Songs for Dreamers
Songs for Dreamers has a touch of the US West Coast with a halo of vocal harmonies and the jangle of 9 string guitars. Add to that some Celtic roots with some Irish whistles & flutes, a hint of world music with zithers, kalimba, some jazz piano, and even a little theremin. Chris Conway's 8th solo studio songs album features, as well as his usual West Coast harmonies (reminiscent of Crosby Stills & Nash) a stronger Celtic element - 3 songs have definite Celtic roots - perhaps due to his increasing work with Irish band Govannen. There are also some world music touches, a straight jazz ballad (Damned) and a bossa (Time Will Tell). But it's all obviously Chris Conway at work - the multi-instrumental wizardry, the detailed layered production and that soulful voice. Dreams Dreams have played quite a regular part in Chris's songwriting in the past and that is acknowledged here. Some songs came about through a dream. As Chris explains, "One song (Above My Head) came to me from waking at 4am, I grabbed a pad hey presto - it was written. I wish all songs came that easily." He also went for quite a dreamy atmosphere with the halo of lush vocal harmonies one of the threads that weave through the album. Lost songs. Songs for Dreamers is also an album of lost songs (or secret songs!!) Some of CCs songs have been sung by other artists and he was keen to sing his own versions of them. Some songs he had up his sleeve for years but they'd never found a home. As Chris says, "Writing Time Will Tell with Toronto singer Jodi Krangle began 8 years ago - we went back to it every few years and were quite happy with it, then when working on this album I tired a bossa rhythm and it all fell into place. I'm so glad we nailed it and got to record the song together". To these Chris added some new songs including a touching song (Flying) in memory of his mother who recently passed away. Old songs and new, old dreams and new were woven it all together to make what may be one of his most popular albums. Instrumentation Chris Conway - vocals, piano, keyboards, acoustic & electric 9 string guitars, nylon string guitar, tin and low Irish whistles, kalimba, theremin, zither, bodhran, handclaps, percussion plus Neil Segrott - fretless and fretted bass - 1, 3, 6, 11 Zorpinda Zorpin - percussion, keyboards, handclaps - 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11 Dan Britton - bodhran, percussion - 2, 5 Bridget McMahon - vocals, violin - 9, 11 Kym - vocals - 3, 6 Jodi Krangle - vocals - 4 Chloe Singer - vocals - 5 Georgina Sear - vocals - 11.