In 2011 Stephen Jordan, the Head Librarian at The Bodleian Music Library in Oxford, approached Reg Meuross with the idea of commissioning a compilation of unreleased material. After a cursory search down the back of the sofa Reg managed to find 20 songs that he had recorded to various stages of completion between 2006 and 2011 but which had failed to make the final cut onto albums. Stephen reduced the list to 13 and the result was the signed limited edition album The Dreamed And The Drowned.
Surprisingly to Reg that collection of songs which he had considered unsuitable for the various designated albums at the time of release attracted some of the best reviews of his career: “There is no doubt after listening to this selection of Reg’s unreleased songs that my view of him being one of our best singer/songwriters of our time is reinforced still further.” Alex Gallagher, Folk Radio UK. Anyone who is lucky enough to own a copy of The Dreamed And The Drowned will know very well that a rejected Reg Meuross song is in no way a reflection of its quality – but more a question of its suitability to the collection, or as (the now late) Stephen Jordan said himself “some songs are right books put on the wrong shelves.”
Now, with two successful solo albums under his belt (December and Faraway People) and a third on the way to complete the trilogy and as a nod in honour and appreciation of Stephen, who died in 2015, we felt it would be a good time to have a scratch around and see what else may have been overlooked. The resulting album Songs About A Train is a limited, signed release comprising eleven songs recorded by Reg between 2013 and 2017. Release date February 2nd 2018 (via Proper Records).
Reg will be touring with this album, plus previous release Faraway People, throughout the first half of 2018 in a Two Albums Tour.
“Some songs don’t stay still long enough and scamper off, some are dazzled by the dragonfly’s gleam. Some songs are right books put on the wrong shelves.” Stephen Jordan (1957-2015)
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12 Pebbles Tavern, Watchet, Somerset
15 Salem Chapel, East Budleigh, Devon
2/3 Private storytelling through song workshop, Barcelona, Spain
5 Solidarity Festival, Barnsley
12 Wedding party, Somerset
13 Hebden Bridge Folk & Roots Festival
16 Epping Folk Club, Essex
17 The Stables, Milton Keynes
18 Chettle Village Hall, Dorset
26 with Anna Tanvir, Heart of Devon, Bow
27/28 Bude Festival, Cornwall
30 with Anna Tanvir, St Anne’s Barnstaple, North Devon
31 with Anna Tanvir, Chapel Arts, Bath
1 with Anna Tanvir, Kingskerswell, Devon
6 Faversham Folk Club, Kent
21 The Old Stables, Cricklade, Glos
3 House concert, North Devon
6 Americana Fest 2018, Kelham Hall Notts
7 New Forest Folk Festival, Hampshire
12 Frome Festival + The Portraits Somerset
13 Holywell Music & Folk, Oxford
21 House party, Portsmouth, Hampshire
26 Orpington Folk Club, Kent
27 Coastal Connections, Brighton, East Sussex