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Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries

A setting of Housman’s poem (from Last Poems rather than A Shropshire Lad.  I came across an alternative version I’d forgotten. I didn’t like the vocal much, but I did like the synth and guitars, so I’ve done a little … Continue reading

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Breathe My Lute [demo]

NB Better/later recording here. [Updated versions, 23rd October 2016] One of my Housman settings. However, this one isn’t from A Shropshire Lad. Near-ready version? Version with harmony vocal (demo for collaborative venture, but I might develop that.) Every so often, … Continue reading

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A Shropshire Lad XVIII and XIII [demo]

I wrote the tune for A Shropshire Lad XVIII (Oh when I was in love with you) back in the 80s (and always sang it unaccompanied). Much more recently, I noticed that the same tune fits just as well for XIII … Continue reading

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A Shropshire Lad VIII (Farewell to Severn Shore) demo

A Shropshire Lad VIII (which I call Farewell to Severn Shore for want of a catchier title).  My setting of a poem by A.E. Housman from ‘A Shropshire Lad’. All rights reserved. Video: Mastered audio capture of the performance: Backup:   Homestudio … Continue reading

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A Shropshire Lad XXI [demo]

A Shropshire Lad XXI (Bredon Hill) Words by A.E. Housman, set to a tune by David Harley. All rights reserved.  Probably the first of my settings of Housman’s verse, from the 1970s, though the recording is much more recent. This is … Continue reading

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A Shropshire Lad XLVII (The Carpenter’s Son) – demo

Words by A.E. Housman, set to a tune by David Harley. All rights reserved.  NB later/better recordings can be found here. Demo version of my setting of Housman’s poem (A Shropshire Lad XLVII) with sketches for a guitar part. I’m much … Continue reading

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