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about

The 12-poem sequence, Estuary by Seán Street, is drawn from two books: Time Between Tides and Cello, both published by Rockingham Press. The poems were brought together as part of a joint performance project in 2015 for the Writing on the Wall Festival in Liverpool, featuring original music by Neil Campbell and readings by Seán, with vocals by Perri Alleyne-Hughes. Together, the words and music draw on the rich association between Great Britain and the seas, estuaries, rivers and harbours that have throughout history been a part of the fabric and psychology behind what it means to come from the British Isles. We are never far from the water, and indeed, its sounds and feelings ebb and flow through every moment of this piece.

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"Estuary is a journey, a meditation on mortality, of the ebb and flow of life itself..." - Tom Calderbank, Nerve Magazine

"A calming and absorbing listen which tastefully encompasses the spoken word with classical guitar, atmospheric soundscapes, electronica and interspersed with warm velvety vocals... an album to be savoured in its entirety" - Bob Mulvey, The Progressive Aspect

"a stirring merge of poetry, music, reading and singing. The more I listened to the ebb and flow, the surfacings and submergings between the poems and the music, the words spoken and the words sung, the deeper I fell into this haunting, haunted world, an inter-space both clearly itself and utterly mysterious." - Sandra Barry, The Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Blogspot

"Glimmering ambient textures lend an ethereal quality to peaceful recitations." - The Musician

"This is a seriously fine record and quite unlike anything we’ve heard for some time. A natural beauty." Peter Guy, Getintothis

"an unusual and highly evocative suite of pieces in which the sea in all its shades and moods is vividly brought to life - excellent stuff!" - Alan Hewitt, The Waiting Room

“An atmospheric record which effectively evokes the feel of the sea, while offering some attractive music which complements the lyrical content and sounds good in itself... a stirring work of sound and vision.” - Bill Parry, Holding Together

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released May 18, 2017

Poems by Seán Street
Music Composed by Neil Campbell
Seán Street (spoken voice), Perri Alleyne-Hughes (voice),
Neil Campbell (classical guitar, keyboards and soundscapes),
Marty Snape (electronics)
Engineered by Marty Snape
Additional Engineering by Jon Lawton

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Neil Campbell Liverpool, UK

Liverpool composer and multi-instrumentalist.

‘One of the best acoustic guitar players of our time’ - Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility

'an outstanding guitarist whose originality of thought makes him far more than just another gifted purveyor of finger acrobatics.' - Classical Guitar Magazine

'music of serious quality and distinction' - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
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