Hefnet http://hefnet.com The official website for the band Hefner and songwriter Darren Hayman Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:17:34 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Trains by Darren Hayman (CD) http://hefnet.com/trains-by-darren-hayman-seven-inch-picture-disc-and-cd/ Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:27:05 +0000 http://hefnet.com/?p=2438 I’ve tried a couple of times to group together some train related songs. Recently I was asked to write a song about my favourite train which is the Class 108 Diesel Multiple Unit. I like it because you can see out of the front window.

Making this song inspired me to revisit some old train songs I had and prepare them for release.

The picture disk has sold out from me but I still have the CD version with 8 new songs.

Here’s a video for ‘Class 108 Diesel Multiple Unit’.

All prices include Postage and Packing.

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Someone to Care For – Hayman Kupa Band – seven inch single http://hefnet.com/someone-to-care-for-hayman-kupa-band-seven-inch-single/ Wed, 18 May 2016 10:27:45 +0000 http://hefnet.com/?p=2415 Buy the new single from the Hayman/Kupa Band on Static Caravan. Here’s the video.

 

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New Cassette Version of Lido http://hefnet.com/new-cassette-version-of-lido/ Mon, 04 Apr 2016 19:38:27 +0000 http://hefnet.com/?p=2402 I’ve been given ten of these! Just ten! Actually just 8 but John owes me 2 more.

Get them whilst you can.

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Thankful Village #09 – Aisholt, Somerset http://hefnet.com/thankfull-village-09-aisholt-somerset/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:52:10 +0000 http://hefnet.com/?p=2376

Aisholt is hidden in the folds of the Quantock hills in North Somerset. A tiny knot of buildings clustered behind incredibly narrow lanes. Tim Whittingham reads at humanist and non-religious funerals; he is also the Chair of the Friends of Aisholt. He raises money for the maintenance of the church even though he doesn’t go to church himself. The church, as in many of these places, is the heart of the village. It has a purpose outside that of religion. It binds the community together.

We met him the day before Remembrance Sunday and he read a poem for us by Dollie Radford about the Quantock hills.

Dollie Radford was a contemporary of William Morris and Tim knew that my previous project had been based on his words. I love it when these connections throw themselves up, when the songs seem to write themselves.

Peter is a church warden of Church of All Saints who invited us to his house for soup and tea. We sat and spoke with his wife and then he took us up the clock tower. Peter showed us the clock mechanism and I recorded it slowly clicking and whirring. We stood on top of the church tower and saw the hills surround and look down on us.

Peter asked if we would return the next day to record the village singing on Remembrance Day. The next day the sun shone and the church was full. I recorded the bells ringing and choir singing. I wove them in time with the clock mechanism and Tim’s soft patience voice.

dradford01I wrapped them around themselves just like the green rolling fields envelope the village. Aisholt is all warmth.

Imogen Griffiths took the photos and did the filming.

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Thankful Villages Volume 1 by Darren Hayman http://hefnet.com/thankful-villages-volume-1-by-darren-hayman/ Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:32:03 +0000 http://hefnet.com/?p=2369 Darren Hayman will release his enthralling and ambitious new album Thankful Villages via Rivertones on 3 June.

A Thankful Village is a village in Britain where every soldier returned alive from World War I. The writer, journalist and educator Arthur Mee coined the term ‘Thankful Village’ in his series of guidebooks, The King’s England in the 1930s. Darren Hayman visited each of the 54 Thankful Villages and, focussing on village life, made a piece of music and a short film for every one. Some take the form of instrumentals inspired by the location, some are interviews with village residents set to music, others are new songs with lyrics or found local traditional songs.

This is the first (of three) volume of the project and contains the first 18 villages that Darren visited during 2014/15. The pieces do not necessarily refer to the Great War, rather they portray the village and it’s communities at many points in history. In “Stocklinch” Ros tells a story of a painting of the old church changing hands through the village, whilst in “Strethall” Darren sings a story of infidelity from the parish records from 1607 and in “St Michael, South Elmham” Dolly tells the story of her melodeon playing father and his adventures in Salonika.

One of the most catchy songs on the album is the final track, “Bradbourne”. Written at a low point for Darren, the song is nonetheless an uplifting collage of vocal harmonies about how, despite not being religious, the churches in the Thankful Villages acted as a refuge from life’s troubles.

Many pieces are instrumental, with Darren sitting on a blanket in a graveyard, teasing out melodies on old wooden instruments amongst bird song and the soft braying of cattle. Lyrics also appear with Darren writing on old church organs and weaving the local congregations into his songs.

Thankful Villages is a collage of Britain’s hidden places. Rich in history and community, Thankful Villages is a further chapter in Darren’s journey through the country underbelly. Recent records include laments for lost Lidos, re-imagined 19th Century political chants and a tale of terror set in during the English Civil Wars.

Please join Darren for a beautiful walk through Britain’s Thankful Villages.

