September, “… I’ll remember ……

….. a love once new has now grown old.”  Name that song lyric! Vintage songwriting, for sure. And there is great comfort in a love that is old, familiar, reliable, faithful and strong.

September news for you all.

Little Big Stuff are rehearsing ready for their festival appearances, and also their surprise concerts in Herefordshire and beyond, starting early next year. They will be appearing at The Hidden Valley Festival (Nozstock!) next summer. Watch out for publicity and dates and some great new recordings too.

Charlotte Parmiter, Jon Kelly and David Clifton are writing a new song to add to Charlotte’s folk album. Yes, it really is aiming to be the Little Room album that has taken the longest time ever to produce! We can guarantee that it will be worth the wait. Mixing starts in two weeks!

Sam Hill has been out on tour playing concert dates in the south west of England to great acclaim. Watch his website and local press for details.

Katie Targett Adams is taking a break from concerts and recording in the far east and very much enjoying life being a new mum to baby Cameron.

City Of Gold will be twenty years old next year, and there will be a limited edition CD produced to celebrate this beautiful album, which has touched hearts and comforted so many people over the years. It will be exclusively available from our Burning Shed store, and we will let you know more details nearer the time.

*Please note that if you order a City Of Gold CD from Amazon it will not be the same edition as either of the previous USA or UK releases, unless you are purchasing second hand/used copies. Amazon manufacture their own version for their customers.

1st July 2016, 1st July 1916. The Somme …..

On this day, at 07.30 a.m. 100 years ago, the battle of the Somme began. By the end of the battle, some four months later, one million men from all sides were dead or injured.  Casualties were beyond horrific; 19,240 British soldiers died on the first day alone, and 40,000 were injured. It is the biggest single loss of life during the opening day of a battle in British military history.

The statistics and scale of human suffering are unimaginable, yet young men willingly gave their lives for King and Country. Here is an extract from a letter home, written by 2nd Lt John S. Engall of the 16th London Regiment. It is dated the 30th June 1916, the night before the attack on the German lines began. He wrote: “I have a strong feeling that I shall come through safely, but nonetheless, should it be God’s holy will to call me away, I am quite prepared to go; and I could not wish for a finer death; and you, dear Mother and Dad, will know that I died doing my duty to God, my country and my king. I ask that you should look upon it as an honour that you have given a son for king and country.” Along with 19,239 other brave soldiers, Engall was killed the next day.

Even with all the uncertainty and political turmoil which we currently face, we can still  be thankful that so many brave young men gave their lives for our freedom in the two world wars, that we might live in peace. Let us pray for continued peace in Europe, along with a way forward that will ensure peace and security for future generations.

 

 

Oh June, like the mountains I’m blue ….

JUNE..!  …. summer is here. Sea, sand, sun, and …hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains … with a happy little tune to sing as well. The Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia, a song inspired by the book written by John Fox in 1908 …and should you happen to be visiting Big Stone Gap, Virginia, you can see the stage play called The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine, which is still performed every year – and has been since 1964 – in honour of the author. The song was featured in the opening credits of the film adaptation (1938) of the original book. The most popular version was made by Laurel and Hardy in their film “Way Out West” ….and it even reached number 2 in the British music charts, mostly thanks to veteran broadcaster John Peel, who played it all the time on his Radio 1 show.

You won’t find it here on the Little Room site, but you will find lots of fabulous music! And if you are heading to those Blue Ridge Mountains, happy hiking! And watch out for bears and poison ivy.

 

May (…and Star Wars Day) & CD’s at our store….

Thank you for the 4th of May messages  (…ok, we admit it took a moment for to get it ….May The Fourth Be With You …!).

Spring is springing and the sun is shining. We had a message from our CD store, care of Burning Shed. The last few copies of the first edition of City Of Gold are now in stock, along with remaining recordings from our original London store. Worldwide mailing and secure online purchasing. Check our artist pages for details.

Other CD’s now in stock for collectors everywhere :

  • Old Sea Road EP
  • Liturgy Of Time
  • Rhyme Or Reason – Esther Alexander
  • Shipwrecks And Islands
  • Still Small Voice – original 3 CD pack release
  • Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow – Andy Piercy & David Clifton
  • Twelve Stories Of Angels
  • Providence – The Woodthieves