de-mixes

Hello!
Kelly and I have just released a special collection of 8 remixes, called ‘de-mixes’, available to download now exclusively from Bandcamp:
There are four songs from Kelly’s album Wave Machine, and four from my album All My Days.
In essence they are ‘de-mixes’, where I have taken the original album recordings and stripped away most of the ornamentation, to leave you with something more raw and closer to how the songs were originally imagined.
A little later in the year we’ll be back with more news on what we’re currently up to behind the scenes. Meanwhile, hope you enjoy the remixes/demixes. 🙂

All My Days

 

“…an exquisite collection of modern folk songs… hugely satisfying… honest and unaffected.” *****  RnR Magazine

“…by any measure, a master of song writing and a compelling singer of mature, reflective adult folk.”  Irish Music Magazine

“You can hear the Neil Finn in this… Booth is a new name to me, and more proof of the depth of British songwriting talent.”  Fatea

So here we are… the new album “All My Days” is out in the world and starting to have some lovely things said about it. Actually, I’m rather overwhelmed by the reaction so far. Ok, not every reviewer will love it. It’s a taste thing, after all. But so many kind words have flowed from virtual pens and remote radio mouths already. I’m very grateful.

As with all my releases, the album is over on Bandcamp, as well as all the streaming services of course.

Summer and Sweden

It’s been a lovely summer for the Booth/Bayfield music machine. Around studio work, various gigs with our friends Drew Young, Andy Trill & Steve Mears, and final preparations for getting Kelly’s delayed album out in to the world, we’ve been fortunate to once again feature at our two favourite festivals – Maverick and Folk East.

Folk East was particularly memorable this year. In their 10th anniversary year, we were finally (after a two-year postponement) able to bring together the tribute concert to our inspirational and much-missed friend Mat Bayfield. Featuring Honey & The Bear, Eric Sedge, The Young Uns and Bayfield Booth with Mat’s youngest daughter Madi on lead vocals and his brother Chris on cajon, songs were sung and warm words of fond memories were spoken by Mat’s father, Stephen. Mat’s final appearance at Folk East was with Eric in 2019, and his parting words were “I’ll be back”. We like to think that on Saturday 20th August 2022, we were able to help him, through his music, fulfil that promise.

Before the pandemic, Kelly and I started building connections and making friends in and around Örebro, Sweden, thanks to our globe-trotting musical friend Drew Young. Last month we were all able to return for a quick trip to do a couple of gigs and a day filming live performances in the mighty Joe Vegna’s studio. But that was just the starter. This time tomorrow we’ll have begun the main course with a two-week trip, taking in multiple shows across the Live At Heart and Tiveden Americana festivals, plus a three-day songwriting camp in the beautiful forests of Tiveden. Jättebra!

More news soon about the album I’m currently working on, and the grant I’ve received from the wonderful Help Musicians. 🙂

DEB, 28th August, 2022

Have guitar, will pose for photos

photo by Alex Blades

It’s been a while since I had a solo photo shoot. But then it’s been a while since I took myself seriously enough as an artist, if I’m honest, to justify the need for a new set of ‘on purpose’ photos. That may sound surprising what with me being a full-time music-maker. But for the last eleven years I’ve been a full-time producer of other artists, and more recently ever-present sidekick with Kelly Bayfield. That’s different. It’s not my name on the tin.
But now I’m in the middle of producing a new David Edward Booth album, and I think it’s going to be pretty good. So perhaps it’s time to stop hiding behind other people all the time? But I can still hide behind the guitar!
I recently met fantastic photographer Alex Blades via the equally excellent Abi Moore, with whom I’ve been working again in the day job. Alex is a splendid chap, easy to get on with and super-talented with a camera. We went for a walk just down the road from my studio and I attempted to become at one with the landscape. The sky way amazing, but there was an absolutely freezing wind coming from the north, so we were only out for 20 minutes. But that was long enough for Alex to do a great job on this ageing muso.

photo by Alex Blades

So all I have to do now is finish the album and get rehearsing for some shows. At the very least I’ll be popping up in Colchester in late May, at Folk East in various guises, and later in the year back at the town of my birth – Buxton in Derbyshire. Keep an eye on the gigs page.

