An almost serious attempt to do the ' fiddly diddly ' green style and more than a passing nod to Jethro Tull . Begun initially in the rehearsal studio - refined and lengthened over time it has become a real crowd pleaser in both rock and acoustic formats over the years. Highly deserving of a remix, the tune introduces the new album splendidly.
AWAY IN THE DISTANCE
Originally written many years ago, Patrick first introduced this song about city life prior to the band's headlining appearance at the Vienna Folk Festival in Austria in 2008.Since this time the song has become a very popular part of the acoustic set and due to interest in this tune the chaps now perform an extended version with a brand new third verse.
Stage favourite and popular local radio tune which regularly appears towards the end of an acoustic soiree. First appeared on the Seven Seas album and reflects Patrick's thoughts about guardian angels. This is the latest updated and extended version of the song reflecting how the piece has developed as a real tour de force during the last few years featuring soaring dual violin parts.
MERRILY KISSED THE QUAKER
A traditional instrumental tune which crept into the acoustic set some ago and has remained a standard since. Not surprisingly a great favourite with audiences. A nice blend of piano accordion and violin. Tweaked and extended of course by band members to give it that extra Flame appeal.
DREAMS JUST FADE AWAY
An original tune from Rob which highlights the dreams people have and how such ideas often grow but ultimately fade under the influence of alcohol. Another stalwart of the current acoustic set.
ONE DAY WITHOUT YOU
The music of John Martyn is a continuing influence within band ranks and several of John's tunes are currently performed live within the acoustic format. This piece is a good example of one of them with Paul giving it his all on his mandolin.
One of several instrumental pieces featuring the violin performed regularly within the acoustic set and significant as this piece has been written by Paul who lends his name to the title.
EVERY MANS AN ISLAND
Another of Patrick.s songs from way back when which has recently reappeared in live sets. Lyrically appropriate for the modern age lamenting the loss of so many things in favour of greed, envy and half truths.
SANDS OF TIME
Traditional celtic tune which was a very popular piece in many of the Originally released as the title track of Patrick.s second album back in 1995. Now remixed for a new outing on this album. Tells the story of a derelict old house by the seaside that eventually one day does get bought, spruced up and lived in.
TINKERS TALE/MAYFLY AND OLD TOAD
Two instrumental pieces for the price of one. Jethro Tull leanings abound in both tracks which reflect the countryside of yesterday. Peter keeps things busy fluting away in true Ian Anderson style.
A very personal song from the heart written by David exploring the relationship he had for many years with his daughter Laura.
CARRON LOUGH BAY
Traditional celtic tune which was a very popular piece in many of the band.s early acoustic performances. Deserving of a studio release for all kinds of reasons.
THE HUNTSMANS DAUGHTER
Featuring our ex flautist and wild front man Ben Daglish on whistles, this folk rock instrumental was played extensively in Tull tribute shows during 2004/2005. This is a remix of the track that appeared on the Sports in Perfect Harmony album during 2004 and highlights just how a whistle should be played.
FALLING FROM GRACE AGAIN
One of David.s songs which was originally recorded on the Cold Flame mobile. As with many of his compositions, rather a personal and poignant observation of life as seen through his eyes.
Simple little acoustic tune with a catchy chorus and a haunting and evocative riff . A song all about childhood memories .Growing up at a time when most people took photographs and transferred them onto slides for family get togethers throughout the year but especially during dark , cold winter months where the focus always carried to the big wide projector screen . Originally released on the Seven Seas album back in 2003, this is a brand new version of the tune.
AIRS OF ARGYLL
David.s take on Scottish/ celtic music resulted in this quirky short instrumental.
LIVING IS FOR LOVING
Vindaloo folk rock from the band. A blues tune that originally appeared on the On Thin Ice album completely reworked to suit the folk rock approach of the acoustic line up. Despite being toned down a tad it still zooms along at a rate of knots. Simple point being made lyrically . life is too short so get out there and enjoy it.
One of those instrumental pieces that started out as something else and developed in a different direction. Refined in rehearsals by Patrick and Peter. Nice way to complete the album.