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Take My Hand

by Paul Gateshill

A refreshing mix of musical styles and lyrics which resonate deeply, this album will lift your heart and soul.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love Is Coming Home Again (feat. Paul White, Sav Buttaci, Bethany Friery)
4:18 $0.99
2. Open Your Eyes (feat. Paul White, Sav Buttaci, Bethany Friery)
4:24 $0.99
3. The Ferry Man's Tale (Part 1) [feat. Anna Frazer, Paul White]
3:55 $0.99
4. Maybe (feat. Paul White, Sav Buttaci, Mark Gateshill, Bethany Friery, Kevan Bundell)
5:15 $0.99
5. Precious Jewel (Revisited) [feat. Anna Frazer, Paul White, Mark Gateshill, Sav Buttaci, Bethany Friery, Kevan Bundell]
4:03 $0.99
6. In Your Eyes (feat. Anna Frazer, Bethany Friery)
3:16 $0.99
7. Keep On Running (feat. Paul White, Mark Gateshill, Bethany Friery, Sav Buttaci)
5:12 $0.99
8. Sailor Boy (feat. Paul White, Sav Buttaci, Bethany Friery)
5:09 $0.99
9. Sensa Voce (feat. Anna Frazer)
3:21 $0.99
10. On My Way (feat. Anna Frazer, Paul White, Bethany Friery)
4:05 $0.99
11. Life Is a Mystery (feat. Paul White, Anna Frazer, Sav Buttaci)
4:55 $0.99
12. Take My Hand (feat. Bethany Friery, Paul White, Sav Buttaci, Mark Gateshill)
6:50 $0.99
13. The Ferry Man's Tale (Part 2) [feat. Anna Frazer]
2:28 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Take my hand - Sleeve Notes

It’s now 12 years since 'Years in the Making' emerged in 2002, so I’m delighted to be able to bring you Take my hand.
Special thanks go to each member of the band. They are superb musicians to work with and this CD would have been poorer without each one. So thanks to:
• Bethany Friery for her awesome vocals and magical flute. When I listen to each track I am more than aware how her contribution lifts each song to another level..... Take my hand is a fine example. Also listen to the wonderful harmonies on Sailor boy and Open your eyes. Thanks also to Beth's husband Tim for the excellent CD Cover and sleeve design.
• Anna Frazer and her haunting cello. Anna is one of the few classical musicians I know that can extemporise freely with soul and sensitivity. Listen to the cello accompaniment to In your eyes. This album introduces 2 instrumental pieces: The Ferry Man's Tale (Part 1) and Sensa Voce. I wouldn't have dared do this without Anna's exquisite cello accompaniment.
• Paul, Sav and Mark are simply a joy to work with. They have serious funk and have been a tightly knit band since they were at school together. You can hear this particularly on Maybe. I am truly honoured that they would even consider backing an old codger like me!
Special thanks must go to Kevan Bundell who skilfully engineered the entire CD. He is a very patient and skilled man! More important is the fact that he is married to Vasu who produces some of the best indian food in the known universe.
Last of all, heartfelt thanks to my wonderful wife Mary for always being there for me and understanding my need to make and share music.
The songs on this album are concerned with our daily struggle to be human. By 'human' I mean all this is good and sacred in fulfilled humanity. I love the last line of the poem ‘If you think’ by Lotte Moos: ‘We are all one, one trembling human flesh.’ Many of the songs on the album are about friendship, about the importance of solidarity and community. Life is indeed a mystery but ‘Maybe if there’s love in all that we do, maybe we’ll pull through...?’

Paul Gateshill (July 2014)

Influences and style

Many people over the years have asked me to describe my music and I have always found it difficult to categorise. I suppose the one element that unifies it is the prominence of the acoustic guitar, even when it moves from acoustic to rock and pop. So perhaps ‘heavy folk’ might be a good description? My early influences were, of course the Beatles, together with Simon and Garfunkel and Donovan. Then the Incredible String Band gently stormed in and freed me up, tuning in my ears to Celtic influences fused with the music of the Middle East and India! After that came a variety of influences including Zappa, Jefferson Airplane, Hendrix, Fairport Convention and Pink Floyd.
Guitar influences include Richard Thompson, Mark Knopfler, Hendrix and Santana. Also Tir na Nog and Nick Drake of course.
Today I’m listening to KT Tunstall, Annie Lennox and St Germaine and anything with soul!

‘Take my Hand’ - Track Notes

Love is coming home again
This track has a nice South American feel to it. The acoustic guitar leads with some nice fretless bass from Sav Buttaci. It is a song in praise of friendship and written in homage to all my friends. I love the vocal harmonies and flute provided by Beth Friery. Sometimes I feel that a song has written itself. So much so, that I can listen to it and appreciate it as if someone else had written it. This is one of those songs.

Open your eyes
Again the acoustic guitar leads this song with its intricate bluesy style. The close upfront rawness of the vocals reminds me for some reason of early Jefferson Airplane. That must mean that Beth Friery is really Grace Slick.....

The Ferry Man’s Tale (Part 1)
When you put an acoustic guitar together with a cello, you get a Nick Drake composition, it seems! Anna Frazer (cello) is a superb musician to work with. She needs little direction and just feels the music instinctively. This instrumental is inspired by my love of the River Thames. I wonder what happened to part 2?

This is one of my favourite songs on the album. The trio of son Mark Gateshill with school friends Sav Buttaci (bass) and Paul White (drums) is very tight. The introductory retro guitar is how I originally conceived the song but then they spoilt it all by funking it up. What can you do? What can you say? Beth’s vocals again lift the song to another level.

