The Tender Coming
, was put on general release in April 2005. There were 12 new songs, all arranged by Geoff. All the vocals and instruments performed by Brenda and Geoff, with a bit of help from Steve 'Wee' Brown on bass, Stephen McNally on border pipes and percussion, and Jill Heslop on backing vocals followed by is 'Golden Bells' RRD 005
, released in October 2008 - another 12 songs, but in this case all the arrangements and accompaniments were done by Geoff, on a host of instruments. The songs on Golden Bells have very much a 'back home' feel, as Brenda has recently returned to the area she loves.
The latest album It Couldn't Last
is a collection of new songs Brenda has written and is performing with her band Ribbon Road
- having just been released it has already picked up a lot of airplay leading to Brenda being named 'Songwriter of the Week' on The Iain Anderson Show on BBc Radio Scotland.
Brenda still uses her surroundings to inspire her use of imagery. The metaphorical use of the sea, wind, storms, tide and sky to describe feelings are evident in the lyrics on ‘The Tender Coming’, as are the hills and the skies of Northumberland in 'Golden Bells', but she has been writing with this emotional honesty for over twenty years.
'I started to write to make sense of the things that happened in my life… I’ve searched and searched for the truth. I realised there were other people in the world who had suffered these and other things… I hope that they could take a CD away and listen to it, and maybe they could admit to themselves how they felt. It doesn’t mean you have to have answers, because I never had answers, but I have the questions'.
'It’s not just inspiration, it’s a thing you have to be responsible with. You’re dealing with things like peoples’ feelings, broken hearts, the core of a person – you just can’t wade in there, you can’t walk over peoples’ lives like that'.
She has continued to write to make sense of her experiences of 'life and death and the bit in between' - there are three more albums’ worth of material to be recorded, and pieces for a musical, ‘The Triple Fool’
. They have just released the new album ‘Roadside Dreams' RRD 007
, which contains 11 new songs by Brenda.
'Brenda is one classy writer and vocalist - her albums are slow burners that reveal their charms on repeated exposure...'
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