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Pre-Order Thankful Villages Vol 1 on vinyl with download code INCLUDING POSTAGE AND PACKAGING


TRACKLISTING
12″ VINYL ALBUM (RIVERTONESLP4)
Darren Hayman – Knowlton
Darren Hayman – Culpho
Darren Hayman – St Michael, South Elmham
Darren Hayman – Puttenham
Darren Hayman – Stoke Hammond
Darren Hayman – Little Sodbury
Darren Hayman – Rodney Stoke
Darren Hayman – Holywell Lake
Darren Hayman – Aisholt
Darren Hayman – Stocklinch
Darren Hayman – Strethall
Darren Hayman – Welbury
Darren Hayman – Scruton
Darren Hayman – Chelwood
Darren Hayman – Langton Herring
Darren Hayman – Herodsfoot
Darren Hayman – Butterton
Darren Hayman – Bradbourne
CD ALBUM (RIVERTONESLP4)
Darren Hayman – Knowlton
Darren Hayman – Culpho
Darren Hayman – St Michael, South Elmham
Darren Hayman – Puttenham
Darren Hayman – Stoke Hammond
Darren Hayman – Little Sodbury
Darren Hayman – Rodney Stoke
Darren Hayman – Holywell Lake
Darren Hayman – Aisholt
Darren Hayman – Stocklinch
Darren Hayman – Strethall
Darren Hayman – Welbury
Darren Hayman – Scuton
Darren Hayman – Chelwood
Darren Hayman – Langton Herring
Darren Hayman – Herodsfoot
Darren Hayman – Butterton
Darren Hayman – Bradbourne

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CITY, TOWN AND COUNTRY http://hefnet.com/city-town-and-country/ Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:58:59 +0000 http://www.hefnet.com/?p=2125 Full supports announced….

Monday (City) – Dave Tattersall (The Wave Pictures), Dearbhla Minogue (the Drink)

Tuesday (Town) – Ian Button (Papernut Cambridge), Deerful

Wednesday (Country) – Steven James Adams, Maija Sofia

All supports and sets themed to each night.

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From the Square to the Hill – Video http://hefnet.com/from-the-square-to-the-hill-video/ Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:53:48 +0000 http://www.hefnet.com/?p=2109

The first video from Darren’s album in Florence. Look at the miserable fucker. Buy the record and make him happy.

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Thankful Villages Live – 15th November Bush Hall http://hefnet.com/thankful-villages-live-15th-november-bush-hall/ Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:45:10 +0000 http://www.hefnet.com/?p=2088 Those of you who follow me on Twitter would have seen some of this project already.

It’s a massive undertaking for me. I am intending to soundtrack 55 British villages. I would love it so much if some of you could come to this first performance of Thankful Villages. A revealing of a work in progress. There will be films of the visits as well as the music and songs themselves being performed.

Tickets can be bought from here.

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Nuns Run the Apothecary – Video http://hefnet.com/nuns-run-the-apothecary-video/ Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:50:50 +0000 http://www.hefnet.com/?p=2079

The first video from Darren’s album in Florence. Look at the miserable fucker. Buy the record and make him happy.

ORDER FLORENCE FROM DARREN NOW.


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Florence – Darren Hayman http://hefnet.com/florence-darren-hayman/ Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:37:16 +0000 http://www.hefnet.com/?p=2069 6th November 2015

12” vinyl LP / digital – Fika Recordings

Darren Hayman returns with a beautifully delicate and touchingly honest album simply titled Florence after the city in which it was created. This is his very first purely solo album, featuring no other musicians. It was written and recorded between Christmas and New Year at the end of 2014 in the Firenze flat belonging to Elizabeth Morris (Allo Darlin’) and Ola Innset (Making Marks). Continuing his habit of making incisive, observational and beautiful albums, with Florence Hayman has taken a back-to-basics approach, eschewing his recent collaborative, conceptual approaches for a humble and modest solo effort, entirely recorded and performed in the Italian apparetemento of his hosts.

est known as the singer-songwriter of the phenomenally successful and much-loved Hefner, Darren Hayman is now 15 years, and over 14 albums, into an increasingly idiosyncratic career path, where he has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly. Darren is also writing the best tunes of his career; increasingly complex and mature songs, he is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter.

Hayman’s first two solo albums, Table For One (2006) and The Secondary Modern (2007), charmed the critics – with The Guardian opining that Hayman’s profoundly English songwriting was “the match of Ray Davies”. Mostly joined by his band The Secondary Modern – a loose, urban folk collective, underpinning Hayman’s concrete sorrow with rural violins and tired pianos – he has released a series of albums,

largely focused on place. This allowed for the exploration of nuanced subjects in detail, with a trio of albums based in Essex (2009’s Pram Town and 2010’s Essex Arms) and culminating in 2012’s The Violence, a 20-song account of the 17th century Essex witch trials. From this he developed an album of English Civil War folk songs of the time (2013’s Bugbears) and stayed with the historical theme for this year’s Chants For Socialists, which saw him set William Morris’ words to music, creating an album of kindness and hope that brought Hayman’s most critical acclaim yet.

Florence is sparse and poignant. Tinged with melancholy and etched with heartache, revealing the very best of Hayman’s considerable songwriting verve, this collection of songs shows what you can achieve whilst on holiday at a friend’s house, taking refuge in the winter quiet during the festive season.

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