Stephen Cracknell selects


Stephen Cracknell selects

Songs to walk to from the man behind The Memory Band's On The Chalk (Our Navigation Of The Line Of The Downs)

‘The South Downs, particularly in Sussex, have long been a haven for folk singing,’ says The Memory Band's singer-songwriter Stephen Cracknell, whose latest album, On The Chalk (Our Navigation Of The Line Of The Downs), is inspired by the ancient Downs pathway, The Harrow Way. Having detailed his own journey for the first issue of Hole & Corner magazine, Cracknell has put together a Spotify playlist inspired by the route.

‘This Spotify mix (Our Navigation) was made with the idea of ”music for walking”,’ explains Cracknell. ‘I wanted it to feel episodic, and it does include plenty of stuff I enjoy listening to. I listened to a much wider spectrum of stuff when making the record, but the mix was made to be sympathetic to the style of the album.’

If that whets your appetite to explore further, a new project to keep the traditional songs of the South Downs alive, aided by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Find, saw 250 people contribute to the performing and recording of the 21-track South Downs Songs, a CD available from the South Downs Society website.

H.G.Wells - H.G.Wells

Very Contrary Mary - Dennis Farnon & Marnie Nixon

Poor Boy - Leo Kottke

Salt Marsh - ASS

Along the Sunken Lanes - The Memory Band

Footsteps - Movie Sound Effects

(Roamin' Thro' The Gloamin' With) 40,000 Headman - Traffic

I'm Walking To A Farm - Ivor Cutler

Sweet Scented Lavender - Isla Cameron

Come And Play In The Milky Night - Sterolab

Air À Danser - Penguin Cafe Orchestra

A Meeting - Searching for Lambs - Shirley & Dolly Collins

Oh My Lord - Steve Mason

Pastoral - Mike Westbrook Concert Band

Sketch For A Summer - The Durutti Column

Friends - Meg Baird

April Fool - Pete Townsend & Ronnie Lane

The Highest Song In the Sky (For Chris Yates) - The Memory Band

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