‘Song to the Tin’ on BBC Countryfile!

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xciting stuff folk fans; i had a phone call from a lady at BBC Bristol earlier this month saying that Countryfile were making a programme about Dartmoor due out later in June and that their researchers had come across my song ‘Pride of the Moor’ which i had been commissioned to write by Exeter’s Spacex Gallery last year, celebrating the tin mining heritage of Dartmoor.

So last week myself and a trusty gaggle of singers i had gathered, ventured up to Crockern Tor on Dartmoor to meet the BBC Countryfile crew at Parliament Rock which was the old meeting place of Dartmoor’s annual Stannary Parliament. I was interviewed by Mister John Craven (i was hoping for Matt Baker but one musn’t grumble!) and it was very exciting chatting to the star of ‘NewsRound’ although i didn’t let on to him that i wasn’t particularly interested in the news as a kid and was always glad when Newsround was over so we could get on with the cartoons! After the interveiw filming was over we assembled all the singers and sang ‘Pride of the Moor’ (Song to the Tin) for the film crew. John asked me if it was available on an album and i had to admit to him that while it is due out on my new album this summer, i didn’t have any physical copies yet! Good news is that you can pre-order the digital version of the album right now should you so wish, it will be my first ever album of entirely self-penned songs and it also happens to mark ten years since the release of my debut album ‘Fruits of the Earth’ back in 2005. It has been produced by Devon’s Phil Beer of ‘Show of Hands’ fame and will feature some very special guest appearances from some well known Devon-based musicians, that’s all i’m telling you thus far! One more thing…

After my interview with Mr Craven we had to move to another rock to get ready for filming the song, John stood up and moved on first then i picked up my accordion and proceeded to follow him. After only a few steps i suddenly felt/heard a crunch under my feet… i’d only gone and stepped on Mr Cravens spectacles!!! Of course i apologised profusely, John said “no no no, it’s my fault for leaving them on the ground”. Unfortunately he still had a few shots to film that day so the film crew were going to try and either film him from the side of the un-shattered lens or film him a little blurry from a distance… he won’t forget me in a hurry!!!

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