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Dyble Longdon is a collaboration between Judy Dyble (ex Fairport Convention) and Big Big Train multi-instrumentalist / frontman David Longdon.
Recorded at Real World Studios and Playpen, Between A Breath And A Breath is a haunting, fragile album that successfully marries Dyble’s personal lyrics with Longdon’s sympathetic musical accompaniment and production.
CD in gatefold wallet. The first 500 orders come with an exclusive postcard signed by David Longdon.
Mixed by Patrick Phillips (Elbow, Kate Bush), the artwork for the album is by Sarah Ewing.
Judy sadly died in July 2020 and Between A Breath And A Breath provides a wonderful swansong to a greatly missed talent.
“I first heard David sing with Big Big Train at King’s Place in London 2015 and immediately decided that I really wanted to sing with him someday. And here we are with a collaborative album, which I think is wonderful!” - Judy Dyble
“Judy asked if I would like to work with her. She sent me some great lyrics which inspired the music and over the years we’ve become good friends. Judy duetted with me on The Ivy Gate, which appears on Big Big Train’s Grimspound album. The Dyble Longdon album is a natural development on from this piece.” - David Longdon
Judy, who is fighting serious illness, expanded on the subject matter of the songs, “The lyrics for these songs virtually wrote themselves, with minor tweaks, as music grew around them. All were written before I was diagnosed and before the dreadful virus stamped its footprint on our world.
“Quite a few of my lyrics have a touch of sadness about them but always with an optimism for the future and a desire to know what happens next. France, Whisper and Obedience tell stories suggested in conversations and Between A Breath And A Breath is sheer magic. Astrologers was a simple ‘Hmmpph! Stop it!, while Heartwashing and Tidying Away were just poems which wrote themselves.”
3. Tidying Away The Pieces
4. Between A Breath And A Breath
Judy Dyble (vocals, autoharp)
David Longdon (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, piano and keyboards)
Jeff Davenport (Jade Warrior, drums)
Danny Manners (double bass),
Rikard Sjöblom (accordion),
Rachel Hall (violin),
Greg Spawton (bass guitar and Moog Taurus pedals)
Nick D’Virgilio (drums).
Dave Gregory (ex-Big Big Train and XTC, guitar),
Andy Lewis (Paul Weller, bass guitar),
Luca Calabrese (Isildurs Bane, trumpet),
Dave Sturt (Gong and Steve Hillage, fretless bass).