Caught by the River

Thankful Villages Vol. 3 #3

Darren Hayman | 1st October 2018

On to the third volume of songs resulting from Darren Hayman’s Thankful Villages project. The third village in this new volume is Meldon, Northumberland.

‘I’m not sure why it’s called a village’ says the landowner who finds us noodling around his silos. Crows squawk overhead and his long-eared dog licks our faces and microphones.

The theme of the school house will come to thread its way through Volume 3 of Thankful Villages and here we hear its first mention. It’s strange to imagine a school for so few houses and this idea of a remote place of learning stays with me.

David leads us into a soft fluttering melody and we leave for lunch.

Photographs by Chris Trew and Sarah Barnaby.


Thankful Villages Vols. 1 & 2 are out now on Rivertones. You can buy physical copies here, or listen on Spotify.

Thankful Villages Volume 3 is released on 9 November, and is now available to preorder here.

Darren plays a special Thankful Villages show at the Union Chapel on 10 November.