Chris Flegg 'Gazing At The Stars All Night'

05/08/2013

Chris Flegg

www.chrisflegg.com

 

'Gazing At The Stars All Night'

(Contains the tracks French Row & St Alban)

Gazing At The Stars All Night is a new album of thought provoking original songs from Chris Flegg sprinkled throughout with the writer's dry sense of humour. Acoustic guitars are at the forefront of most of the arrangements, with piano provided by Richard Simmons, percussion from Rod Brown, Jez Guest on sax and Terry Ede on clarinet.

 

This is Chris Flegg's ninth album and features material drawn mainly from his acoustic singer/songwriter performances on the folk scene. Some of the tracks are normally found in his jazz gig set list but here they are given a relaxed acoustic interpretation.

As with his previous song albums for the folk scene, the arrangements give prominence to acoustic guitars with shades of blues and jazz creeping in on tracks such as I'm Going Home and Easy Living Blues, and what passes for a good old country song called I Don't Write Sad Songs Any More.

The title track is featured twice, first as a three minute version, then as a bonus, a full length version which includes the sax playing of Jez Guest. On this track and elsewhere on the album, Richard Simmons plays some excellent piano accompaniment which is a model of how acoustic guitar and piano can be made to work well together.

 

Jazz sax man Terry Ede also has a clarinet part on a song called When I Go Out which sounds surprisingly folky. Rod Brown on percussion has featured on previous albums and underpins the songs with some nice touches. There are some unusual song topics too, including French Row, a song about a busking pitch, and St Alban, a song about the martyrdom of St Alban.

 

Overall this is an album of songs set at a relaxing tempo with lyrics which have a positive feel and including one instrumental track, Espírito Calmo, which lives up to the meaning of its title, "calm spirit".

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Track Listing

1. Gazing At The Stars All Night 2. French Row 3. I'm Going Home 4. I Don't Write Sad Songs Anymore 5. The Day That We Planted The Apple Tree

6. I Am What I Am 7. Espírito Calmo 8. Easy Living Blues 9. Now That I'm A Father 10. When I Go Out 11. St Alban 12. This Is My Lullaby For You

13. Gazing At The Stars All Night (Full length version)

About Chris Flegg

Chris Flegg is a singer, noted guitarist and song writer based in St Albans. Originally from Eastleigh in Hampshire, he moved to London to graduate in physics from Imperial College, becoming involved first with Imperial College Folk Club and later the Troubadour Folk Club, where he became co-resident with

Redd Sullivan and Martin Winsor.

 

This started his song writing and solo work and at the same time he took an interest in jazz, notably through a chance meeting with guitarist Diz Disley, and went on to be involved in bands covering a wide range of styles including gypsy jazz, mainstream and Dixieland jazz, as well as playing pop covers in a number of dance bands and groups.

 

Moving to St Albans in 2000 he discovered the local folk scene through meeting singer/guitarist John Breeze and became resident at John's 'Windward Folk Club' alongside songwriter George Papavgeris and this rekindled his urge for songwriting.

 

Chris Flegg plays a blend of folk and jazz garnished with all that he has learned across the years singing and playing guitar and sax in a variety of folk and jazz formations. The song may occasionally be a folk song but the guitar work is that of a seasoned jazz player.

A player of Gibson and Martin Guitars, he has done much to promote both instruments, especially his favourite Gibson L5. His album with John Rees-Jones entitled 'Her Favourite Flower' promoted the beautiful sound of the 'Gibson L5 Custom' electric guitar whilst his last album 'My Green Guitar' featured the legendary Green Gibson L4A. His previous CD 'Time Precious Time' displays his songwriting at its very best garnished with a little folk, jazz and blues. Full Press Kit

 

Busking: Chris often performs in French Row, St Albans to raise money for the British Heart Foundation

 

Catalogue: Ddistributor www.chrisflegg.com

FLEGGCD 009              Gazing At The Stars All Night     2013 August

FLEGGCD 008              Time Precious Time                   2011                                              

FLEGGCD 006              My Green Guitar                        2010

FLEGGCD 007              Her Favourite Flower                  2009

FLEGGCD 005              The Sound Of Life                     2008

FLEGGCD 004              Through The Window                 2006

FLEGGCD 003              My Sweet Lady                         2005

FLEGGCD 002              Solo                                         2004

MTCFFCD 001              Moving On                                2000

 

 


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