These songs accidentally came together in Leeds over two nights during a long week housesitting for family.
I have always wanted to try Ruins By The Shore which is a Nic Jones song. I have never heard his original, all I have as reference is a beautiful rendition from Warwick Folk Festival in 2012.
One Irish Rover is a Van Morrison song but it's pretty much a folk song as far as I'm concerned. I like his recorded version, but not as much as a stripped down version one he did in Athens with Bob Dylan in 1989, sitting on a hillside overlooking the Acropolis. I tried to capture Dylan's guitar line in the piano.
I Was Young When I Left Home is a throwaway Bob Dylan ditty. Its listed as traditional and I presume it's take from 500 Miles. It's been covered by Anohni and a few others.
I Have Become Afraid. This song was an accident and just happened at about 2am on the 21st of September, I had made a backing track and then a melody came and when I looked in my notepad I had an unused line or two that I squeezed in.
Eileen Aroon is a traditional song done in DADGAD from the 18th Century covered rarely as far as I can tell. A beautiful version exists by the McPeake Family. I usually perform this with Patrick Lawrence playing violin, I added piano to this and a violin may appear on this recording before too long..
The Daemon Lover (House Carpenter). This recording is from 2 years ago and it happened by experimenting in DADGAD. It's all in the riff.
Artwork by Jane Adams