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 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.