Recorded over 3 years... in 11 countries... featuring 136 musicians.
When I embarked on this journey in the beginning of January 2017, I had no idea that this body of work would become such a big part of my everyday life. Being constantly on the road presented many challenges in bringing this record to life.
Armed solely with a laptop, an external sound card, 2 Shure microphones (SM58 & SM57) and the onboard voice recorder on my cellphone I began obsessively collecting sound. Soon it became my deepest passion. Meeting all these wonderful musicians around the globe and spending hours in nature capturing as many field recordings as I could, has been a religious pilgrimage.
Slowly the record began writing itself…
20 songs naturally whittled down to the 10 that ultimately found their way to press.
Now 3 years later and thousands of hours captured, it is my greatest honour to be able to present my proudest body of work to-date.
’an Unwritten Life’ for me, which features recordings from South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, St Helena, Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, The United Sates, Germany, France, Norway (and somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic whist crossing an ocean) is a sonic photo album of years of refining my craft.
Aside from 4 session musicians in the last throws of the album, every single artist on the record, gave their time/passion/love freely. I really cannot express the amount of gratitude I feel for the musicians way, and their constant reinvention.
Additional Vocals and Lyrics
Jet Black Woman - Amy May Roux and Blondie Chaplin (‘For your precious love’ appears courtesy of Steve Fataar from the Flames 1980’s album , 'That's Enough').
Beth - Rufaro Nicole Nyathi.
Frequency - Shannon Devy
Radiate - Shannon Devy and Lana Crowster
Drums - Darren Petersen : Piano and Organ - Domenico Benigno / David Goldberg : Pedalsteel and Lead guitar - Richard Case : Lead Guitars - Andre Geldenhuys, Tim Parr, Steve Fataar, Theo Crous, Leroi Nel, Kieron Brown : Papoose - Robin Gallagher : Violin Rayelle Goodman : Cello - Ben Bart and Natasha Otero : Trumpet - Lee Thomson : Saxophone and Clarinets - Paulo Costa : Trombone - Christian Chandler : Flute - Allesandro Gigli : Bass - Ben Badenhorst : Native Flute - Tiokasin Ghosthorse : Chain Gang - Alan Lomax : Drakondale Girls Choir - Anele Mncube, Rufaro Nyathi, Glenore Richards, Karla Hay, Imke Hay, Lauren Wood, Lwandlekazi Zaca, Amahle Dlamini, Molly Jonsson, Nokuthula Ndlovu, Nonala Zondi, Sne Myeni, Nqobile Mkhasibe, Nozizwe Ntshangase, Sarah-Leigh Bokwe, Senamile Ngcobo, Tshegofatso Ditsele, Siphokazi Jali, Khanya Khoza, Cassiopeia Dukes, Hannah Vieweger, Chlòe Coetzee, Jessica Rorich, Hannah Lelong, Jordyn-Lee Moosa, Aphile Mdlalose : Backing Vocals - Julien Draper : Bowsaw - Guy Buttery : The Bellville Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Theo Crous : The Woodstock Golden Arrow Choir.
Special thanks to...Theo Crous for the guidance in final mix, Philip and Elsie Pells & Karen Phillips for always giving me a home base when in Cape Town. My core band for always having my back even when I disappear for months on end. To my parents Stan and Colleen for letting me be whatever I could dream of. Kavish Rajpaul ( ) for always documenting the band like only his lens can.
Dedicated in memoriam to Stanley Andrew van Druten & Beth Margret Tomlinson