A dark selection of vernacular songs, ranging from 18th Century Broadsides, to a Masonic initiation song and heroic examples of Medieval pan-European balladry. The Amfortas Wound was the product of eight months of intensive sessions at Hunter Barr's [KnifeLadder] studio in Camden, in which I stripped the album down to only those songs that I felt in some way or other reflected it's title and my then aims and objectives, arranging the songs for drones, loops, harmonium and flute organ, with Hunter in charge of the mastering and mixing, additional drones supplied by Andrew Trail and drums from John Murphy. Though mainly recorded in 1999 The Amfortas Wound didn't see the light of day until it's 2003 release on Athanor. This delay allowed me the opportunity to remix and remaster three of the pieces. Tracklisting 01: The Week Before Easter [from Bob Copper] 02: Worcester City [from Joseph Taylor] 03: The Wild Wild Berry [from Ray Driscoll] 04: Down In The Meadow [u] [from Jasper Smith] 05: Lord Thomas And Fair Eleanor [from Bob Copper] 06: The Prentice Boy [u] [from Harry Cox] 07: Cruel Lincoln [from Ben Butcher and George Fosbury] 08: Love Henry [from Frank Proffitt] 09: The Knight Templar's Dream [from Len Graham] 10: Gethsemane [text Kipling, set by Bellamy, arr. King] 11: Sweet William's Ghost [from Peta Webb] NB: tracks 4 & 6 are performed unaccompanied 'It is an uncompromising and fearless album but one that demands your full attention. Many people may find it barren or too minimalistic however it does exert a strong power and is a singular experience' Mark Coyle of The Unbroken Circle re: The Amfortas Wound 'And while it may not be to everyones taste it is produced with considerable love and in it's own way represents an important point in capturing these songs and ballads for subsequent generations' Compulsion online re: The Amfortas Wound.