Aunty Mags re-appears for her last trip down memory lane, for now, with her reminiscences of family life in Carmarthen.
Ramblings and tales of Priory Street and Carmarthen in general. It’s the last installment for now but she is screaming at me to come up to film more. She has so much more to tell and it would be a crime not to archive her memories..
Tommy Harden of Lost Hollow shares, "Our 12 year old son, Rowan, found a heart shaped rock on the beach while we were filming. We put it in the anchor hole of the ship because it was too heavy to lug around. As we were wrapping up filming, I looked at the rock and the hole and showed it to our videographer Seimon. I said, 'Look! O Heart' as the anchor hole was literally the "O" and the rock the heart. He got his camera back out and said in his thick Welsh accent, "Now that's art!" It's the opening shot of a truly sensational video.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 28, 2020) -- The 2018 Indie Music Channel’s Americana Artist of the Year and Emerging Band of the Year, Lost Hollow, featuring vocalists Tommy and Lorrie Harden, announces the premiere of its breathtaking new video for “Oh Heart” off its latest album, Looking for Happy . The video can be seen HERE and the album is available on iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify.
The stunning video for “Oh Heart” was shot by photographer/videographer Seimon Pugh-Jones, a Welsh historian, at the childhood home of poet and writer Dylan Thomas, in Swansea, Wales, and at nearby Ferryside Beach. The sweeping landscapes and dramatic skies provide an amazing backdrop, both physically and metaphorically, for this mesmerizing love song, written by Tommy Harden, Lorrie Harden, Kellys Collins, and Jeff Smith.
With achingly beautiful harmonies accompanied by acoustic guitar, the first line of the second verse sums up the song’s powerful message from the protagonist to her broken heart:
“What I could do if tears would turn to glue; I’d fix you up and we could love like new,” anchored by the final line of the chorus, “If you just keep beating, I’ll keep breathing.”
Lorrie said, "For us it was like being in heaven, one of those days where you don't want it to end. Everywhere you rested your eyes, it was just sheer beauty. We're so grateful to our Welsh friends who put so much into this video."
Recorded in Tommy's Dungeon in Nashville, Looking for Happy is a 12-track ode to the pursuit of happiness as told from the perspective of the Hardens. The powerful songwriting duo explores themes ranging from the ups and downs of companionship to the sorrow of heartbreak and the dizzy excitement of living in the moment. Lost Hollow's succinct, candid songwriting is delivered beautifully, with soulful harmonies and masterful instrumental arrangements.
The first single from Looking for Happy , “Shine On,” and its accompanying video HERE have deeply affected thousands by telling the gripping story of Sancy Shaw, an adored wife and mother of four, tragically taken too soon by a drunk driver.
Lost Hollow has been described as an emotional powerhouse with two amazing voices weaving intricate and compelling songs. As songwriters, the Hardens had two cuts on Reba McEntire’s double platinum–selling album Duets . They were inducted into the IMC Hall of Fame in 2019. For more information, visit losthollowband.com
TIA MCGRAFF AND TOMMY PARHAM IN CONVERSATION WITH BB SKONE
Tia McGraff, Americana artist of the year 2019 (IMEA Awards)
Hailing from south of Toronto, Ontario Canada, Tia McGraff is an internationally-renowned, award-winning Americana singer-songwriter and gifted author with Scottish and Transylvanian roots. Tia’s performances, her angelic voice and well-crafted song writing have been described as ‘soul-stirring, thought provoking and providing promises of hope’ in a world full of chaos, broken dreams and uncertainty.
With seven international CD releases, various film/tv placements, and numerous nominations and awards including Americana CD of the Year first round nomination for 2018/2016 Grammy Awards , 2019 multi-nominee for Kingdom Image Awards , and Posi Award finalist, as well multiple Best Of lists, Tia and Tommy have earned a respect in the music industry and a global fan base. The duo have a gift for ‘getting to the heart of the matter’ and writing relatable songs about life, love and this crazy world we live in.
The 2018 release of “Stubborn In My Blood” continues to place well on RMR, Euro, Indie and Folk radio charts globally, earned Best Of 2018 ranking and has been featured on tastemaker and notable radio and TV shows such as Bob Harris Country on BBC Radio 2, CMT Canada and Blue Plate Special.
“Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham continue proving they are one of the best creative duos working today with the release of Stubborn in My Blood and the album’s eleven songs will be invaluable additions to their live act. It’s a deep feeling and thoughtful album full of the heart and tears defining our lives.”
Tia and Tommy, have many friends in Wales and have toured the UK many times.
She has played at the Sessiwn Fawr and headlined at Llangollen Eisteddfod with Joan Baez and Jose Carreres.
Listen to their music and in conversation with Pembrokeshire’s own B.B. Skone. Mother Bear captured their performance in an Americana Festival at the now defunct Tin Shed in Laugharne.
VOICES FROM WALES – FORTY-FOUR OF FIFTY-TWO , Christian Pattemore – Drive
January 31st was the day that Alan McGhee’s label, Creation23 released the single, Drive by Christian Pattemore. McGhee has managed or championed acts such as Oasis, Primal Scream, The Jesus and the Mary Chain and The Libertines.
Christian Pattemore commented on social media " I’m still buzzing from all the positive responses I've had so far for "Drive". Lots of people commented on the video .
"Filming took place literally one-year ago in Sub-zero temperatures and snow on higher ground in Ferryside, Carmarthenshire .....but what an amazing sunset! Such a fantastic day.
"I'd like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you once again to Seimon Pugh-Jones and Andy Edwards from Mother Bear productions in Carmarthen for their vision, cinematography, editing and the fact they made this happen."
VOICES FROM WALES – FORTY-THREE OF FIFTY-TWO , AUNTY MAGS PART 7
Aunty Mags re-appears for another trip down memory lane with her reminiscences of family life in Carmarthen.
Ramblings and tales of Priory Street and the Printers Arms: hairdressers, horse fairs, tall jockeys, Great War farewells on a Carmarthen railway station, berserk horses and sapper trenches in Gallipoli. It’s all here!
There’s one more instalment! But I have been phoned and asked when am I coming up next as she has got loads more stories to tell!
We have been working on this video for the past six months off and on. It is part of an educational project on behalf of the Carmarthen Coracle Netsmen Association.
It was part funded by the Heritage Lottery. Alongside this on the People’s Collection of Wales is a vast archive of stories and tales surrounding the practicalities of coracle fishing and the myths and stories that have surrounded the fishing community of Carmarthen.
It has been put together as a heritage project for local schools.
Mother Bear has been sick and poorly ill over Christmas and new year so hasn’t been able to get out and film any specific Xmas activity.
The natural storytelling of Margaret Lee is once again the subject. There’s not many left I promise!
Social history is so important, and everyone should archive their own in whatever way they can. In this digital world it’s easy to take photos but it’s just as easy to record testimonies through video or audio recording. I urge people to get out there and press the record button.