor Agency, Brauner microphones and Louis Austin, Microtech Gefell GmbH microphones and Sound Link Pro Audio, Leigh Haggerwood, Grace Designs, James King, Richard Evans, Will Cookson, Steve Belgrave, Mike Hillier, Stuart Bruce, Chris Hughes and Ashley Manor, Universal Audio, UA Digital and Source Distribution, Realworld Studios, The Wigtown Book Festival and The Open Book, Brett and everyone at Daunt Books, Nigel and Jackie at Rave Box Studios, Owen beson, 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.
Thank you to all our Patreon supporters, past and present, including James J. Patterson and Alan Squire Publishing, and our song sponsors (see tracks for details). Special thank you to Dave Shelton for doing a stunning cover and creepy hands. 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.
THE BOOKSHOP BAND