an album for 2020
EARTH FELT THE WOUND
words Kate Westbrook
music Mike Westbrook
THE GRANITE BAND
Kate Westbrook voice Roz Harding saxophones
Jesse Molins guitar Matthew North guitar
Billie Bottle bass guitar/voice
Mike Westbrook piano Coach York drums
produced by Jay Auborn
Hard on the heels of their ‘epic and ground-breaking’ Granite project, Kate and the Granite Band with producer Jay Auborn are back with a major new album. Recorded in Summer 2019 in the depths of the Devon countryside, mixed and mastered at dBs studios Bristol, Earth Felt the Wound deploys state-of-the-art recording to stunning effect and takes Kate and The Granite Band in a radically new direction.
Earth Felt the Wound - its title a quote from Milton’s Paradise Lost - is an album of extremes, from the intimate to the epic, from the tenderness of the Rossini ballad Once Upon a Time to the rock histrionics of Drowned in the Flood. It opens with with one of Westbrooks’ most lyrical songs The Streams of Lovely Lucienne and closes with the exuberant comedy of Rooster Rabelais. Elsewhere Kate’s lyrics examine the contemporary issues of climate change and threats to the planet. The song at the heart of the album, Storm Petrel takes its title from the tiny seabird that spends its life on the ocean, while beneath its dancing feet sea levels are rising.
Kate’s collaboration with Mike began with their jazz cabaret Mama Chicago, which won the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Award in 1978. There has followed a succession of music-theatre pieces, settings of European poetry, operas and original song cycles. Kate’s lyrics are often a response to contemporary social, cultural and environmental issues. A notable example is The Serpent Hit, a Political Fable, recorded in 2013, produced by the late Jon Hiseman. Granite, a composition inspired by her love of Dartmoor and its granite quarries, was recorded in 2018, her first collaboration with Jay Auborn. To perform it she brought together the group of highly individualistic, open-minded and ‘rock solid’ musicians who make up The Granite Band.
Kate Westbrook The Granite Band EARTH FELT THE WOUND
Westbrook Records WR 006
Information about the CD
supported by Airshaft Trust
and by Patrons of Earth Felt The Wound
world-wide distribution by Proper Music Distribution
Management Peter Conway email@example.com
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Sid Smith, reviewing Granite in Prog Magazine commented on “the Westbrooks’ wilful disregard of pigeonholing”. The new album proves once again that Kate and composer Mike Westbrook don’t acknowledge musical boundaries.
photo: Sergio Amadori
Three Songs from Earth Felt The Wound
Threat of Natural Disaster
The Granite Band
Once Upon A Time
The Streams of Lovely Lucienne
The Granite Band