Alison

by Daryl James

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ALL PROCEEDS UNTIL 26TH AUG GO TO CANCER COUNCIL QLD, NAME YOUR PRICE. In honour of Alison and the great support they gave to her, and everyone else affected.

Daryl James’s new single ‘Alison’ sees him take a new approach in what has been described as the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Blues/Roots world. This song has a deep story entwined within it, which started as a seed growing to take on a life of its own.

A few years back I did a crowdfunding campaign for my debut single ‘27’, and one of the rewards people who donated could choose was a personal jingle composed by yours truly. My dear friend and Aunt in law Alsion donated and chose a personal jingle, which is how the song came into existence.

Alison had been fighting cancer for a number of years and after beating it time and time again against all odds, passed away a few months ago. She was a musician herself and a deep and innovate thinker highly involved in the local community in various forward thinking and conscious projects.

Unfortunately she never got to hear the song in its final form, but she really loved the jingle version. I felt incredibly guided in the recording of this song, and I believe her spirit lives on in it. I feel the song itself is cathartic in its nature and I hope it helps give some peace to people who are suffering loss.

I will be putting the song up for download exclusively on Bandcamp 1 week before and after the single launch. All proceeds during this period will be going to Cancer Council QLD who did so much great work caring for Alison.

I worked with Alison and her team at Woodford Folk Festival, doing workshops with an instrument called a Humarimba. It is basically a giant marimba that you strap to 2 people who suspend it, and then 3 people can play it. I actually recorded the Humarimba on the track you can hear it underneath the guitar solo.

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Alison, Alison. Your art is your heart
Alison, Alison. You’ve come so far now it’s time to start again

Your blank canvas carries you away, so your colourful heart can bloom
And finally you reach the trees in the distance
Its freedom
Now you’re awake and you feel no pain, only love remains
You’re with us again, with us always
Just a dream away

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released August 18, 2019

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Daryl James QLD, Australia

Hailing from Snowdonia North Wales UK, guitarist/songwriter Daryl James fuses gritty ska/blues with raw acoustic roots, bringing to life his down to earth and soulful songs with truly innovative and enchanting musicianship, and a live show that has your feet and jaw on the floor! ... more

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