Vil­lage life in­spires new set of songs

Bal­ladeer in­flu­enced by his Chris­tian faith has been play­ing gui­tar since he was eight

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Han­nah Raven han­nah.raven@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A MU­SI­CIAN has made an al­bum of songs in­spired by his home town.

The Hare­field Ses­sions, by Ver­non Stan­bridge, is based on places, peo­ple and his­toric events in the vil­lage.

“When I moved here, I started ex­plor­ing the area with its beau­ti­ful canal, lakes and wood­lands, and this pro­vided my ini­tial in­spi­ra­tion,” ex­plained Mr Stan­bridge.

“I was also in­trigued by the lo­cal leg­end of Black Jack’s Mill and of Black Jack, who was cruel to his don­key, and I put the story into song, among oth­ers.

“This is not my first al­bum. I have made sev­eral oth­ers, of­ten with a story-telling theme.

“My al­bum of 2012 en­ti­tled The Pur­ple Robe, for ex­am­ple, re­lates the story of the Easter events.”

The 65-year-old plays the 12-stringed acous­tic gui­tar and the har­mon­ica.

“I was bought my first gui­tar when I was eight years old and have been play­ing ever since,” he said.

Mr Stan­bridge and his wife have lived in Park Lane for three years.

“I like the vil­lage feel that Hare­field still has and the fact that a lot of peo­ple have lived here for a long time,” he said.

“There is a strong sense of com­mu­nity here.

“We have found that lo­cal peo­ple are friendly and chatty. And I es­pe­cially like that I can en­joy the coun­try walks and at the same time I can get eas­ily to the M25 when I’m trav­el­ling fur­ther afield.”

His lat­est al­bum will ap­peal to any­one who likes folk bal­lads and con­tem­po­rary Chris­tian mu­sic.

“I think it would have a broad ap­peal as I think it is easy-lis­ten­ing in style,” he said.

“My Chris­tian faith is re­flected in some of the songs and this may be of in­ter­est to lo­cal churches, groups or clubs.”

The CD costs £5 and can be pur­chased di­rect from Mr Stan­bridge – con­tact him by email, at ver­non­stan­bridge@gmail.com, or by call­ing 01895 824 419. You can also find him on Face­book and YouTube.

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■ EVENT­FUL: Ver­non Stan­bridge, from Hare­field, has re­leased a new al­bum of songs that re­flect the sights and sounds of his home vil­lage

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