Wound In The Night is the fifth studio album from Gabriel Moreno. It is the work of a troubadour who favours protest songs and acute social and psychological commentary of our troublesome times. The album was arranged and produced by Michael Collins (Allo Darlin’), Gabriel Moreno and Ned Cartwright (Heartworn Highways).
Vintage instruments and analogue gear are employed to create a ghost-like Taberna-Folk sound where musical genres as diverse as Latin American troubadour music and Anglo-Saxon alternative/folk come together in service of the baritone voice.
The album features the double bass of Billy McGee who has collaborated with legends such as Nick Cave and Marc Almond and it is mastered and mixed by Erik Wofford who produced and recorded Bill Callahan. Also featured on the album are cellist Maya McCourt, Tom Mawby on violin, Billy McGee on double bass and backing vocals courtesy of Pearl Fish and Ayesha Watling. Ty Watling supplies electric guitar on track one.
Gabriel Moreno is Gibraltarian singer-songwriter, currently based in London. An irresistibly engaging performer, he combines a Latin exuberance and passion with a rare lyrical calibre (he is also an accomplished poet, with twelve books published to date). Performing on nylon string guitar and accompanied by pianist Ned Cartwright, he creates a live experience that has been described as “Taberna Folk” – at once both energetic and intimate, anarchic and absorbing.
He has thrilled audiences across South America, the USA and Europe, including recent sets at UK festivals Wilderness, The Great British Folk Festival and Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, and has been championed by the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews, with his sonorous baritone and poetical lyrics often seeing him compared to such luminary wordsmiths as Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Bill Callahan. Moreno’s unique artistic voice lies in the meeting and fusion of different identities. Born and raised in Gibraltar, a British territory bordering southern Spain and just eight miles from Africa, he has since lived and performed across the world, absorbing influences from music, literature and art everywhere he went. Now considered one of the most compelling and distinctive artists in London’s thriving folk and roots scene, he was previously the long-time curator and host of the legendary Lantern Society folk club, and in 2022 was awarded the title of Cultural Ambassador of Gibraltar.
Moreno won the Introducing Stage at the Great British Folk Festival in 2019, and although the Covid-19 pandemic forced a temporary hiatus for many artists, he could never let his creativity stagnate; 2023 sees the release of his third album since the start of the pandemic, Wound In The Night, with an accompanying packed touring schedule across Europe, as well as a second book of poetry in that time entitled Heart Mortally Wounded by Six Strings.
Artist’s website: www.gabrielmoreno.co.uk
‘Wound In The Night’ – official video: