"What is life? It is the flash of a firelfly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."
Chief Crowfoot’s last words, 1890
These songs were written during and around two visits to Eastern Tennessee with my mum in April-May 2014 and March 2015 to visit and care for her younger sister Kay who lived on her own with failing health, who passed away (thankfully, at home in her sleep with her dogs by her side) near the end of our second visit.
Boz Hayward, May 2017
Night of the Fireflies, Patsy Lane and The People Are Good are dedicated to Kay Mack nee Drummond, 1942-2015 formerly of Burnage, Manchester
Thanks to Maria Hayward, Beryl and Ven Hayward, Chorlton Folk Club, Harry Stafford, Phil Korbel and all the musicians who kindly participated on this record. Thank you also to the staff at the Athens Amedysis Hospice in Tennessee who made daily visits up Dayton Mountain. Thanks also to Debbie & Joel and Ann Case (health food, haircuts and peanut butter cookies!).
Night of the Fireflies youtu.be/B62RWPK8twM
The People Are Good youtu.be/T-7C7EHIAz0
released July 7, 2017
All music and words by Boz Hayward © 2017.
Bert Weill Productions in association with German Shepherd Records.
Fliss Anderson, Lisa Clare, Annie Cubbin and Shona Rae from Manchester Larks choir (#2);
Chorlton Folk Club (23.03.17): backing vocals (#9);
Dan Bridgwood-Hill: violin, piano, farfisa;
Ellie Bryce: domra
Rick Burrows: trumpet, melodica;
Pat Clarke: harmonica (#4);
Mark Greer: slide guitar;
Virginia Harvey: backing vocal (#2, 3, 6, 8, 9);
Rob Haynes: drums (#1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9);
Annabelle LLoyd: clarinet;
Sally Mason: backing vocal (#3, 6, 7, 9);
Clive Mellor: harmonica (#2, 9);
Lucy Ridges: backing vocal (#2, 3, 6, 8, 9);
Phil Robinson: guitarron (acoustic bass), guitars, lead guitars (#4, 7), accordion;
Ajay Saggar: electric bass (#8);
Eddie Wastnidge: cajon (#2, 5, 7, 8, 10);
Boz Hayward: vocal, backing vocal, guitars, lead guitar (#3), piano, keyboards.
Recorded mainly by Phil Robinson in his front room in his old house in Chorlton, Manchester and later in Sale, Cheshire. Also recorded by Boz Hayward in his loft in Chorlton, next door’s (for the choir!), at the Lloyd’s in Aigburth, Liverpool, and Deebz’s old bedroom, cellar and pad in Salford between January 2015 and May 2017.
Mixed by Phil Robinson and Boz Hayward.
Mastered by Karl Sveinsson at Queen’s Ark Audio, West Point, Levenshulme, Manchester.
Cover fireflies photograph: M. Gugliucciello - gugliucciello.blogspot.com