Our CD is Released!
Our album, ‘Songs’ by Ed, Will and Ginger, is available on CD now.
Please buy it here, and enjoy the good old songs of this land, as sung by us.
Priced £10, it has 16 tracks, traditional classics and modern bangers alike.
If you would prefer to send us a cheque then let us know and we’ll give you and address.
Available right until Christmas, we will be walking it to the post-office each day from now until the last post.
Ancient corkers like ‘Tom of Bedlam’, as well 20th century staples like ‘Albert Berry and the Coal’, are featured. It has Ed on various stringed instruments, Ginger on drums and organ, and all of us singing our hearts right up.
It’s ideal for almost any family member or friend. It’s a beautiful object, with layers to unwrap. There’s kicks for all the gang in these good old songs, for old Auntie Jane and odd cousin Billy, for sister, boyfriend, dad or granny. It’s a good thing, and we are happy to put it out.
All the lyrics to the songs are written out HERE.
Here comes more cherry chatter…
Ideally sized to fit snugly in most seasonal stockings, this is a stunning item, far more than just a CD, with a 20 page booklet, packed with stories and information, informative and amusing, and stunning full-colour illustrations and photographs. It also comes with a 2-sided poster!
We’re coming to enjoy saying that. It’s all eco-printed too, although our confusing requests to the printers meant it wasn’t tapped onto the packaging.
So please accept our small apologies for the delay, and please be assured of our great joy at reaching the final stage of our first CD project, this small but well-timed release. We hope you’ll find it a unique and worthwhile object, beautiful, educative and nourishing.
And may the very best of this cold season, much good deep rest, and all joys of the hearth, be found and held by you and yours at this time,
and cheerio for now.
Will and Ed (and Ginger too)
PS Click READ ON if you want to know more about how we got the CD out…
Ed and Ginger, in their earliest twenties, were in a band called ‘Ye Wiles’. Obscure though this may sound, they were big in the UK ska-punk scene, causing many a great explosion of teenage mosh-joy. They were signed to a label named ‘Household Name’, and when they stopped their seeming endless van tour of the UK, they wisely invested their gig and cd money into decent second-hand studio kit.
The upshot is that we have access, while in Kent, to an analogue/digital mix-up, varied bits and bobs that let us record this album ourselves.
This helped us all a lot, as we were approaching the album in some haste, while trying to get organized to go walking again, build a website and write a book.
It got mostly done, and each song evolved under the microphone’s ear, till we often didn’t recognize the outcome. Ginger mixed and mastered it all, and then, before we could take another breath, we strapped bags to backs and walked.
Many adventures followed, and the new experiment in our journey, the pretty website, took up far more spare time than we could muster. So the CD lingered, a master disc stashed at the bottom of each bag, a small weight that promised future greater lightenings..
The last of these discs perished 5 months later, in a cave flood on the edge of Wales, which nearly washed away Ed’s whole bag and kit, a tale we’ll later tell.
So after a while in Wales, we popped back to London to sing in the South Bank Centre, and decided to get the CD done. But again it took, as we should have guessed, far longer than anyone imagined.
So glorious it was, yesterday morning, when the CD arrived on a pallet. We managed to arrange them a ride to the edge of the woods, then carried the boxes down to our small home (which, we still marvel, really is warmer than outside…). We had it printed by Davis Rubin, a young British company who accommodated, with marvellous cheer, our vagueness and last-minute alterations.
The artwork was the fruit of our friendship with a girl named Shelley, who we knew through friends and parties in Brighton. Actually, we know her through a girl named Chrissy and a boy called Ryan, two beautiful legends from the edges of the Canterbury Scene. Anyroad, Shelley just drew some things, as she does, which were intensely complexly beautiful, real delights of artwork to look at and hold.
With the help of our good friend Alaric, who comprises our team, Shelly’s pictures were made digital, and could become the aesthetic heart of both website and album.
We have learned a great deal of the many stages of this process, and we hope you’ll agree that the final result is worth the slow build.
If you’ve questions about any of it, please write in asking.
Enjoy the album…