Thursday, 26 April 2012

Sea battles, intrigue, scandal and murder

Alan Reid and Rob van Sante
‘The Adventures of John Paul Jones’ is a new folk album from Alan Reid and Rob van Sante that catalogues the life of this fascinating Scottish born sailor who achieved fame and notoriety during the American War of Independence.

Alan immersed himself in Jones’ story and has composed a whole album of songs and tunes written in folk styles of the different countries associated with the seafarer - and accompanied by Rob’s first class musical, recording and engineering skills.

The duo are complemented on the album by a bunch of talented musicians; Wendy Weatherby and John Martin from Scotland,
Ian Fairbairn and Mark Chillington from England, John Herrmann from North Carolina and brothers Eric and Nico Hueber from Mulhouse in France.

The album will be premiered at two special events for the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival (3rd & 4th June). The performances will feature guest musicians Colin Train on accordion and keyboard and Laurie Crump on whistle, fiddle and recorder.

John Paul Jones

Actress Janis Marshall (of Unscene Productions) will read and act (in the form of radio theatre), adopting a range of female characters, including an old crone (à la MacBeth witch) who speaks in rhyme and comments on the action.

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