Fivepenny Piece Discography
Me And Some Of Mi Songs
an absence of over twenty years, original member
of The Fivepenny Piece and songwriter
John Meeks has taken up the pen again
to produce some new songs and returned to the
studio to produce a brand-new CD Just
Me and Some of Mi Songs.
The CD contains some of John's best-loved songs
from The Fivepenny Piece days, as well as some
new ones. John produced the CD himself, singing
and playing all the instruments.
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In A Jam Jar
Away Tin Soldier Friend
Bell (The Quack Doctor)
Fivepenny Piece fans will recognise many of their
favourite songs on John's new CD, including his new
arrangements of the beautiful Brown Photographs;
the thought-provoking King Cotton; the
evocative Stalybridge Market; the nostalgia
for the old Stalybridge Station; and
the pensive Fine Feathers.
alongside the old favourites there are some fabulous
new songs which won't disappoint lovers of John's
music. There's Tadpoles In A Jam Jar,
a wistful look back at the games children used to
play in the old days, and a comparison to the computer
games machines and mobile phones the kids today all
seem to prefer; My Little Town - not
the Simon & Garfunkel song, but a homage to -
where else? - John's home town of Stalybridge; and
Old Brown Jacket, a moving tribute to
a departed close member of the family. There's also
Miner's Life, in honour of the Lancashire
mining men; and John's setting to music a poem of
another old "writing partner" of his, Sam
Laycock - the tale of the quack Doctor Bell.
These new songs show that John's songwriting ability
is as strong as ever, and his return to writing and
recording is the best news for Fivepenny Piece fans
for many a year.
And as if all that isn't enough - the CD cover is
from a lovely painting of the Ashton Canal at Portland
Basin, by John's old songwriting partner in the Fivepenny
Piece Colin Radcliffe, as mentioned by John
Fivepenny Piece have recorded lots of songs that
I have written about the Lancashire area where my
family have lived for over 100 years. I thought
I would dust a few of them down and, together with
a few new songs, put them together on this CD.
"It is a collection of memories, of brown photographs
my grandmother used to show me, of games we used
to play in my childhood, of rag & bone men,
Whitsuntide clothes, of coal mines so plentiful
then in Lancashire and, of course, the Cotton Industry
which was so important to the area.
"Songs about Stalybridge, 'My Little Town',
as it is today, the station as it was 25 years ago,
the market as it was in 1820 with its 'Quack Doctors',
memories of how hard times were during the cotton
famine in the lovely 'Bonny Brid' by Samuel Laycock.
"My thanks to Colin Radcliffe for his fabulous
cover painting and his lyrics. Hope you enjoy my
memories of times gone by."