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Strumammy's Second CD

This is Strumammy’s second CD which again shows a remarkable variety of song-writing approaches: from the wistful melancholy of John’s song to the menacing drama of Brendan’s and finishing with the joyous exuberance of Pete’s. It was recorded at the Lancaster Music Co-op on April 22nd 2001. Strumammy will be gigging in Lancaster in the near future. Look out for news and further information.

Strumammy can be contacted on 01524 67597 or emailed at

The cover photographs, taken by John, are of carvings at Kilpeck Priory in the Golden Valley.

DAZE (by John Rigby) 5m 45s
This could be seen as a reflective song which describes the impermanence of plans and dreams. The lady in the chorus feels that life has left her behind but the narrator tells her not to worry, pointing out that those who jump on the roundabout often do so by selling their souls to the consumer society.

NIGHT-STALKER (by Brendan Cronin) 5m 48s
Down from the moor comes Grendel, fiendish descendant of Cain, the brother-murderer. The song looks inside his mind and suggests that even this monster can leave the paths of misery and find true happiness.


AFRICAN PIASSAVA (by Peter Quinn) 3m 55s
What went on behind those iron factory work­gates in that filthy north-western town? The work-gates topped by the exotic inscription ñê African Piassavai. Did the workers dream of an escape to far-flung places? When the whistle went for lunch-break did they cast aside their tools and start dancing like dervishes?

THANKS TO: lan Dicken for production and engineering, John Rig by for the photographs and Pete Hyde for the graphics.