He Walked on the Side of the Sea

by Kelly Oliver ft. Will Pound

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Just in from Spiral Earth : From her first gig in May 2013 Kelly Oliver seems to be getting on everyones radar, from that gig to Cambridge Folk fest, radio play and a record deal within a few months marks her out as someone pretty special. She has just released a new version of the song ‘He Walked On The Side Of The Sea’, from her ‘Far From Home’ EP.
This new version brings in BBC Folk Award nominee Will Pound for a gorgeous harmonica duet.

www.spiralearth.co.uk/news/story.asp?nid=8427


Kelly Oliver and WIll Pound perform on this beautiful track, which results in a sublime Harmonica duet.
In this recording the sometimes harsh instrument seems at times tamed and then almost simultaneously released as it soars into the song with Will's world class performance revealing a playful, dancing aspect to the song.
Not unlike the country which inspired it.

By releasing on St Patricks Day a track inspired by Ireland, from an Irish descendent, with a rare duet on harmonicas from two young musicians at either end of the experience spectrum, we are hoping you enjoy this track and it's halcyon view of all things Irish, as much as the couple performing it in this new version. The original is available on Kelly's EP 'Far From Home'.

Will Pound, at the tender age of 25 is nominated in this year’s BBC 2 Folk Awards as Musician of the Year primarily for his distinctive Harmonica style, which has been carefully captured on this single,

This date of 17th March has been chosen primarily because the song is inspired by Kelly’s first visit to the Emerald Isle – the homeland of her grandmother. She was taken by the hospitality of the Irish, which inspired the song, as this quote explains :
“I wrote He Walked on the Side of the Sea after my first ever visit to Ireland. My Grandmother was Irish, and I've always felt a strong connection to the Irish culture and especially Irish music. While I was visiting there, someone told me I had an 'Irish face', and so came the lyric 'the island that gave me my smile'. It was after this trip, three years ago, that I began playing and then writing folk music, but only last year started performing my own songs in public. Having stayed with my friend's family, on an island just off the coast of Donegal, this song champions the hospitality of the Irish people, along with the good humour, the accent, the music, the drinking and the chivalry” Kelly Oliver.

lyrics

Welcome home. Though I've never before seen from where I was born,
and the island that gave me my smile.
Don't be long, though you'll have lots of fun and you'll meet more than one who will treat you as good as you are.
And all with a joke and a drink and a voice you could listen to hour after hour.

There's that boy. And he's joining me in, and he's leading the way,
as he shows me a day in his world.
There's so much to see and so much to believe,
you go on there, don't wait up for me.

He showed me around and he walked next to me,
and he made sure he walked on the side of the sea,
and he started to laugh when I made fun of him.
And he listened to me like I listened to him.

We sit down, and we talk and we talk, and he knows what I mean,
and he listens and tells me the same.
I'm amazed, like I was when I heard how he played the first chord, I could listen again and again.
The fire's gone out and there's smoke in my eyes,
but just play me the one song again.

And he showed me around and he walked next to me,
and he made sure he walked on the side of the sea,
and he started to laugh when I made fun of him.

It turned cold, and we'd finished the song at the start of the day,
I'd kept him awake for too long.
Then she came, and he turned his head, he looked her way,
with nothing more to say.
Then she came.

That was the end, but as I travelled home,
I'll never forget how he sang me that song,
he welcomed me in, he went out of his way,
and he made me a part of his day.

He showed me around and he walked next to me,
and he made sure he walked on the side of the sea,
and he started to laugh when I made fun of him.
And he listened to me, he listened to me.

And he showed me around and he walked next to me,
and he made sure he walked on the side of the sea,
and he started to laugh when I made fun of him.
And he listened to me like I listened to him. ©Kelly Oliver

credits

released February 16, 2014
Kelly Oliver - vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion
Will Pound - harmonica
Lauren Deakin Davies - bass
Production by Lauren Deakin Davies

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Folkstock Records UK

Boutique label releasing handpicked singer songwriters from the Folkstock fold.
Most engineering, mixing and mastering by Lauren Deakin Davies.
Except Bright Season by Bright Season - released 31st May 2014
The F Spot by Friends of Folkstock - release date 17th May 2014
Passing the Baton - Swarb and Folkstock friends - 5th April 2014
Debut EP release from Kelly Oliver on 26.11.13. Far From Home
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