Village life inspires new set of songs
Balladeer influenced by his Christian faith has been playing guitar since he was eight
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 01895 824 419. You can also find him on Facebook and YouTube.
■ EVENTFUL: Vernon Stanbridge, from Harefield, has released a new album of songs that reflect the sights and sounds of his home village