Harvest Home by the Bard of Ely

Sep 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: Articles

Harvest Home follows the Pagan calendar

Harvest Home is a folk-rock song of mine that follows the Pagan seasonal calendar from the Vernal Equinox, through to Summer Solstice and onward to the Harvest Festivals. It was included on the Taffia EP on Crai Records in 2002, but it started life as a poem. The lyrics of Harvest Home had been published in Alan Craw’s Goth and Underground music fanzine entitled Cyrkel Spynn.

A friend suggested that it would make a great song if music was added and so I came up with some chords and a melody and the song was born.

Video of the chords used: https://youtu.be/CSRW59BhALQ

I recorded Harvest Home at the home studio of fellow musician and singer-songwriter Nathaniel ‘Nat’ Shelley, who is the son of Burke Shelley, bass player for the legendary Welsh rock band Budgie. I sang the song and played acoustic guitar and Nat, who is a brilliant producer and who fronted his own band at the time called Transposer, came up with the rest.

We both were fans of John Lennon and were aiming for a nod in his direction and a psychedelic feel to Harvest Home. The backwards tape intro was created using a cassette I had originally sent to Nat so he could hear a rough demo of my song.

As a matter of interest, the Taffia EP was fronted by my song You’re a Liar, Nicky Wire, which was a humorous rant about the catering disaster that took place on the night of the Manic Millennium.

Harvest Home was included in the soundtrack of Philip Gardiner’s horror movie Curse of the Blue Moon Inn. Gardiner, by the way, is the author of The Serpent Grail, and is well-known for his books and film-making.

Harvest Home was also covered by Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Iorio. And, although druids and pagans pick up on the references to the Summer Solstice and the turning of the wheel of the year, this song has proved to be popular with a much wider audience.

Steve Andrews

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2 Comments to “Harvest Home by the Bard of Ely”

  1. Debbie Allen says:

    Love this and all the photos too. Did I see you holding Tiggy in one of them?

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