Songwriting in the wilderness

I got back home 15 days ago, having been away for 8 days for the Knoydart Songwriting Retreat. It’s taken me this long to get around to forming some words in this way because I’m still processing what was a perception-changing, mind-blowing, life-enhancing experience.

I spotted this retreat back in late 2020, went through the application process and was very excited to be accepted. It was originally supposed to happen in June, but got postponed like a lot of things. This postponement turned out to be a good thing as it gave my best friend and closest music collaborator Kelly chance to apply too. She was also accepted and suddely we had a road trip, with a difference (the last bit is by boat for a starters!) in the diary for late September.

I would be writing for ever if I tried to convey just what an impact this trip has had on not just Kelly and I, but also the nine other songwriters attending the retreat. Suffice to say we have all come home feeling independently creatively fired up, but also determined to stay in touch and support each other.

Our mentors were Shelly Poole and Paul Statham (with the added bonus of Shelly’s husband, Texas guitarist Ally McErlaine, who has to be one of the nicest guys on planet Earth). You only have to do a quick search to discover just how many famous names Shelly & Paul have written hit songs with, so we knew they’d have gems of wisdom to offer. What we didn’t know was just how open they would be with sharing their insights, ideas, experiences. We couldn’t have wished for more generous guides.


I did this trip for a lot of reasons: To learn from the mentors, and from the other songwriters (I did); To see if I could get up, be given a songwriting task, get on with it in the manner of just getting on with doing any job, and have a decent song, or part of, by the end of the day (I did); To see if I could succesfully & enjoyably collaborate with a different ‘stranger’ (actually we all got to know each other pretty quick), with a different background and different approaches to music, every day (I did/could); Fairly low on the list was the hope that I might come home with some new songs to put on the album I’ve started making. Two new David Edward Booth songs (Following Tracks and As I Have Always Done) did indeed appear while I was there. Time will tell if they appear on the album.

I already knew I loved the Scottish Highlands & Islands. This trip just made that feeling stronger, and I hope to spend more time up there in the not-too-distant future. And if you’re a songwriter looking for some space, geographically and emotionally, I can’t recommend this part of the world and these retreats highly enough.


So, back to reality, and to making music in my new studio in rural Suffolk. But before I go, I must say a huge thank you, in true awards ceremony style, to the bunch of people who made Knoydart so special…

My little family, who support me endlessly.

The other songwriters (& new friends) – Lauren, Ian, Susie, Joe, Danielle, Emma, Anita, Emily, Nigel.

The mentors – Shelly (and Ally!) and Paul.

The Knoydart Songwriting Retreat founders – Janey de Nordwall and Duncan Lewis.

Belinda & Pete, who looked after us so well!

And finally, I will be eternally grateful to Kelly, who was brave/daft enough to join me on this 8-day adventure into the unknown, and to Mat Bayfield, who did so much to set Kelly and I off on this new musical journey. We will miss him always.

Dx

Blackbird – out on 26th March

New song – Blackbird– is out now on all good digital download & streaming platforms.
It started life in Örebro, Sweden as a poem, written by my friend Tomas Dahlberg. Since then it has steadily grown into an epic collaboration with Andy Trill (bass), Jonathan Evans (cello) Kelly Bayfield (voice), Kevin Walford (guitar), Roisin O’Hagan (voice – she also wrote the part she sings), Mats Hård (flugel). Joe Vegna mastered it. And finally Lucy Hart created the wonderful bird you now see.
Go to the music page to have a listen and if you like it, perhaps you could buy it? But I’ll leave that up to you.
DEB 26/3/21