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The Gathering

by Toby Hay

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Anita Botman
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Anita Botman This reminds me of a folktales about a village that appears out of nowhere. A village from the past, only seen at a certain time by a certain person. And then it's gone. The village is a dreamlike vision, there is longing, there is acceptance that everything is as it should be in this moment. This is beautiful music and like the traveller who passes the village I feel like one who has passed through a dream.
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Jeff Kliment Lovely record. Heartfelt performances and gorgeous production. CD sounds really good. Thanks!
catyule54
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catyule54 Heard Claerwen on Lauren Laverne's radio 6 , wondrous music. Just had to buy! If you are even in Borth, (little village near Aberystwyth ) drop into Uncle Albert's cafe, which doubles as an occasional small music venue, of Friendship Inn has open mike night second saturday of the month.
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"I first listened to The Gathering late in the day, late in the year – the year of Trump, of Brexit, of tides of darkness rising fast on all sides. And for a bright hour, Toby Hay’s music cast strong light, fought the shadows back a little. The tracks of this album – quick-fingered, deep-felt – open landscapes in the mind’s eye. It feels, listening to them, as if they have a little of the power – the power that linguists call ‘illocutionary’ and magicians call ‘conjuring’ – to summon things into being, or bring pasts briefly back to life. It came as no surprise to learn that Toby has sometimes hoped that the playing of 'Starlings' (in which the notes teem and swoop and swarm) might one day call up an actual murmuration. Place, memory, nature, loss and dreamed-of geographies are the subjects of this beautiful music: that gathering of feelings that go by the untranslatable Welsh word hiraeth. There is a sadness at what has gone here, but not a nostalgia. The world’s dew gleams on this music, but the world’s dust swirls through it too."

Robert Macfarlane

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released March 29, 2017

Toby Hay - 6 and 12 string guitar, harmonium.
Angela Chan - violin, viola, cello
Rob Bromley - violin
Peter Scott - double bass

Engineered and mixed by Tim Hay and Toby Hay
Mastered by Christopher Leary at Melograf Mastering
Cover Photograph by P.B. Abery
Inside Photograph by Toby Hay
Design by Nic Finch

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