Glen Peters has recorded his first CD helped out by some distinguished folk musicians such as Eliza Carthy, Angharad Jenkings and George Whitfield. It featuresa variety ofsong repertoire that are political, comedic and environmentally thought provoking. All proceeds from the CD will go to Unicef’s global vaccination programme.
Glen discovered British folk, as a recently arrived immigrant in the 1970s. The folk club scene was vibrant, people were welcoming and he soon became involved in singing and collecting his own songs and running his own folk club. Now, 40 years later he has recorded his first CD, Just for the record which features some of the songs that have played a part of his journey with folk music.
Damascus skies was written about the young Syrian boy who was washed up on a beach in Turkey and whose “picture moved a million hearts”. Slaving for your craving is a song about the Chinese cockle pickers who perished in Morecambe Bay and Lord, you never told me, is a song about Tony Blair’s decision to invade Iraq.
Glen is a committed environmentalist and wrote The sun is quite a hottie for his grandson. Aurora is about the sun goddess of dawn.He also collected unusual musical hall monologues and songs from the early 20th Century and set them to song. She does like a little bit of Scotch and He used to sing in his sleep are comedy songs which are aided by the superb accordion playing of George Whitfield.
Glen sings and plays the guitar, octave mandolin and traditional mandolin. Angharad Jenkings and Eliza Carthy help out on fiddle. Alan Coy plays sousaphone, Patrick De Broux plays hurdy gurdy and Angharad Williams accompanies on cello. Recording, production and organ by Lee Mason at Fflach studios in Aberteifi.
Glen, who lives in Pembrokeshire,runs the events programme at Rhosygilwen.