Brownswood Bubblers Ten // The Memory Band
August 13, 2013
Stephen Cracknell tells us about The Memory Band, the project he’s been working on for the last few years. Their song ‘When I Was On Horseback’ features on the 10th Brownswood Bubblers, which will be released on the 19th of August. Pre-order the album direct from these outlets:
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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself please. Who are you, where are you from etc.?
Stephen Cracknell, I run, produce and perform in The Memory Band. Based in London I’ve been making a mutant form of folk music since 2003. Releasing four studio albums, spawning a series of offshoot projects and generally larking about.
How would you describe your music?
Digital soundtrack composer and guitarist seeks jazz loving souls to reconvene traditional British folk music, singers welcome.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A lifelong musical obsessive, I’m also big on maps and writing, the latest album is about a chalk ridgeway, The Harrow Way, which had mythical significance for early antiquarian writers. I’ve been walking along sections of it , reading up on it’s history, researching folk songs from nearby and various tangents and making music inspired by it all.
Whom do you count amongst your most significant influences when it comes to production?
I listen to a lot of field recordings, I’m fascinated by the myriad different ways a sound can be recorded and altered by location. I like the sound of the outside world very much, but I’m also in love with what can be done by machines and in studio conditions. I’m very much of teh digital era in that way.
What releases / gigs are out there or coming soon?
Our next show is at the Green Man festival in Wales on Friday 16th August, we played one of our very first shows at the first one in 2003 and over the years I’ve done numerous performances there with The Memory Band and also with my other projects such as The Balearic Folk Orchestra, The Accidental and our live show of all the songs and music from Paul Giovanni’s score for The Wicker Man.
Where can folks go online to check out you and your music?
What are you going to do after this interview?
I’m off to do some filming along The Harrow Way for a couple of days with an old friend.
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