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Dan Licht – If I Only Could (D.Licht) / Always Find A Way (H.King) Medley – Live @ Old Hall, East Bergholt, UK

If I Only Could (Dan Licht). “If I Only Could” is the final song on “White Soul Black Hearts” and was added as something of an afterthought. I originally wrote and demo’d this song with a dirge like piano accompaniment before I picked up the tempo a little, adapted it to mandolin and recorded it with layered harmonies as a duet with my old singing partner from the DFG days, Neesy Smith. My brother Josh also added evocative low whistle and understated drums.
Always Find A Way (Heath King). Heath King was a dear friend and a remarkable musical talent with an exquisite and formidable vocal range. He contributed his dulcet tones and helped me arrange the backing harmonies for my album “White Soul Black Hearts” and was going to help me finish the mixing before his untimely passing. The original version of this beautiful R&B ballad can be found on his posthumously released album “Desert”.

This performance was recorded live in the Queen Anne Room at Old Hall in East Bergholt, Suffolk, UK in May 2015.

The Boat That We Built and On The Run Medley

The Boat That We Built / On The Run – Live @ The Chapel of St. Mary Tory, Bradford-on-Avon

With the demise of the ship building industry in the north of England in mind I wrote ‘The Boat That We Built’ as a kind of metaphor for the ending of a significant period in my life. I also thought it would serve as a fitting epilogue/final chapter for the Samsara Sun ‘White Soul Black Hearts‘ album. As it turned out it became the second last song on the album.
‘On The Run’ was written by my close friend and long time collaborator the late Darren Jones. This beautiful song, in my mind, perfectly encapsulates the feeling of being torn between those we love and the chasm that can exist between the reality of the present and the nostalgia of the past. It is indeed a privelidge to perform this song in Darren’s absence.

The Boat That We Built (D.Licht) / On The Run (D.Jones) performed at The Chapel of St. Mary Tory in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK.

These songs were recorded and filmed by Emma Johnson at the chapel of St Mary Tory, Bradford on Avon, March 2015.

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In A Northern Town

My mother’s family live in Newcastle, in the north of England. My partner Emma & I travelled from there, down the east coast of England in 2012. We passed through a very beautiful fishing village called Staithes, which inspired this song.

 

In A Northern Town – Live @ 3MDR97.1fm on Now & Then, Wednesdays 3pm – 5pm with Neesy Smith & Victoria Bonte.

Dan Licht – vocal & mandolin, Emma Johnson – acoustic guitar.

This performance is featured on the amazing ‘Mountain of Sound 2014’ compilation album, released by Mountain District Radio – 3MDR.com

Recorded & Mastered by David Miller @ 3MDR Mountain District Radio 97.1fm / skyhighmastering.com

Monmouth

Live in Monmouth, Wales

In our travels through the mythical and magical border country of the idyllic Wye Valley we found ourselves in Monmouth, Wales. To take respite from the inclement weather, we ventured into the beautiful, old St. Mary’s Priory Church where upon I discovered a grand piano. My partner Emma suggested she record and film me performing a couple of songs. I agreed this was superb idea, particularly as there was no one else around and it was a perfect impromptu opportunity. Why I chose these particular songs I’m not quite sure other than perhaps they fitted the solemnity of the surroundings.

Follow Me Down (D.Licht) / People Get Ready (C.Mayfield) Medley – Live @ St. Mary’s Priory Church, Monmouth, Wales.

‘Follow Me Down’ was a song I wrote during a particularly sad and soul-searching time in my life. I later recorded it for the Samsara Sun album, ‘White Soul Black Hearts’.

Curtis Mayfield’s ‘People Get Ready’ is a song I have been performing for many years. It’s a song I rarely perform the same way twice. Although this is ostensibly a gospel song, and I am more of an Atheist persuasion, I feel this song, like the best gospel music, expresses as much about the human condition as anything overtly religious.

Listen & purchase ‘White Soul Black Hearts’ here

Bird On A Wire (L.Cohen) – Live @ Monmouth, Wales

Leonard Cohen is hands down one of my favourite songwriters, and this is one of the most achingly beautiful songs of redemption ever written. I was particularly inspired by Aaron Neville’s interpretation of this song.

Recorded & filmed at St. Mary’s Priory Church, in Monmouth, Wales.