Darren Hayman

Darren Hayman

Darren Hayman Quick Links

Music Press RSS

Darren Hayman - Thankful Villages Album Review


A Thankful Village is a British village where every soldier returned alive from World War I. The term, coined by the writer Arthur Mee in the 1930s, now unites a collection of songs by Darren Hayman, who set out to write a piece of music about each of the 54 Thankful Villages.

Darren Hayman - Thankful Villages Album Review

This is the first of three volumes and contains the songs Hayman wrote about the first 18 villages he visited. As the album progresses, it becomes clear that the focus of the tracks isn't simply on stories of the Great War. The Thankful Villages become a vehicle for Hayman to comment on the history of British village life and to tap into stories of families and communities that would otherwise remain untold.

'St Michael South Elmham', for example, is set around a story told by village local Dorothy Bloomfield, who tells of how her father was posted out to Greece to work with the mules that would carry ammunition to the frontline in World War I. While Dorothy's story begins with her father's role in the war and his eventual return home after contracting malaria, it evolves into a tale of family history and village life. We hear of her father's life after the war; how he would ride his bicycle around the village; how he sang traditional folk songs on Saturday nights; and how his horses would always return at the sound of his whistle.

Continue reading: Darren Hayman - Thankful Villages Album Review

Darren Hayman

Darren Hayman Quick Links

Music Press RSS

Occupation

Musician


Suggested

Royal Blood - Boilermaker Video

Royal Blood - Boilermaker Video

With the release of their third album 'Typhoon' growing steadily nearer, Royal Blood have unveiled yet another single entitled 'Boilermaker'...

Years & Years - Starstruck Video

Years & Years - Starstruck Video

Olly Alexander shows off his journey of self-love in the video for Years & Years' newest single 'Starstruck'; the lead track from his forthcoming...

Garbage, St. Vincent, Dry Cleaning and more feminist anthems of empowerment for 2021

Garbage, St. Vincent, Dry Cleaning and more feminist anthems of empowerment for 2021

Eight songs about female power that you definitely need to hear right now.

Advertisement
Garbage - The Men Who Rule The World Video

Garbage - The Men Who Rule The World Video

Shirley Manson is well known for her vocal political views, and she takes no prisoners with Garbage's latest single 'The Men Who Rule The World'.

The timely return of pop-punk veterans The Offspring

The timely return of pop-punk veterans The Offspring

Why has pop-punk made a 2020s resurgence?

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews