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Silver Muse

by Jake Walton

These songs have spanned four decades. I have re-recorded some old favourites along with more recent compositions. My inspiration has come from the Celtic lands with their myths and legends, the cycles of nature and our place in it.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Music Makers
3:35 $0.99
2. The West Wind
4:00 $0.99
3. By the Margin of the Great Deep
4:24 $0.99
4. Emain
4:40 $0.99
5. Tom O' Bedlam's Dream
3:28 $0.99
6. Silver Muse
3:48 $0.99
7. Beyond the Veil
3:10 $0.99
8. Sunlight & Shade
4:45 $0.99
9. Tristan's Song
4:09 $0.99
10. Trees
4:42 $0.99
11. After the Plough
3:25 $0.99
12. The Lake Isle of Innisfree
3:17 $0.99
13. September Morning
4:03 $0.99
14. All That's Past
3:33 $0.99
15. White Wave Sea
3:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
'Silver Muse' A definitive collection of songs by Jake Walton.

Jake Walton: (Vocals, Guitars, Dulcimer, Hurdy Gurdy)
Eric Liorzou: (Mandola, Guitars, Programming/Samples)

Special Guests:
Bryony Holden (Harmony Vocals) Jez Lowe (Cittern)
Pete ‘Peewee’ Coleman (Recorders) Alex West (Flute)
Erin Holden (Dulcimer, Shaker) David De La Haye (Bass guitar)
Kathryn Wheeler (Accordion) Athene Roberts (Fiddle)

Recorded by
Paul Reeve: Vocals on tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 14,
Guitars/Mandola on tracks 1, 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14,
Hurdy Gurdy on track 8, Bass on track 1
Pete ‘Peewee’ Coleman: Recorders on track 11.
Pat Peron: Eric Liorzou: Guitars/Mandola/Samples on tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 12,
Violin on tracks 5, 6, 7, Vocals on track 12.
Erin Holden: Vocals on tracks 3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15,
Harmony vocals on tracks 2, 4, 6, 10, 11. Dulcimers & Wood-block on track 11,
Accordion on tracks 10, 11. Flute on track 9 Shakers on track 8.
Mark Ellis: Cittern on track 1, Violin on tracks 1, 2

Recorded at …........ Airfield Studios Cornwall and on Location
Produced by …........Erin Holden & Pete ‘Peewee’ Coleman
Mastering …............ Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering
CD Replication ..… Audiotree UK
Sleeve Design …... Erin Holden & Jake Walton
Artwork by …........... Vivien Nicholson
Cover Photo …....... Kirsten Claire
Hurdy Gurdy …...... Chris Eaton
Guitars …................ C.F. Martin. Gibson & Brook
Dulcimer .............… Sunhearth USA
All music published by Bucks Music LTD London.

Track Notes:

1) The Music Makers:
Words: Arthur O’Shaughnessy Music: Jake Walton
Jake: Guitar/Vocals Jez: Cittern Athene: Violin Dave: Bass
This is an adaptation of O’Shaughnesy’s famous poem. I first recorded it in the early 1980’s, but this version was recorded after a 30 year reunion tour with Jez Lowe in Germany 2011 with David De La Haye on bass. I sing it to thank all the old minstrels, troubadours and keepers of the sacred songs for the inspiration they have given us.

2) The West Wind:
Words: John Masefield Music: Jake Walton
Jake: Guitar/Vocals Eric: Mandola
Bryony: Harmony vocal Athene: Violin
I decided to remix the version which I recorded on my Emain CD with the addition of Athene Roberts on fiddle and Bryony Holden on harmony vocals. The poem has a special poignancy for me as I think of the West land as Cornwall which is my home now and which has always been my spiritual home.

3) By the Margin of the Great Deep:
Words: George Russell Music: Jake Walton
Jake: Guitar/Vocals Eric: Guitar
A poem by George Russell (A.E.) the famous Irish mystic and seer and friend of W.B Yeats. The Great Deep is said to refer to the “Great Mother” known by many names including Isis.

4) Emain:
Words & Music: Jake Walton
Jake: Guitar/Vocals Eric: Mandola Bryony: Harmony Vocals
The story of Emain dates back to the 6th or 7th century. The Irish king Bran is visited by a strange woman holding a silver branch from an apple tree. She sings a song calling Bran and his company away to her island home, although not all of those assembled hear her call. This story for me echoes the Celtic people’s deepest desire to penetrate the otherworld.