Precious jewel (Revisited!)
This song originally appeared on ‘Outside the Cage’ by the ‘Newboys’ in 1985. It became an anthem for our band and was even played live on Radio 1! I keep revisiting this theme in different songs – the fact that the person next to me might appear to be a boring nerd, but if I really make the effort, is a ‘precious jewel’ just waiting to be appreciated and welcomed.
Originally the song was in A minor, but we had to move it down a whole tone for me to reach the notes. We have also slowed the whole song down and replaced the slick pop/reggae bass with a more rustic cello. Hope you like it.

In your eyes
This song is all about holding my son Mark in my arms just seconds after he was born. It was one of those sacred moments that have remained with me. In fact the experience was so strong that I was unable to articulate it until about 20 years after the event, when holding a friend’s baby. Again thanks to Anna’s haunting cello and Beth’s sublime harmonies.

Keep on running
Originally I wrote a completely different version of this song. However, it sounded so like a Paul Simon ‘Gracelands’ number that I decided revisit it and completely re-wrote the melody using the acoustic guitar riff as the main frame for the song. Once again the lads (Mark, Sav and Paul) done good, with Beth adding some stunning vocal harmonies.

Sailor boy
This song is all about my eldest brother, Trevor, who died prematurely of alcohol abuse. He left home at 16 when I was a baby and was never happier than when he was in the navy. He had to leave the life he loved when he married and sadly the marriage didn’t last long. Life is a mystery but that’s another story.
The acoustic guitar is tuned to DADGAD for those interested in that kind of thing....

Sensa voce
The second instrumental on the album for acoustic guitar and cello. I’m hoping the BBC grab this one and use it as the theme tune for a very successful gardening programme or costume drama.

On my way
I had the guitar for this for many years and knew that if I waited patiently the lyrics would eventually arrive. I love the understated instrumental in the middle of the song- just a few chords from the second guitar. The older I get, the more I realise that ‘less is more’

Life is a mystery
Paul White grabs the spotlight in this song with his superb vocals on the chorus. I like the contrast between our voices, between chorus and verse. Sometimes life throws things at us which are difficult to fathom. We might have a philosophical, pragmatic or faith response, but in the end.... Life ultimately is a mystery.

Take my hand
The title track bounces along providing a nice ambience. Once again Beth Friery provides some stunning vocals especially in the acappella moments.

Hope you enjoy listening to these tracks as much as we enjoyed making them!

Dedicated to the memory of Manfred Kochinky (1957-2013) and Grahame White (1949-2008)

• Presence – Presence (1976)
• Outside the Cage – Newboys (1985)
• Secret Lives – Ivor and Kevan Bundell (2001)
• Years in the Making – Paul Gateshill (2002)
• Stood on the Shore – Ivor and Kevan Bundell (2006)
• Far as Far – Ivor and Kevan Bundell (2010)
• Take my hand – Paul Gateshill (2014)

Take my hand

Mike Liddy review’s Paul Gateshill latest CD: Take my hand

It may have been twelve years since his last studio album but Paul’s latest musical outing, 'Take my hand,' has been worth the wait. From the graceful interplay between acoustic guitar and fretless bass in the opening moments of the first track, ‘Love is Coming Home Again,’ to the almost sitar like musings of the final ‘mystery bonus’ track, Paul shows that his virtuosity and song crafting abilities continue to be in the rudest of health.

Everything you might expect from a Paul Gateshill album is here: tight winsome harmonies, exquisite picking, tuneful folk beats and the trademark Knopfler meets Richard Thompson masterful guitar solos. What is also a great pleasure with this album is hearing Paul running the gamut of a host of musical styles, demonstrating he is equally at home with acoustic folk, down-home country, rock, pop and amazingly joyful funk. In fact ‘joy’ is probably the word I would most associate with this collection of songs. Much of the lyrical content alludes to life being something of a mystery but Paul’s album reminds me of the distinction famously offered between the Modernist and the Postmodernist. Both faced with the ultimate Mystery of our existence, the Modernist strives to respond with the ultimately meaningless expression of an individuality, whilst the postmodernist sees in the Mystery, the possibility of having fun. One must face the Mystery alone, the other celebrates it. Paul’s album is a celebration. Even in the potential darkness of the stunningly poignant ‘Sailor Boy’, written about Paul’s elder brother who died prematurely, Paul sings of lighting a lantern. This is a songwriter who shares the light he has found.

Indeed the lyrical content finds Paul musing on a wide range of themes and ideas; from Birth to Death and beyond but as ever with Paul's music, the profundity of the concerns is fathomed both musically and lyrically with the lightest of touches.

A word or two must be given over to the other musicians who Paul has assembled here. The songs are beautifully underpinned by the tightest of rhythm sections; Sav Buttaci's bass lines will surely be sampled by grateful music makers for years to come; Paul White's percussion is as sympathetic to the beat of Paul’s own playing that it is as if they are both inspired by the same Muses and Mark Gateshill’s guitar shows that the apple rarely falls far from the talent tree as he plays rhythm with the touch of a maestro. Anna Frazer’s cello playing kind of makes you wish she’d played on every song you’ve ever heard. And Bethany Friery’s vocal accompaniments are like listening to what a soul must sound like if you ever got one in a studio in front of a microphone. Her flute playing is also wonderfully transcendent.

It is impossible to single out particular tracks for particular praise. It would be like favouring a particular thread from a tapestry. Each song works together to create an image of Paul’s belief in the value of, as he puts it in the album notes “friendship...solidarity and community.” And each songs bears listening to again and again.

You get the sense here that this is a man who has found what he's looking for but far from this meaning that the journey ends, Paul, through his songs shares the joy of the continued ride. You can almost hear him smiling. Take my advice, take his hand and you’ll be smiling too.



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