Simon Stewart | Across the Land

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Across the Land

by Simon Stewart

Cafe dwelling, acoustic singer-songwriter with guitars & red wine
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Oh My Love
3:04 album only
2. Barceloneta
3:09 album only
3. Travelling with You
3:34 album only
4. Several Trains
3:19 album only
5. Criticising the World
3:09 album only
6. Barcelona Bound
3:21 album only
7. Staggering Sun
2:31 album only
8. Song about Song
2:18 album only
9. Thinking of You
3:30 album only
10. Blazing Heat
4:21 album only
11. Will You Remain?
2:13 album only
12. Boulevard
3:18 album only
13. Reach for You
1:48 album only


Album Notes
Simon Stewart…has played in East German biker bars where the bikers had only push-bikes; in New Orleans, where burly ‘friends’ collected his wages; and in pubs where the punters fought mercilessly during the ballads. He has sung at German fish festivals and to the unemployed of North-East Berlin. Simon has also written a number of plays that were staged on the London Fringe circuit including a comedy about the life of Sir Francis Drake and a portrayal of life in London’s Bedlam hospital, and continues to write short stories and poetry. At a recent Sussex Arts Club gig, Simon penned a poem about the historic George Jones Patented urinals at the venue.
Until the release of his debut album Across the Land (LongMan047CD) Simon Stewart had sold only battered versions of his beautiful songs. His best demos include one made in London, funded by a Belgian ethanol salesman, and one recorded in an obscure Swedish town. He was promoted by a Philippine business man. Unfortunately, the latter’s ability to carve out a music career in Manila for Simon was cut short by a political revolution. However, a track from the Swedish demo - the harmonium laced Thinking of You – caught the ear of musician and producer Richard Durrant.
Across the Land highlights Richard’s fine musical mind, his playing and production skills, as well as displaying and foregrounding Simon’s singing and song-writing ability. The production ensures that Simon realises the full potential of each and every song, and Richard’s guitar duel with Marc Jordan’s trumpet on Barcelona Bound takes us far further south than Barcelona!
The songs featured on Across the Land were recorded in an intense week in the summer of 2006, during a heat-wave, when Simon was also completing his Doctor of Philosophy degree. Most of the songs conjure a world of cafes, romance and crumbling architecture. Blazing Heat, for example, was written for the wedding of Simon’s sister Lucy Truscott, whose beautiful harmony vocals feature throughout the album. The song captures the essence of a South of France wedding, and one can picture the Pastis being passed round at the Marie. Tracks such as Oh My Love conjure what some call ‘Old Europe’, and a balcony moment with sunrise and memories of the night before. The mandolins, guitars and percussion set the scene for the album: the wine glasses are half drained and the plates still haven’t been cleared away.



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FATEA (Cambridge Folk Festival)

a tour of the Med in an open top sports car
Simon Stewart's 'Across the Land' has more than a touch of manyana about it. It's filled with images of life spent in the shade with red wine and tapas. The album feels like a tour of the Med in an open top sports car. Wandering along the cost on a journey that's far more important than arriving. Stopping off to sun dry tomatoes, feel the grapes beneath the feet and perhaps pit an olive or two. It's an album that lets the cares go by as responsibility vanishes over the horizon behind you. We all have to escape occasionally and 'Across the Land' is a key to the lock.