Dan HaywoodDan Haywood w/Josephine Foster: Glad That I Live Am I



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Old hymn given the Haywood treatment with a message for our time.

Glad That I Live Am I was a hymn written way back in 1891, here re-interpreted by Dan Haywood as a folk song. Joined by eclectic singer/songwriter Josephine Foster in a luscious duet, it’s a beautiful rendition and with its repeating lines of ‘After the sun, the rain; after the rain, the sun,’ it’s a reminder in these dark times that life is a cycle.

The EP is filled out with two re-worked songs from Haywood’s impressive back catalogue and a brand new song. The original version of Spate River appeared on the remarkable album New Hawks, which is something of a lost classic. The cascading stringed instruments of Spate River are like the tumbling and rushing of water, rising to a pitch of melancholic ecstasy. Made For The May was originally on the album Dapple and here we get an alfresco version. It’s a gorgeous song of praise to Spring with meandering thoughts, drifting like seeds in the sun. We get another version of Glad That I Live Am I, and it’s rounded off by I Win Again, which could easily be an acoustic version of a Pill Fangs tune, Haywood’s offshoot band which has a garage/NY punk sensibility and we reviewed the first of the band’s releases here.

A mention should also be made about the vinyl version of the record which comes in a gatefold sleeve and is a thing of beauty in its own right.

If you haven’t come across Haywood’s work before, he is well worth checking out, a great songwriter who doesn’t get the credit he so richly deserves.

You can find Dan Haywood on Bandcamp and Twitter.

You can find Josephine Foster online here and on Bandcamp.


All words by Mark Ray. More writing by Mark Ray can be found at his author archive. And he can be found on Twitter, Instagram and WordPress

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