"Blue-John is the kind of northern visionary who fantasises about being a wall of death rider and offers you teacake when you call."
- John Kennedy of XFM, Dazed & Confused Magazine
Loving and learning from the songs of John Martyn and Bert Jansch, and living in the quirky and yet mysterious seaport of Whitby, I set out to fashion similarly timeless records. I call my collaborators Amateur Humans, and they include my brothers, Thom and Rich, and cousin Peter. We like to do things our way.
A digital-only single release in aid of the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat - an independent lifeboat service! If the tracks below can't be seen and played, then summat's amiss, and you may wish to try using a different browser (that isn't Internet Explorer), click here to listen for free, or seek them out on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify et al.
Arranged and performed by Blue-John Benjamin; Produced by Quidgybopper; Artwork by Elaine Edmunds.
Thank you to The Society of Authors, Literary Representative of the Estate of John Masefield, for allowing us to reference Sea Fever.
Mechanical licenses for Song to the Siren by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett, and River Man by Nick Drake, obtained via Limelight.
When We Were Gone, once sung by Sam Larner, was recorded early one misty morning in Old St Stephen's, o'erlooking Robin Hood's Bay, by sound engineers Tim Crusher and Mark Goodall.
This track begins with a story from the recently-retired salmon fisherman Bob Marsden of Whitby who is now 84. His father was lost out at sea in the war, and, from the age of twelve, Bob provided for his mother and five sisters. It ends with the bell-ringers of St Mary's, recorded inside the church so that the sound of the ropes, and the shouted instructions, can be heard. Whitby is where I live - the place I love and always come back to - and I have done my best to capture its character.
As a 'thank you' for your support, Quidgybopper and I have a free download available - our interpretation of Jeff Buckley's Dream Brother - for those who would like it.