The Ghostly Brendan Shoreland

by Brendan Shoreland (aka David Walton)

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    This album arises from my long association with the popular podcast What Are You Afraid Of?
    Since the beginning I've been asked to record folk songs with a ghostly theme, alongside my regular voice recordings of the stories they receive. It took several years to arrive at the point where I had enough songs to make an album.
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We were hoping to make folk songs with a ghostly theme a regular feature of the What Are You Afraid Of? podcast. It turned out to be a niche genre. I came across quite a few that were, quite frankly, rubbish. They are not included in the podcast or this album.

So, this is a compilation of the best we could find and includes one song in which the lyrics were written by T. Fox Dunham (The Yule Cat of Iceland) and another song isn't really about ghosts at all, but is of personal interest to me (Poverty Knock). However, all of them have appeared in episodes of What Are You Afraid Of? podcast.


released June 20, 2020

The Yule Cat of Iceland - lyrics by T. Fox Dunham. Otherwise, the lyrics were drawn from various historical, traditional and anonymous sources.
Melodies were likewise drawn from ancient sources where available. Otherwise I devised my own melody - particularly on Grim King of the Ghosts.

All performances are by me and for better or worse all the editing and engineering is also by me.
David Walton - June 2020


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Brendan Shoreland Plymouth, UK

Creativity arises at the confluence of experience and personality. I have always hoped that my songs can help people who are stuck ... like I was. People who are lost ... like I was. I understand music to be something that gets beneath the surface and speaks of clarity and authenticity. With the lyrics, I look for metaphors and parables that chime and occasionally gently nudge. I hope you enjoy. ... more

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