Hello, hope life is going ok for you. Putting my toe back in the water after a break here are 3 live shows this Autumn. Loving the sound of the guitars with the new pick ups so really looking forward to playing. I’ll be featuring songs from all the albums from ‘Ship to Shore’ 1976 to ‘Raft’ 2014. Be glad to see you there. Please share this gig info with your friends. Thanks.
A Cry for Peace. Live studio session. NMJ - guitar/vocals and Steve McDaniel - piano.
In 1980 NMJ was an inshore life boat crewman and had to learn the phonetic alphabet which sat on the music stand on his piano in Port Isaac. One day the tune and words just jumped out at him. Haunted by this song since he wrote it in 1980 NMJ decided it had to be revisited the way it was written, with piano and no overdubs. This live studio recording was filmed and is the first of a series only available as downloads direct from this site.
The song first appeared on the NMJ album ‘Water from the Well’ in 1986 and was produced by Nigel Gray renowned producer of the first three albums and singles of ‘The Police’.
Download income will help continue this live series. Poor payments dictated by online corporates mean many artists creative survival now depends on direct sales. Enjoy the ‘free to view’ You Tube film and as a fair barter for this artists work please buy the high quality Wav or MP3 download here.
‘Raft’ New album featuring 12 string guitars and glissando. With Guy Evans of Van Der Graaf Generator - drums and percussion, Rog Patterson - Chapman Stick - fretless bass and acoustic, Jo Lucy - violin, Oscar Morse - Sax, Jim Nield - electric guitar, Rob Phillips - fretless bass, Margaret MJ - piano, Dave Reeves - harmonicas, Oscar Morse - Sax. Original paintings Pete Loveday
Atmospheric influences from the rugged North Cornish coastline and the story of 'Raft' - Some of these pieces were written, played and recorded simultaneously. All 'string' sounds are created by glissando.
"There ís a complexity to his approach, ferocity edged with a brittle beauty .. joy of living pervades .. often rainbow lit." - Mojo May 2014
"lyrical inspiration, daring instrumental tracks that shine. 8 out of 10" - Uncut Magazine
"entirely original acoustic folk sound, some of the best acoustic music in the UK" - Shindig! Magazine
"An undoubted musical maverick, there is something profoundly elemental about his music" - R2 (Rock n Reel) Magazine