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In Place

by Colin Riley

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    Professionally duplicated CD in gatefold card case, with exclusive 12-page booklet anthology of the new poems by all the writers of the project.

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Jaan Jalebi 05:12
Moss 06:46
Deep Forest 04:15
Lost Engines 05:05


In Place explores a sense of place in the British Isles; how it informs our cultural identity; shapes our language and dialects; provides both solace and stimulation, and contains histories both universal and personal. In Place is multi-media song-cycle; 10 songs each setting new texts and mixing live performance, field recording and electronics. Its is also a collection of new writing, new films, images, education work, podcasts and interviews.

The new texts have been specially created by a set of writers for whom ‘place’ is a guiding force in their work: Robert Macfarlane, Paul Farley, Nick Papadimitrou, Selina Nwulu, Jackie Morris, Daljit Nagra, Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson.

As a collection of diverse cultural viewpoints blending personal histories and places across the UK this new song cycle is colourful compendium of ideas; a truly contemporary work. Riley weaves texts and music into idiosyncratic and quirky corners and at the same time harnessing the zeitgeist of current popular interest in field recording, nature writing, wordhoards, regional dialects and psychogeography.

Colin Riley is commissioned by sound as part of the PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders programme which is a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. In Place is also supported by Arts Council England.

‘A bewitching, dynamic soundscape’
Robert Macfarlane

“This is an album of rare delicacy. Mysteriously melancholic, inviting, languorous.”
Bill Bruford

"An engaging and captivating experience. You could hear that music many times and always be finding new things within it."
Kit Downes

“A fascinating collection of sounds and words, depicting place and all its space with beautiful tranquillity.”
Fay Hield


released May 1, 2018

Melanie Pappenheim - Voice
Kate Halsall - Piano, Keyboard, Harmonium
Nic Pendlebury - Viola
Ruth Goller - Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Uke Bass
Stephen Hiscock - Percussion

Roger King - Producer
Colin Riley - Executive Producer

All songs composed by Colin Riley
The texts for songs 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 were commissioned by Colin Riley
The texts for songs 1, 6, 7, 10 were compiled from existing texts by Colin Riley

All field recordings are authentic to their specific locations

Recorded at Middlesex University, December 2017
Album artwork and design by Kev Jones

Thanks to:
Robert Macfarlane for his inspiration and support
Fiona Robertson (Sound Festival Scotland) for her commitment to the project
Katrina Lovie and Kathleen Farquhar for the Nan Shepherd readings
Mannikam Yogeswaren for his vocal sample in Jaan Jalebi
Bryony Griffith for guiding the folksong research for Lost Engines
Reuben Kyriakides for keyboard patches and additional field recordings
Jamie Lawson for additional field recordings


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Squeaky Kate Music was set up in 2006 to record and promote the music of composer Colin Riley and associated groups.

For more information about Colin Riley visit: www.colinriley.co.uk

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