5) Tom O'Bedlam's Dream:
Words: Traditional Music: Jake Walton
Jake: Guitar/Vocals Eric: Guitar Athene: Violin
For me this is a heartfelt poem of which there are many versions. In this version, Tom is driven insane by his love for the muse; yet she destroys only to quicken. After confronting the dark side of his psyche, he regains his wits and becomes wise. He is the archetype of the 'Wounded healer'.

6) Silver Muse:
Words & Music: Jake Walton
Jake: Guitar/Vocals Eric: Mandola
Bryony: Harmony Vocals Athene: Fiddle
This song was based on an old Celtic blessing for the new moon. The “Lady of the silver wheel” also known as Arianrhod was said to hold the threads of life and the keys to immortality.

7) Beyond The Veil:
Words: Jake Walton/Jez Lowe Music: Eric Liorzou
Jake: Vocals/Hurdy Gurdy Eric: Guitar/Mandola/Programming/Samples.
Athene: Fiddle Bryony: Harmony Vocals
In today’s world we seem to have lost touch with the “unseen”. This song harks back to a time when it was still possible to walk between the worlds.

8) Sunlight and Shade:
Words & Music: Jake Walton
Jake: Guitar/Hurdy Gurdy Eric: Mandola Erin: Shakers
Sunlight & Shade was the title track of my 2nd solo LP. This simplified version uses just guitar/mandola/hurdy gurdy. The song was written for a Romany Gypsy called Ceth Boswell.

9) Tristan’s Song:
Words & Music: Jake Walton
Jake: Guitar/Vocals Alex: Flute
I started to play in the Cornish folk clubs during the summers of the late 1960’s. Brenda Wootton ran one club, “The Pipers”, which was situated on the cliffs at
Botallack. I remember sitting on the stage gazing out to sea towards the lost land of Lyonesse, watching the sun go down. It wasn’t hard to feel inspired by the story of Tristan and Isolde. I recorded this song on my first solo LP, ‘The Gloaming Grey’.

10) Trees:
Words: Jake Walton Music: Jake Walton/Eric Liorzou
Jake: Guitar/Vocals Eric: Mandola Bryony: Harmony Vocals Kathryn: Accordion
This song is based on a folk tale about how the Oak and Elm trees were old friends and that if the Elm died, the Oak would also die. In fact, now that the English Elm has almost vanished due to English Elm disease, the Oak is also threatened by disease along with several other species.

11) After the Plough:
Words: E.J. Coatsworth Music: Jake Walton
Jake: Vocals/Dulcimer Erin: Dulcimer/Percussion Bryony: Harmony Vocals
Pete: Recorders Kathryn: Accordion
Taken from the poem “St Eval” by Elizabeth J. Coatsworth. The sight of seagulls following the plough and freshly turned earth is a common one in the South West. This Cornish poem captures for me the reflective moods of autumn. It was Erin who suggested I revive the song which I hadn’t played for 30 years!

12) The Lake Isle of Innisfree:
Words: W.B. Yeats Music: Jake Walton
Jake: Guitar/Vocals Eric: Guitar
Innisfree is a small island on Lough Gill in Ireland. It is said Yeats wrote this poem in London when feeling homesick for his beloved Co Sligo.

13) September Morning:
Words & Music: Jake Walton
Jake: Guitar/Vocals Eric: Mandola
I wrote this song in the late 1960’s after a period of travelling. It was Erin and Bryony who suggested that I revive it again.

14) All That’s Past:
Words: Walter De La Mare Music: Jake Walton
Jake: Guitar/Vocals Eric: Guitar
The rose is a goddess symbol for the Celts and this poem reflects the passing beauty and transience of life. A reminder to look on lovely things as if we may never see them again.

15) White Wave Sea:
Words: Traditional/Jake Walton Music: Jake Walton
Jake: Guitar/Vocals Eric: Guitar
I found a fragment of an old Irish prayer and with the addition of a few words of my own, tried to turn it into a song. This was the result.
“To the maker of all things, lord worship we, heaven white with angels wings, earth and white wave sea. To the north, the star of hope, to the east the spring, from the south the summer comes, west the autumn brings, bright autumn brings”

Thanks to all the musicians, especially Eric Liorzou for his time and input.
Many thanks to my German agent Gabi Nendel for her help and support during the
European tours from 1975 - 2011, to Carsten Linde for producing the early albums and for all his support. Thanks also to Jez Lowe for his collaboration and friendship over the years. Thanks to Vivien Nicholson for the beautiful artwork.
A very special thanks to Erin and Bryony Holden whose help with the project has been invaluable.



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