I had been writing songs with Steve for a few years and was a big fan of his poems, particularly when he performed them live. We did a few shows together in Ireland and it seemed to work, it was only a matter of time till we worked on a recorded project together. Phil Baggaley and Neil Costello made it happen on their newly formed 'Gold Records' label . They brought in two top class musicians, Dave Clifton and Mark Edwards and for us the result was wonderful.
released May 1, 1991
Steve Stockman: Spoken word
Sam Hill Jr: Vocals and guitar
Produced by Phil Baggaley and Neil Costello
Engineered and mixed by Neil Costello
Recorded at Blue Sky Studios, Derby, England, January to March 2001
Additional recording Clarion Studios, Brighton.
Additional engineering by Trevor Michael and Colin Walker
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Country Masters
Mark Edwards: Keyboard arrangements, loops, samples and programming
David Clifton: Acoustic guitar, mandolin and mandola
Neil Costello: Electric guitars
Richard Curran: Violin
Mal Pope and Julie Costello: Backing vocals
Project Manager: Ken Fryer
Photography: Isobel Hill
Additional photography: Gordon Ashbridge
Front cover concept: Sam Hil Jrl and Steve Stockman
Design and artwork: Aquablade, Lancaster
“My thanks to Phil Baggaley and Steve Stockman for their belief in the music. Neil Costello, Mark Edwards, Dave Clifton and Richard Curran for their considerable musical talents.
Ken Fryer, Ian Bowie, Martyn Hollingworth and Paolo Bruccianni for their unseen help.
Special thanks to, Isobel, Jonathan and Alex Hill
for time and continual support”.
Sam Hill Jr
“Notes of grace to: Phil, Neil and Ken for being the first record
company to convince the artist!; Sam for involving me in your
brilliant songs; Alison Chestnut for being my first collaborator, way
back then; Iain Archer and Miriam Kaufmann as well as Gareth
Black for working with me along the way; Gareth Dunlop and Rick Munro for a stunning web site that makes me look better than I am – now that’s grace!; everyone who has caressed me with grace in even the briefest of encouragements down the years.
Letters of grace to my families Stockman, Kernohan and Gordon.
Great libraries of grace to Janice, Caitlin Annie Megan and Jasmine Grace (and uncle Tim!) for the grace you are constantly forced to lavish upon me…come, come away… “
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