Harry Stafford- Guitar Shaped Hammers

Harry Stafford- Guitar Shaped Hammers

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With influences from: Tom Waits, Diamanda Galas, Hoagy Carmichael, Jerry lee Lewis and Nick Cave, it was a case of assimilating the spirit of his heroes to find his own voice. By 2016 Harry Stafford had gathered together a collection of songs that told stories which covered all his areas of fervour and interest. There were bar room Ballads, Funeral Blues, End of the world piano dub, Bebop mash-ups and punk jazz tales of melodrama and murder. This was to be the Album; ‘Guitar Shaped Hammers’ Along the way he had gathered together a bunch of musicians who shared his sense of drama and musical schizophrenia. Inca babies and Membranes drummer, Rob Haynes, Andrew Mills of ‘Folk assassins’ Acid Haystack and the shattered Villain, blues virtuoso Vincent O’ Brien and Trumpet Maestro Kevin Davy (Osibisa, Lamb, Cymande), all made time to be part of this exciting project. With their input, and a wall of technology, other sounds and effects found a place in the mix. Tape loops and space echo appeared to allow the songs an inclination for Dub and a platform to sometimes create a reverb storm. Songs like Last Rhyming Poets and Call Me Almighty, emerged from a piano refrain. Dagger and Three Wished Blues began to take on epic narrative forms as ever more chapters and layers were introduced. After careful production and re mixing by Harry Stafford and Dean Glover at Vibe studios in Manchester - the album is finally released.

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