FIRESIDE STORIES (HEBDEN BRIDGE CIRCA 1971-74) (LP)
Recorded in the attic of the family home at Ivy Bank in Charlestown on the verdant wooded slopes at the edge of Hebden Bridge between 1971 and 1974, these early recordings are collected here for the first time and mark Trevor Beales long-overdue solo debut. In these songs is a suffer-no-fools sense of realism that is defiantly Northern, yet also expresses a worldliness that belies Beales" young years, whilst also showcasing an inherent storyteller"s ear for narrative. Here is a postcard from the past at that crucial musical period of transition, when the idealistic exponents of the 1960s emerged into an austere new decade that was to be shaped by strikes, rising unemployment and economic upheaval. Trevor Beales died suddenly and unexpectedly on March 29th 1987, aged 33.