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BOZ HAYWARD

Boz Hayward returns with a deeply personal album which combines his particular take on modern folk, and adds a a vibrant slice of country music, together with his trademark whimsical pop elements. "Tennessee Ten" is ten new songs written during and around two visits with his mother in 2014 and 2015 to care for his aunt in Eastern Tennessee whose health was failing, and, who passed away during the second visit. There is a narrative that runs through the album creating a delightful and sometimes poignant atmosphere.

Using his trusted band of musicians Hayward delivers 38 minutes of varied tunes with a combination of sardonic humour and wry observations about life in the latter half of the 2010s. There was a clear intent to write a few songs with a country feel, given the Tennessee location and this is the most of obvious in "Night of the Fireflies" "Trail of Tears" and "The People Are Good". But as with any release from Hayward the sounds vary between quirky alternative pop in the spirit of Ray Davies, Kevin Ayers or Robyn Hitchcock, Morricone soundtracks, Klezmer, a hint of lounge jazz, and gentle country/folk/blues



Boz Hayward And The Bozchestra

Shortscores (Short Film Scores From Video Jam)

Crossing Calexico with Mogwai will take you some way here… but only some way… This is very welcome unchartered territory. A highly original 10-track acoustic film score album rich in melody, harmonies, atmosphere and dynamics with a good mix of tempos that will take the listener to many places inside 40 minutes.

Boz Hayward’s fourth album SHORTSCORES is the first body of work created solely for Video Jam – the experimental short film/live score event from Manchester. Boz has been associated with Video Jam since its inception in January 2012. His cinematic, narrative writing style, coupled with his quaint and idiosyncratic 'Bozchestra' (traditionally consisting of Boz himself on acoustic guitar, a mariachi bass/guitarron, violin, trumpet and percussion) lends itself perfectly to the art of the film score. A rich, rewarding listen.

Boz Hayward And Brian Tibby

Edward Edwardly And The Marquis Of Flixton

Boz Hayward’s third album is a collaboration with the late Brian Tibby. Shortly before falling ill, over a number of weeks Brian - the regular opener at Chorlton Folk Club - gave a series of handwritten letters to Boz, containing amongst them a series of whimsical observations of local life… Inspired by the workings of Brian’s colourful and wonderfully eccentric imagination, ‘Edward Edwardly and the Marquis of Flixton’ is Boz’s witty response, a 13 track album which, named after one of the most vivid character sketches from the collection, sets each of these to his own unique blend of orchestral urban folk music.

Simple and beautifully crafted acoustic songs with rich, clear vocals and
haunting harmonies. Refreshingly original. The nearest you could get to
this? – Possibly the music of Richard Hawley stripped down with a filmic
feel that takes you from baking spaghetti western to frozen dark gothic.
Some laments, some storytelling, observations of everyday people and
consumerist society and a message of love. A charming complement to a
weekend morning or life on the road...




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