Over the years I have collaborated with some very talented musicians and singers on my recordings. Two of these are cellist Tony Woollard and violinist Charlie Brown.
Tony is a recording artist in his own right, with a well regarded solo cello album to his name (‘Cello Journey’). His YouTube channel is Tony Cello and features many superb performances; he adds new pieces quite regularly. Meanwhile, his official website can be found here.
Charlie has worked with a diverse range of artists including Damon Albarn, Tim Minchin, Caro Emerald and Scott Walker, and he records music for film and television. As if that wasn’t enough, he has also been extensively involved in theatre productions for the past six years, often as band leader (25th anniversary tour of Les Miserables, Ghost, Spring Awakening, Lord Of The Rings).
Following their help with a dance project I was involved with in 2012 (see the ‘collaborations’ page for more details) we decided it would be great to record some more of my back catalogue in this piano trio format and do some live performances as and when our busy schedules would permit.
And so Cherry Mint Koala was born. The name is slightly ridiculous, of course, but it rolls off the tongue rather nicely. And if anyone asks, I’m telling them that they’re our favourite flavours of ice-cream.
Following two hefty but fun recording sessions, we amassed an album’s worth of material, and filmed the whole lot to boot. I’m putting these videos out on YouTube over the coming months and the album (handily having the same name as this blog: ‘Beguiling Transmissions’) will be made available for download later in the spring.
Let The Body Go is the first of the sequence, and the only one not previously released as a song. The sung version will be the lead track from a new Mark Northfield EP next month, with a separate video to accompany it. It was originally written shortly after the death of my mother last summer, and was meant as both a serene elegy and a celebration of life and love. It’s a piece of music I’m particularly proud of.