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front cover of What Did I Come Up Here For? by Andrew Hawkey

WHAT DID I COME UP HERE FOR?

(Mole Lodge Records MLCD001, 2015)

HOLD ON, LET GO / APPLE GREEN / FORGIVENESS / NO SHADOW / THE SIDELINES / TREASURE OF TIME / INVITATION (FOR N.T.) / WILD FLOWERS / TURN AROUND / I HAD A FIGHT WITH MY HEART / THE LAND BEYOND COMPARE / SENIOR MOMENTS

(Total running time 56:14)

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The players are:

Andrew Hawkey: 6- and (mostly) 12-string guitars, piano, organ, harmonicas, percussion, lead & harmony vocals,
with:

Stuart Maman Bolton: bass, lead guitar, slide guitar, percussion; David Cornelius Eger: mandolin; Gordon Jones: drums

on Wild Flowers: Sian James: harp, harmony & backing vocals; Gwyn Jones: bass, drums

on Invitation (For N.T.): Andre Ktori: bass; Isabel Merriman & Penny Joubert: backing vocals

on I Had A Fight With My Heart: Pat Grover’s Blue Zeros – Pat Grover: guitar; Will Davis: lead guitar; Ajijo: bass; Gordon Jones: drums

Firmly cast in the classic folk/singer-songwriter mould, these songs spring from over forty years living and working in the wild hills of Mid-Wales. Now that I’m of a certain age, they’re inevitably reflective in nature, as well as being unashamedly sentimental … but always informed by the landscape that means so much to me.

The CD comes in a gatefold digifile sleeve, together with a 16-page full-colour booklet containing the song lyrics and evocative photographs (by myself and established Welsh landscape photographer Anthony Griffiths) that reflect the mood of the music.