Finally after nine years it is going to happen. Magna Carta is recording the long awaited album,
Chris Simpson put together a great band:
Wendy Ross: electric and acoustic violin
We rehearsed one day, exchanging ideas and to get a feel for the songs. Then we recorded the basic tracks (the bedrock) in only three days, playing together live to get the real band feeling.
Laurens Joensen, Amsterdam 2014
Chris and Laurens entering the vault
Our Solid State Workhorse
Producer Will Jackson and his young apprentice Mike
Facing me Alan Thompson, who played with John Martyn for over 30 years, in Pentangle and the Hellecasters and now with Magna Carta. What a player. He is officially from Glasgow, but hearing him play he could be a Nashville Cat.
The old Maestro, doing the guide vocals, he sings along with the band, so we can get the feel. He will do his final lead vocals next week.
Doug and Chris telling hilarious ‘on the road’ stories
Keith is watching over us, with a good word of advice
The only kind of deskwork I could ever do.
Not only is Alan Thompson a great fretless bass player, he also plays a mean slide guitar.
After one day rehearsal and three days of recording together we nailed the basic tracks.
After 4 days of hard work Doug and I went shopping. It was time to unwind and have a nice picking party at Chris and Cathy’s place. We drank tea and orange juice all night and woke up bright and early.
Chris and Cathy took me and Doug, who was in a very cheerful mood after our little party the night before, to the Yorkshire Dales. Good inspiration for the album, as it is mostly about that area, where Chris was born and raised.
Then we paid a visit to Lord Fancarl’s house.There also lives a ghost called Edgar.
Lord Fancarl’s ghostly whippet William
The watchcat of the house. “What do you want?”
And back to Leeds for recording Chris’s vocals and additional parts
The most charming, skilled and relaxed producer. It’s an honour to work with Will Jackson.
After nailing five songs in a row almost in one take, Chris says cheerfully, ” Shall we pop on a couple of more songs?.” Stamina!
It has been a great experience for me to work with and learn from this wonderful group of people.
Sitting in the airport lounge waiting for a plane, with a rainbow over my head.
Goodbye beautiful Yorkshire, see you in June