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Dancing With Ghosts - Spirit of Beblow: Impressions of Holy Island (2014)

24-08-2014, 06:55
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Dancing With Ghosts - Spirit of Beblow: Impressions of Holy Island (2014)

Artist: Dancing With Ghosts
Title Of Album: Spirit of Beblow: Impressions of Holy Island
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Dancing With Ghosts
Genre: Folk, Contemporary
Total Time: 54:43 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 135 mb / 327 mb

This is an album of instrumentals and songs written about, or inspired by the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland.

‘Beblow Crag’ is the rock on which the castle at Lindisfarne was originally constructed during the reign of Henry VIII, between the years 1550 and 1572.

The original idea for the ‘suite’, to be a little pretentious, came from a walk on nearby Spittal beach. Holy Island and Bamburgh are clearly visible from the beach and this inspired Karl to write a short instrumental, called ‘From Spittal Beach’. (Karl generally has not been renowned for writing instrumental pieces, having been a singer–songwriter for many years). In collaboration with instrumentalist and studio wizard Gary Hetherington, this tune was developed and became the first piece on the CD.

A short time later, during a visit to the island, Karl was to overhear a lady, walking near the priory who said to her friend,"It’s beautiful, feels just like the gate to Heaven". This inspired a further piece of music, a song entitled ‘Heaven’s Gate’ and from there the idea for what Karl called ‘a small suite for Holy Island’ was born. A further song, ‘Pilgrims’ Way' was written and this was followed by the instrumental ‘St Aidan’s Walk’. This would have marked the completion of the ‘small suite’.......... ​

​However, the work seemed to then take on a life of its own, as ideas started emerging, initially from Karl and Gary, leading to more songs and instrumentals. Karl wrote the song ‘Seagulls’ and Gary penned ‘Causeway Crossing’ and ‘Inner Farne’ A further piece from Karl, ‘St Cuthbert’s Air’ came next and then a song based on the story of one of the Lifeboats that sailed from the Island in the early 1900’s, the ‘Lizzie Porter’. Further discussions with Andy Waterhouse produced a fine set of lyrics from him, which Karl wrote music to and ‘Boat Sheds and Lime Kilns’ became the next song. Another song from Gary followed, entitled 'Holy Island' and then a further air from Karl, ‘Jekyll’s Garden'.

Another instrumental written by Gary, was given the name by Andy of ‘Ned and Bumps’, this being the nicknames of Edward Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. The last instrumental was an evocative piece written by Karl and arranged by Gary called ‘Low Tide’.

The final song to be written for the album, ‘The Storm’ was written by Karl and Andy and was inspired by the Viking raids in the year 793. Gary added the excellent dramatic backdrop to this song.

Thus, what started out as ‘a small suite for Holy Island’ became ‘The Spirit of Beblow – Visions of Holy Island’.

We hope you enjoy the work!!


1. From Spittal Beach 02:19
2. Pilgrims' Way 04:25
3. Inner Farne 03:01
4. The Storm 05:28
5. Causeway Crossing 02:13
6. Boat Sheds & Lime Kilns 06:00
7. St Cuthbert's Air 01:53
8. Heaven's Gate 03:49
9. Ned & Bumps 03:15
10. Lizzie Porter 04:14
11. Jekyll's Garden 01:54
12. Seagulls 05:03
13. Low Tide 02:08
14. Holy Island 04:24
15. St Aidan's Walk 04:31



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