John Harle & Marc Almond – The Tyburn Tree – Dark London
Two legends from different worlds collide in what promises to be a seminal album of songs about London. Composer/saxophonist John Harle and singer Marc Almond collaborate in ‘The Tyburn Tree’ – and album of contemporary songs about the darkest sides of London’s history – from the Tyburn gallows to Jack the Ripper, and from settings of the words of William Blake to a unique take on the nursery rhyme ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’.
Following Marc’s much lauded guest appearance on Harle’s ‘Art Music’, this promises to be an album full of driving rhythms and emotional impact.
‘The Tyburn Tree’ has been in gestation for two years – Almond is the primary lyricist, having researched the subject matter and gradually forming his own ‘take’ on Dark London, creating lyrics that have both historical relevance and an ear-catching quirkiness.
Alongside this John Harle has been writing music that proves him to be at the height of his powers – after a canon of work that includes his “O Mistress Mine” for Elvis Costello, and as composer of the theme to BBC1’s Silent Witness, he has matched Almond’s lyrics with some punchy, compact and bitter-sweet songs full of emotion, percussive shock and humour. ‘The Tyburn Tree’ promises to be an concept album of cult-status.
Label: John Harle
Catalogue Number: SOSTT100114
Release Date: 24th February 2014