Blencathra View Traditional Folk

Released July 29, 2020

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Composition

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James Fraser ("offthewall")
South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom
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Composition, production.

Sound Recording

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James Fraser ("offthewall")
South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom
Other releases
Composition, all instruments, production.
Artist's Notes

There's bit of a mixed tale behind this one.
One is to do with particular instruments and the other is for a person.
The person is a very old friend who moved away so I feel obliged, from time to time, to send her stuff to keep the homesickness at bay.
Quite some years ago she and her (now late) husband bought a plot of land and had their home built purposely to have a vantage point where they could get a full time view, from the kitchen window, of this particular hill in the English Lake District.
Blencathra also know as saddleback. This was the inspiration behind the composition.
Now. The instruments.
A few years back I happened to pick up a bargain price Bouzouki. It is an Octavius model from Fylde Guitars.
I always hankered after something from this prestigious maker but they were always out of my price range.
Since acquiring that bouzouki I took a more active interest in their work and followed everything I could find about the company.
These beautiful instruments are hand made by Roger Bucknall (MBE) and his small team of three craftsmen.
For the past year or two I have been saving up everything I could manage to try and get a guitar from them.
A few weeks ago a realised my dream when I found a used Alexander model within by budget.
I felt I should do something to showcase the two instruments together and the catalyst was that Roger and his Fylde Guitars workshop are in the same town as the one my friend lived in, overlooked by Blencathra.
So ... two birds with one stone!

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