Pontefract Castle


Talking with Richard the other night he reminded me of a song we did with Rebise from MJ. I didn’t realise we had finished it but this version from 2009 suggests we did. I don’t know why it never got posted to MJ. Perhaps we weren’t happy with it. I wasn’t too keen on my vocals or the guitar break and maybe I was going to add some more instruments. Who knows? Anyway, here it is in all its failings. 


Dick: Lyrics, music, vocals

Richard: Lyrics, music 

Rebsie: Lyrics, vocals


Pontefract Castle was a feared castle in the North of England. It saw much death and destruction and after the Civil War the people willingly pulled it down on the orders of Cromwell. 


Pomfret, Pomfret! O thou bloody prison,
Fatal and ominous to noble peers!
Within the guilty closure of thy walls
Richard the second here was hack’d to death;
And, for more slander to thy dismal seat,
We give thee up our guiltless blood to drink.


Pontefract Castle (© 2009 Langford/Marris/Fairholm) 


Oh the wind blows cold 

Cross the fields and through the south gate

Pontefract Castle stands in ruins above the town

These wretched stones caused the people fear and heartache

but the people built the castle

and the people pulled it down


Another fight, but it’s always someone else’s

Life’s hard enough without this constant fear

We’ll pay the price but we all know where the wealth is

It’s sitting in the castle and

we won’t see it out here


Catch the murmur through the sedges

Catch the clamour in the stones

Bring the fires to the edges

The time to act is now

Beat the rhythm of rebellion

Blow the horns around the stones

Raise the sleepers from the hollow hills…


Oh the wind blows cold

The people built the castle

But the people pulled it down


faded blue


god bless miles davis, john coltrane and bill evans. god forgive me for this little tribute

No Going Back


Alternate version of this song idea. Song, guitars, bass and mix by me.

Winding Mountain Road

It was a shock to learn from Mary Grathy on Facebook, this morning, that our dear friend Patrick Poulou has passed! I’m so sad. We collaborated on a couple of pieces. This one is one of them…I shall be climbing the Winding Mountain Road (which I wrote in 2012). with him! His music skills floors me each time! What a talent we have now lost! In this piece I wrote the song, sang it with my guitar on one track, sent it to him in France, and he arranged and provided all the instruments.
Farewell dear friend, LaFayette! Rest in PEACE!!! I’m so sad! 


Puppets 1


This is a 2019 remix of a tune I wrote Jan 8th 2016. I did a rock and acoustic version of this piece. This is the acoustic.

I went into this project to fix an overpowering kick and ended up adding vocal harmonies and a complete redo of the bass and drum tracks. I think it sounds a lot nicer now.

The old track is parked over at my SC account here if you want to hear the differences.


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