Locks & Bolts



Mary, a friend in the USA, mentioned the Max Hunter Folk Song Collection at Missouri State University, one of several important audio and written collections in America. Locks & Bolts is from Max Hunter’s 1960 field recording of Harrison Burnett of Fayetteville, Arkansas. I was much taken with his singing of this song which is by far the best version I know, though it suits me to take it at a somewhat faster pace.

The photo was taken by Judith, an old friend who spotted the door whilst on holiday in France. She sent it to me saying I might find a use for it one day. In the fullness of time it became the perfect illustration for one of my most satisfying albums.