The Birdcage Sessions

I’m very happy to present you with this album which is my labour of lockdown loveWith no work and no band members for a year I put on a brave face and learned how to sound engineer and play a few more instruments. And I wrote, wrote, and wrote. “The Birdcage Sessions” idea was about new songs being set free like little birds, reminding, embodying and promising the feeling of freedom again. They inevitably expressed my take on the crazy world of 2020-21. The murder of George Floyd and the BLM awakening had a big impact on many of us. “Birdcage Blues” is in part a response to that and stands in solidarity with that struggle. Some songs began as tributes to guitar stylists from the Afro-American legacy who I have long studied (Charlie Patton, Son House, Robert Belfour and Fred McDowell in particular) and some started with poems, for example thoughts from looking up through my skylight window. Many deal with our relationship to nature in this year when this all went so horribly wrong. The English songwriting tradition was buried under a factory in this cradle of capitalism, so many of my generation grew up looking across the Atlantic for inspiration. As well as the Afro-American music forms that I have been studying in detail since I was 15, the Folk boom of the 1960s joined the Beatles/Classic Rock era influences of my peers. Lyrically, Porter/Gershwin/Rodgers/Louis Jordan/ Dylan and Cohen are among the bigger waves in the sea of influences on my own songwriting. The only cover on this album,“Amazing Grace” I played at my best friend’s funeral and I included it to give a moment to remember those we lost this last year. Of course for thousands of years, songsters and musicians helped us celebrate and dance; express joy and love; rise above grief, loss, loneliness and hardship; and sometimes just told the news or shouted out injustice. The tracks here, as on all my albums, are in that tradition. My son Xavi played cello on 3 tracks but all the rest is me alone in the home studio. Incidentally I also started painting and the cd art is mine this time too. So from this topsy-turvy year I have made a new album of songs which I am ready to set free from the Birdcage. I hope they find ways to sing out to you”.





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Eddie Talks About the album on YouTube    YouTube Full Video of “Before We Wake Up”  YouTube Full Video of “Happy Broke and Free”

Album CD Wallet Art

Track Listing, Full Lyrics and Instrumentation

 

REVIEWS 5/5 “Excellent” from Music Republic Magazine

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