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Johnny Cash, A Middle Eastern Refugee And An Irish Cave

February 17, 2017

People have asked what’s the Johnny Cash connection with The Cave Sessions

wonder no more – here’s the story!

The Cave Sessions Vol.1 is available at all the usual places on the interwebs:

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Last minute world tour – tell me where to go!

January 24, 2017

I may be passing through your neck of the woods soon and I’ve got a quick question…

I made you a quick video on a misty Irish beach to explain! (apologies about the background noise – the ocean was being a bit rowdy!)

Let me here your comments below!

Speak soon – Andy

Cave Song Story: Nickajack Pt.2 – What I did instead…

July 22, 2016

Ever felt overwhelmed and helpless?

Ever just wanted to just move on and leave the past and the pain behind?

The start of that process begins with a decision. A decision to be the change regardless of circumstances – and sometimes that begins with giving yourself a good talking to!

Our protagonist (Davy the harp player) in his cave song (Psalm 57) puts it this way; “Awake, my soul!”

We wrote this track from the perspective of someone immersed in a set of circumstances that appear overwhelming yet who chooses to audibly remind himself/herself the promises and dreams yet to be fulfilled.

Somehow our words can pull us into our future and help unlock the hidden things that fear and intimidation try to blind us from.

It’ a choice

Have a listen: (this is the one with the Tibetan prayer bowl!)


Lyrics (For chord charts go here)

Wake up, wake up my soul and sing
You’ve held your silence for too long
It’s time to find your voice again
Here comes the sound, Here comes the song

Everywhere I go I’ll be your song
Everywhere I go, I’ll be, I’ll be your song

Get up, get up! You sleepy head
Shake off the shadows of the night
The drowsy fog of fear has gone
Darkness dies in the newborn light

Everywhere I go, I’ll be your song
Everywhere I go, I’ll be, I’ll be your song
Everywhere I go, I’ll be your song
Everywhere I go, I’ll be, I’ll be your song

Come on, come on! You dawning sky
Emerging shapes reveal the day
Light cascades upon the earth
Life is drawn out of the clay

Everywhere I go, I’ll be your song
Everywhere I go, I’ll be, I’ll be your song

Everywhere I go, I’ll be your song
Everywhere I go, I’ll be, I’ll be your song

Everywhere I go, I’ll be your song
Everywhere I go, I’ll be, I’ll be your song

Everywhere I go, I’ll be your song
Everywhere I go, I’ll be, I’ll be your song

Cave Sessions – Song Story: Adullam – How We Got Here In The First Place…

July 21, 2016

Our cave session songs were inspired by the songs of Davy the harp player, a singer/songwriter from around 3000 years ago.

Here’s the back story to track 2 titled “Adullam – How we got here in the first place…”

Have you ever made what seemed like a perfectly good decision only to find it led you into a mess of unforeseen circumstances where you were accused of all sorts of things you weren’t guilty of?

Well that’s what we tried to convey in this song. The doubt that comes when you begin to question how you ended up in this mess, dealing with people who have a hidden agenda and seem happy to use you.

But also the challenge of finding the hope that is always there if we’ll only step back and choose to see the bigger picture.

Have a listen.

Lyrics:

Lying in a bed of my own making

Surrounded by dogs baying for flesh

Am I so blind to my indiscretions

That I cannot see my part in this mess

We scream for revenge: an eye for an eye

When all of this time it’s mercy that we need

Oh my God, my hiding place

Saver of my skin

Ever gripped by your embracing wing

Take me in

Now I am sleeping with one eye open

Not really sure of who I can trust

Looking over my shoulder and guarding my back

Have all of my dreams turned into dust

Is hope an illusion? Is love a mirage?

Did we put our faith in the strength we thought we had?

Oh my God, my hiding place

Saver of my skin

Ever gripped by your embracing wing

Take me in

To your side

There I’ll hide

In the shadow of your frame

Sooner or later this danger will pass

I’ll be on my way out of this mess

These hounds will be snared in the traps that they set

I’ll finally be free from the howl of their threats

Oh my God, my hiding place

Saver of my skin

Ever gripped by your embracing wing

Take me in

Written by Andy Rogers, Joanne Hogg & Stu Reid.
Overture & string arrangements by Stu Reid.

The Cave Sessions Pre-Release

July 21, 2016

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On the north coast of Ireland where I live you’ll find some epic, beautiful scenery. However, hidden under this rugged landscape are some dark and forgotten sea caves which are rarely visited.

The Cave Sessions started out as an idea to find a cave with great acoustics, take a guitar and do a simple recording of some new songs.

In the process we ended up rediscovering songs that were written in a cave by a musician around 3000 years ago in the Middle East. At the time he was on the run, being hounded by his powerful but insecure father-in-law because of some political shenanigans.

He hid in caves and wrote songs from his experiences.

Those songs have been handed down to this day. We don’t have the original music but we do have his lyrics; words which have comforted and inspired generations ever since.

So we (Joanne Hogg, Stu Reid & I) took his words and recorded our own songs based on what he wrote.

What started life as a simple idea morphed into a full blown recording project. Effectively setting up a live recording studio in a dark and damp cave with an amazing team of musicians!

We filmed the sessions for you too – we really hope you enjoy them.

CaveSessions youtube Screenshot

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