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Trevor Beales – Fireside Stories (Hebden Bridge Circa 1971-1974)


Sometimes the best discoveries are right under your nose. Basin Rock, the Todmorden label that’s brought us a select international roster of Nadia Reid, Julie Byrne, Andrew Tuttle, Aoife Nessa Frances and others in recent times, has now unearthed a genuine treasure from its own Calder Valley home. Son of a West Yorkshire soldier and an Algerian stenographer, who settled in the region after meeting in the Second World War, Trevor Beales was composing and playing folk guitar at a young age. Inspired by the likes of Dylan, Django Reinhardt and Welsh folkie Dave Evans, this scintillating batch of songs was recorded in the attic of the family house at various points in the early ’70s, some written when Beales was still a teenager.

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There’s a poise and assurance here that belies his years. Beales’ pliant fingerpicking style echoes that of Nick Drake or John Renbourn. Or Evans himself, whose 1974 instrumental “Braziliana” is given a nimble makeover. Everything else is original, showcasing a rare talent that moved seamlessly between piquant narratives, social realism and existential musings. “Marion Belle” is a sinister seafaring tale of ill…

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