From the 2017 album ‘As Fortune Would Have It’.
In the 1974 I compiled a travelling theatre presentation which twenty of us took around England in a bus. The show, made up of songs, sketches and dancing, was called ‘Here In The Distance’ and explored, in a light-hearted way, the theme of relationships in people and society. The venture was funded by the British Council of Churches and our home churches (we came from different parts of the country). The song came out of my visit to London when I was gathering ideas for the production.
Sue Ashby played piano, Will Fletcher, viola, Phil Milner, bass guitar, and Nigel Pegrum (who also produced the album) played percussion on this 1981 recording.
Dave was a teacher in early 1970s Stevenage. Unhappy with his school and the students he was pleased to find a folk club, and a way out of teaching for good. He decided to become a club performer. He already played piano and I was happy to show him the rudiments of folk guitar, give him a few songs to get him started and be driven to my own bookings by him, where he’d play the ‘floor spots’. He was a single-minded and remarkably quick learner, and it wasn’t long before he tumbled into professional singing. Eventually, after many adventures, he moved back to his beloved West Country, where he was at home in both senses of the word, and continued his playing and song writing until his early death in 2011.
I wrote ‘David Turns The Page’ and first recorded it in 1981 for the album Close Relations. It was a song he liked. I made the present, more reflective, recording early one morning because I was thinking about him.
Some time ago, having written out the melody line of After the Rain, I thought a slightly baroque arrangement would work. Not all the sampled orchestral instruments of Sibelius music software sound well, particularly the grouped strings in this edited version, but the oboe sounds quite natural.