About the Music

Recordings by David Harley

This was originally a warts-and-all collection of my ancient recordings (around 1980-85) and of course those are still here. Actually, not quite so warty as when originally posted, and now in living stereo. Don’t expect too much, though. None of them are direct from master tape (though some are from a CD transcription of the master tape). And both my voice and repertoire have changed beyond all recognition since then, which may or may not be a good thing. 🙂

They’re MP3s, and usually play quite happily in Windows Media Player: I haven’t got round to making them iTunes-friendly or whatever, yet. All songs are copyright and all rights are reserved: in other words, in the unlikely event of your wanting to use the recordings or songs for any commercial purpose, you have some negotiating to do (see below)…

More recently I’ve been adding some newer (portastudio-type) recordings and in some cases just lyrics, as I go along.

Right now, your choices include:

  • Recordings from the Diverse Brew album, which unfortunately was never released. Two tracks of mine, plus one co-written with Don MacLeod.
  • Some tracks from the cassette albums Sheer Bravado and Scriptwrecked. I’ve decided not to make the original versions of some of the tracks available.
  • Instrumentals: Music without Words (not necessarily my compositions, of course\)
  • Just lyrics covering a range of idioms: Songs without Music. Some do have tunes, but the tune hasn’t been recorded yet.
  • Parody and Pastiche: speak for themselves, I guess. I’m distinguishing here between pastiche and ‘genre songs’ like the blues and folkie things, though I may be fooling myself there. It’s not as though I’d try to pass myself off as a Shropshire farm labourer or a Delta bluesman, though.
  • Faux folk: while I’ve never deliberately set out to write ‘a folk song’, it was inevitable – given how much of my time has been spent in folk clubs over nearly five decades – that quite a few of the songs I’ve written are influenced by various kinds of traditional music.
  • Barely Blues: songs that seem to belong somewhere on the continuum between country blues and rock.
  • Poem settings: some have demo recordings, others will eventually.
  • Songs written by or with Don MacLeod. (Who is still alive and well and playing in and around Great Malvern, by the way, sometimes with the Julie July Band.)
  • A Folk (and other music) resources page.
  • Spend the rest of your online session looking at this page, or go and do something else entirely. 🙂
  • Available on SoundCloud includes some of the above, but also links to an album by Peter Buckley Hill on which I played.

Just to be clear, none of this material is in the public domain unless it’s specifically stated to the contrary, and all rights are reserved. I hope you enjoy listening to it, reading it, and maybe singing one or two of the songs yourself,  but if you actually want to use it in any commercial context, unlikely as that may sound, you are honour-bound and legally required to ask me first: you can email me at david.a.harley@gmail.com.

David Harley
Wheal Alice Music

The header photograph for this page was taken while flying from Dallas to San Diego at the time of the ice storms in early 2009. It’s probably New Mexico, but don’t ask me exactly where: domestic flights aren’t usually informative about geolocation. 🙂

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