James Varda | Hunger

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by James Varda

The first recording from English singer-songwriter James Varda. "Startling, articulate, passionate" (Music Week).
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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1. Just a Beginning
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2. From the Bellevue Hotel
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3. Sunday before the War
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4. I can't Stand It
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5. Strange Weather
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6. This Train is Lost
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7. Crawl in the Pen
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8. Trust the Rain
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9. In My House
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10. Black on Black
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Album Notes
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 be wrong 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.

Press quotes:

‘Songs that wrench at your heart strings and make you think.’
Time Out

‘Startling. Articulate. Passionate’
Music Week

"Film-noir vignettes cloaked in obscure but captivating poetic imagery with some brilliant guitar work."
Melody Maker



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