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Songs Of Place
What does your imagination conjure when you think of Huddersfield? Hillside clothier houses, intricate canal networks, mills on tributaries, heathland farmsteads and tunnelled train lines? Becks, bogs, dales, dells, gritstone, towpaths, and turnpikes? Bus stops, rain, sandstone houses, spire churches?
The new Songs Of Place EP by singer-songwriter Sam Hodgson (aka Samh) touches upon all these subjects. His project, applies the techniques of some of the world’s great songwriters to songs about Huddersfield and its surrounding villages.
Canals, moors and mills. Samh’s new short release EP tells of the untold histories of a typical northern town. Songs of Place, recorded in the places they are about takes the listener up into the bleak Marsden hills, through the longest canal tunnel in Britain, and into the dark, reverberant cellar of one of Huddersfield’s only remaining working textile mills.
Is a song about the bleak moors and its connection to our bodies.
Gateway to Saddleworth
Gateway to Saddleworth’ speaks of the building of the Huddersfield narrow canal from the point of view of the people that built it, rather than the owners and architects, that despite their incompetence, mostly get the credit. It contrasts the jovial church and brass festivals over the hill in Saddleworth, with the cost of progress digging through the side. The chorus sings ‘you can ramble over the top, my friends, or tunnel through the side.’
Is a new inversion of an old local folk song about the Huddersfield Luddites.
Run Of The Mill
‘Run of the Mill’ uses the sounds of Bates Mill as the pitch and rhythm whilst Samh’s vocals glide through a plethora of natural reverb, bellowing from the empty, collumned basement of the mill. ittakes a contemporary look at new uses of old mills, using mill sounds as its foundation.
Songs Of Place EP & Booklet
The lyric book tells the stories behind the song, gives the reader an insight into the research behind the music, and tells the story of the visual artist involved in the work – Czech born Josef Zlamal.
The last few Samh t-shirts available via the link.
Purchase The Songs Of Place EP & Lyric / Picturebook
The project is a collaboration between: Samh Song, Saving Grace Music, Josef Zlamal, and the University of Huddersfield
Sam Hodgson – acoustic guitar, vocals, songwriting
Rob Crisp – clarinet, bouzouki
Alessia Anastassopulos – violin
Monika Hodgson – vocals
Aidan Kilroy – bodhran
Nigel Cudjoe – mastering
Dave Jordan – mixing
Chris Ruffoni – recording
Oliver Craig – recording, vocals
Run Of The Mill video
You may already be familiar to Samh’s music but if not take a look below and check out some previous releases.