The Hedge Schools – Music From a Sacred Place Apr18

The Hedge Schools – Music From a Sacred Place...

The Hedge Schools return with a new album: ‘Magnificent Birds’ is another collection of beautiful songs worthy of your attention.

The Hedge Schools – At The End Of A Winding Day...

Somewhere along the line, in the very modern pursuit of making everything instantly accessible, we fell out of love with the idea of craft, with the notion that something created with love and care has a greater value. Mass consumerism was taken to another level with the advent of the internet – literally everything became available at the click of a button, instant gratification at our fingertips.  Nowhere was this more evident than in the music business. The process of making and releasing music went from a multi-stage process where creative input was required on many of the steps along the way to an accelerated operation that eventually spews out music as a stream of bits and bytes, recorded, distributed and promoted in the digital world. We all benefit from the readily available, instant access to the music we like but what do we lose? What have we traded in to get to this point? A few days ago, a package arrived in the post.  Inside was an album from a Dublin musician who I have never met, but know through various exchanges on Twitter and Facebook.  From our brief and infrequent online interactions, I know Pat Barrett to be someone who is passionate, knowledgeable and opinionated about music. I also knew that he had been working on this album for some time. It was obviously a labour of love for him but nothing I knew could have prepared me for the fruits of that labour, a beautifully luminous surprise on a cold January day. At The End Of A Winding Day by the Hedge Schools comes wrapped in a gorgeous, simply designed cardboard sleeve; before a single note is played the packaging screams craft, love, care. You know instantly this is an album made...