Happy Birthday by Frost at Midnight
Rob and Catherine Atkins are both from Abertillery in the South Wales valleys. They spent thirteen years in France and many of their songs are about experiences they had there particularly working with the homeless. They are both versatile musicians with experience in many forms of music - classical and rock as well as folk.Buy this album now CD: £12.00 + p&p
|A Birthday||(words by Christina Rosetti, music by Catherine
‘My heart is like a singing bird’
|Glacière - Deep Open Chord||(words and music by Rob Atkins)
‘Play me that deep open chord’
|Surprised by Joy||(words by William Wordsworth, music by Rob
‘How could I forget you?’
|The Egg Timer|| (music by Rob Atkins)
|Writ in Water|| (words and music by Rob Atkins)
‘I slumbered where I fell in house or hallway’
|All Shall be Well||(words and music by Rob Atkins)
‘Suddenly the image isn’t plain’
|Love’s a Mystery||(words and music by Rob Atkins)
‘Such a strange mingling of longing and fear'
|Why should I care?||(words and music by Rob Atkins)
‘If I fade from view, what’s that to you?’
|Mercy Paves the Way|| (words by Rob Atkins, music traditional)
‘Can I lose my life in mourning?’
|Tambourin||(music by Rob Atkins)
|Sleep||(words and music by Rob Atkins)
‘A music from the centre of my soul’
|Another Birthday||(music by Catherine Atkins)
Lyrics are available online from the groups web site (see contact details)
Catherine Atkins – vocals
Jonny Quick - vocals
Rob Atkins – guitar, mandolin, bass and keyboards
Catherine Handley – flute
John Tribe – harmonica
Cake baked and iced by Janine Goncalves
Photography and Cover Design by Huw Chidgey
|Genre:||Folk / Celtic / New Age|
|Frost at Midnight|
Catherine Atkins – vocals
Rob and Catherine Atkins are both from Abertillery in the South Wales valleys. They spent thirteen years in France and many of their songs are about experiences they had there particularly working with the homeless. They are both versatile musicians with experience in many forms of music - classical and rock as well as folk.
Jonny Quick is a professional singer based in South Wales. He was the lead vocalist with the Dragonflies.
Catherine Handley is a leading professional flautist in the classical world as well as being part of the folk duo Huw Chidgey and Catherine Handley.
John Tribe is a blues specialist who also happens to be a direct descendent of Admiral Lord Nelson.
Q. Why Frost at Midnight?
A. Rob is a great admirer of the poet Coleridge and when he and Catherine brought out an album of Christian songs in 2001, they named it ‘Frost at Midnight’ after Coleridge’s poem. Many of the songs dealt with how times of difficulty are often times of personal and spiritual growth even though on the surface not much might seem to be happening. As Coleridge, said, ‘The frost performs its secret ministry.’ Frost at Midnight seems to be a great name for a band, too!
A. Literature – there are quotes on the album from Wordsworth, Julian of Norwich and TS Eliot as well as Wilfred Owen. The great singer-songwriters – Dylan, James Taylor, Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell. Real life experiences particularly witht eh homeless or while trying to recover from work with the homeless! ‘Deep open chord’ is about that.
Available for all church-based events. Especially a reflective evening based on 'Frost at Midnight' and a 'seeker' evening called 'Aspects of Love' built around Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy songs and ideal for use in a dinner setting. Robert is also the contact for 'Sheep Purple' ceilidh band ideal for weddings and other events, telephone 01291 691119
|Teaching||Piano teaching in the Raglan area|
|Members||Catherine & Robert Atkins (core members)|
|Additional musicians on album Jonny Quick, Catherine Handley and John Tribe|
|Artists web site||www.frostatmidnight.com|