Currently recording his third album - follow up to debut 'Book One' (2013) and 'The Year Of Happy'(2014), Jamie Telford's diverse career has included performing with The Jam and The Style Council, writing and performing on two albums with Richard Strange, and writing music for theatre. After taking a popular musical sabbatical he retrained as a classical composer. Subsequently he has had orchestral pieces performed by the Southbank Sinfonia, and the National Youth Orchestra among others, and had piano pieces played widely. A maverick with a healthy disregard for pigeon holes and labels, Jamie happily breaks musical boundaries in pursuit of his original ideas, all whilst wearing Elton John's old suits.
A scathing attack on the Blair years weaves in astrophysics, while a note in a second-hand book sparks a meditation on love and mortality. Welcome to the universe according to Jamie Telfordbacked by his talented associates, Cameron Graham, and Julian Simmons. It's a haunting, beautiful place to visit and the culmination of a chameleon's career in music. Jamie's songs are as likely to draw inspiration from New Scientist articles, or Shakespeare, the life of St. Francis of Assisi or Mad Men's Don Draper. Live performances have featured artworks and installations - including images created from the microscopic worlds of plants by Rob Kesseler.
The album features 11 songs written on a hillside in Scotland in the winter of 2012/13. Recorded in 'Din' and 'Luxury Noise' Studios, London, recorded/co-produced with Julian. It's the follow up full length to debut album 'Book One'. The sound is eclectic and literate - powered by an uncommon lyrical and musical intelligence. The resultant music - animated by Jamie's exceptionally clear and true vocal - is wry, wise, occasionally weird, and utterly fresh. As well as contributions from the three main players, the musical landscape of the new album 'The Year Of Happy' was augmented with Baroque Bassoon from Jane Gower, Bass from Jon Kensington, guitar from Ivor Talbot, Horns fromMatthew Tucker and John Croft, and the beautiful Mezzo Soprano voice of Lore Lixenberg, giving it an impressively varied sound-world.
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