No not always. On the occasions when I perform with other musicians we
use the name of FireLake. The name comes from the ancient Chinese system
of divination called I Ching and FireLake specifically refers to the process
of "inner revolution" which seems to be the well-head of my
who else is playing on the album?
I met John Paul, who provides the didgeridoo and African drums on Guilty
As Charged via the Plymouth Musician's Co-operative. We actually got
together for the first time the day before we recorded!
Walton used to watch the women and children waving their loved ones
they went to sea
track you want to demo on Devon Online is "Sailors Sail Away"
does it have a history?
Several years ago I was fortunate enough to live on Grand Parade in Plymouth
with its commanding views over the foreshore and the Sound. "Sailors
Sail Away" came to me when I often saw women and children sitting,
sometimes for hours, waiting for the final chance to say goodbye to somebody
on board a departing warship. It's the one song I've written that I feel
truly belongs to Plymouth.
your music in three words.....
Self-written, contemporary, folk.
your collection full of folk records then?
My record collection is extremely eclectic. I like just about all music
that's sincerely performed. The most frequently played tracks range from
Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Pink Floyd, through to Mariah Carey, Beautiful
South and The Crash Test Dummies. Apart from some early Bob Dylan, I own
very few folk music recordings, probably because I prefer to experience
and participate in it with other musicians and enthusiasts.
does the future hold for
I remain open to opportunities as they present themselves, going with
the ones that seem fit and rejecting the ones that conflict with my principles.
I would love to license songs to leading recording artists but there is
no discernible prospect at the moment.
if you become famous...?
I think that I would enjoy being famous though it certainly isn't the
main objective of my life. Now if I became rich I'd promptly set up a
glider factory (yes, the engineless flying machines) somewhere around
Finally then what's the best and worst thing about living in Devon?
Best - The relatively relaxed lifestyle and the choice between the moor
and the sea when planning a walk.
Worst - The distance needed to travel when going to any other part of
the country (especially with a family who all live in West Yorkshire!)
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