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In the Valley

by James Varda

Only the second album in 15 years from English singer-songwriter James Varda. "He's back with a gorgeously mature work, on which crisp vocals and emotive recollections provide food for the heart and head". The Independent Newspaper.
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1. Down Here
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2. That's the Time
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3. Small Things
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4. Message to Playwright
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5. I'm the One
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6. The Things That Matter Most
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7. Something Fell
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8. In the Valley
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9. Inside the Volcano
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10. If This Book
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Album Notes
Only the second album in 15 years from English-singer songwriter James Varda, In The Valley delivers Varda's highly individual and personal songwriting in a stripped down setting of just voice and guitar. Ross Fortune writing in Time Out commented; "This album is a quietly wonderful return. Its tender and introspective, consummately unassuming, and achingly affecting."

James Varda was born and grew up in London and it was in London in the 1980’s that James began writing songs and playing live. A frequent performer at Bunjies and other London folk clubs, it was during a performance at Clapham Folk Club that James was spotted by Roy Harper. Following this James recorded his first album, Hunger, which was produced by John Leckie. The record was recorded in Roy Harper’s Lincolnshire studio. Released in 1988, the record garnered excellent reviews and established James’ distinctive and individual songwriting and guitar style. The album drew on a diverse range of influences. As the Irish News wrote at the time; "This man with an acoustic guitar bridges many gaps and is not easily categorised. You could call him anything from country to punk and you'd probably bewrong at the end of the day."

During this period James performed extensively both in his own right and also supporting other artists (he supported Roy Harper on his 1988 tour). Other appearances included the Cambridge Folk Festival (1989), Reading Festival (1990) and various TV and radio performances. He also performed to 'lifers' at Wormwood Scrubs Prison.

Moving to Suffolk in the 90’s James took a break from performing but continued to write. Some of this material was finally heard when James re-emerged in 2004 with a new album In the Valley. An almost entirely solo record, the album is different in sound and feel to Hunger but the distinctive songwriting is still very much in evidence. James supported the album with a number of live dates.

Press quotes:

“This album is a quietly wonderful return. This is an
excellent album.” Time Out.

“He's back with a gorgeously mature work, on which crisp vocals and emotive recollections provide food for the heart and head.” The Independent Newspaper.

"Sometimes all you need is a voice and a guitar...Such is the case with James Varda's exquisite In The Valley. In The Valley is a lovely, sincere, at times moving piece of work. I only hope we don't have to wait another 15 years for the follow-up." Comes with a Smile

"James Varda’s valley may not be exotic, but it is an enticing, mysterious place where you can get lost and still feel safe. Logo Magazine.

James Varda's first album was released in 1988 and now he returns 15 years later with a beautifully written, highly individual, intimate album - composed, performed and recorded by Varda. Rough Trade Shops.



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