Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay: Vinyl LPTXLP615
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Release Date: 28th July
What a walk through the natural world this is, feels like you're hand-in-hand with your muse, like living in a special moment but also looking back after a life lived. Ghedi and Hay's guitars weave between each other, dancing between adding depth, texture and life in their playing. It's the kind of acoustic guitar instrumental folk that really puts a spring in your step.
For those who dig: Bert Jansch & John Renbourn, John Fahey, Lankum, Robbie Basho...
Eponymous collaboration between Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay - their first since 2018's 'The Hawksworth Grove Sessions' and their debut for Topic Records.
Postponed for two years due to the small matter of a global pandemic, finally, as some semblance of normality took shape, in February 2022, the duo headed into Giant Wafer Studios, mid-Wales, with very little rehearsal time and recorded the entire album live, with no edits or overdubs over three days.
Jim Ghedi and Toby Hay are both prolific, praised and established artists in their own right. Hailing from South Yorkshire, Ghedi's previous work has often been instrumental, exploring the natural world and his relationship to it, as seen on 2018's A Hymn For Ancient Land but also developing into using his voice, songwriting and traditional material on his more recent album, In The Furrows Of Common Place. Toby Hay, hailing from the Cambrian mountains, professes likewise, that the landscape serves as eternal muse and the spiritual groundwork of his entrancing guitar playing which has dazzled critics and listeners alike throughout his career. All of this makes their collaboration with the world's oldest independent label and custodians of UK folk music, Topic Records, a natural home for this exceptional record.
The album artwork includes beautiful liner notes by Andrew Male, senior associate editor of Mojo magazine; film, radio and TV writer for Sight and Sound and Sunday Times Culture.