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  1. Ok, so sitting by a roaring fire in a beautiful log cabin in the woods near Whitby (as in the landing point for Bram Stoker's legendary Dracula...), wet socks steaming and glass of chilled wine to hand, a tune called Harlem Nocture came on. That's a great sound I thought to myself, so Stefan and I recorded it when I got back a couple of days ago. I actually think our tempo is a bit under so we may re-do it if we get the chance...and the steam from the socks bought a hot night in Harlem a tiny bit closer!!!

  2. Once the sun has shone for more than a couple of days, you think it will keep shining all Summer until....down comes the rain. All the forcasters said, 'rain, high wind, low temparatures, snow (no they didn't actually say snow...). You get the picture, and it's still raining. We can't even go on holiday yet to get away from it all...

    It was on one of these very days last week, with rain lashing the windows when I thought we have to record something 'sunny'. 

    I've always loved Yo Yo Ma's recording of Doce de Coco, it opitomises sunnier climes, so I thought I'd try a version of my own. Of course I would never get anywhere near his perfect rendition, and I didn't have a clarinettist to hand, so I recorded a 2nd cello part too. I have to say Stefan was very patient with the production and with me trying to figure out if bits worked, or not, but in a couple of hours on a wet, grey, drab afternoon, what else was he going to do....?!

  3.  I was lucky enough to see Queen in December 1980 at the Wembley Arena. It was a one or two days after John Lennon's death and Freddie did a couple of songs dedicated to Lennon. 'Imagine' was one of them and the other was the masterpiece that we have interpreted above. It was one of 'those' concerts that I will always remember very clearly. They had just released 'Another One Bites The Dust'...Queen were on 'on fire' at this time!

  4.  This is our Father and Son tribute version, to a great Father and Son composition. 'Don't Worry' from the new album, 'Notes on a Conditional Form' by The 1975. Tim Healy wrote this song for his wife when Matty Healy was young and it has only recently been recorded for that album. We sincerely hope we have done it justice in our interpretation of a fabulous work.