Rose Blakeley

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This link will take you to

Garry Blakeley's website.

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The Wheel of the Year

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CD. Produced in 2012.

Song lyrics by Rose Blakeley.

Music by Garry Blakeley.

Mastering and sound production by Edd Blakeley.

Recorded at Gaz-Edd studios.

After writing an album focused purely on May, it therefore seemed natural

to commemorate the whole annual cycle in music and song, so The Wheel

of the Year was set in motion. It takes you from the dark cold nights of January,

with its wassailing and the echo of distant ploughboys, through golden summer sunshine and harvest cheer, to ruddy autumn leaves, which blow into the magic

of solstice snow before the blazing fires of Yule. The spirit of my lyrics has been animated by Garry’s powerful and atmospheric music: a collage of compositions, which are a beautiful combination of folk-rock arrangements, slow airs and

driving traditional tunes. This recording weaves a vivid tapestry of history,

folklore and mysticism. And finally, I have to say, this album was a sheer joy

to write, as there are endless aspects of the year to set the imagination racing,

so to lose myself in some of them was a pleasure. I decided to write them in the

the order of the months, and as I completed each one, I presented them to 

Garry so the magician could do his work. Each time it was, and always is,

very special moment for me, when my words reappeared, were sang and

decorated with beautiful music, its chief instrument being the fiddle. I find

this an incredible thing as a writer, for music breathes new life into the lyric,

and to eventually see it performed live with such a reputable band, is a privilege.

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Garry Blakeley and his close friends and family are masters of their ever growing and highly successful cottage industry, not to mention a great family man, with his son Edd firmly rooted in this successful set up as the hugely talented bass and keyboard player, who Garry affectionately calls the musical director. Then of course there is the brilliant Rose Blakeley, writing excellent well-crafted and clever lyrics and a book. This really is a recipe for success, as the recent tour of Garry’s latest album The Wheel of the Year has proved, with ticket sales rocketing and venues selling out. Paul Johnson (folking.com)

Black & white photos were taken by Sammie Deacon.

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