Stone’s Throw, Lament Of The Selkie is a dark folklore concept tale based around Selkie mythology from the Orkney Isles. The lyrics chart a tragic story of Selkie, who over the arc of the narrative finds herself struggling and unable to sustain life on land with her land-bound partner and eventually returns herself to the sea leaving her partner grief stricken with loss.
Rachel has brought together her ever-growing and eclectic grouping of musicians to this project.
Paul Gray (formerly of The Damned, UFO, Eddie and The Hotrods) guests on bass and acclaimed virtuoso guitarist Dylan Fowler returns providing slide guitar and sonic textures. Lucy River’s versatile violin nuances a folk edge to the songs, whilst Angharad Evans backing vocals and Rosy Robinson’s cellos enhance with rich harmonic textures and tones. Rachel’s brother Shane Beales makes a guest appearance on percussion leaving the rest of the breadth of instrumentation to herself and husband Bill, including guitars, piano, organ, ukulele, with additional percussion and bass.
The overall vibe is a rich and intricate sound palette that embeds the album’s narrative in Rachel's evocative sonic world.
For notes on Stone's Throw, Lament Of The Selkie, please visit Rachel's Blog Post here rachel-t-b.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/notes-on-my-new-album-stones-throw.html
"Exceptional Album" Folk Radio UK www.folkradio.co.uk/2015/08/rachel-taylor-beales-stones-throw-the-lament-of-the-selkie/
"Outstanding" BBC Radio Wales
released July 22, 2015
Rachel Taylor-Beales: vocals, electric guitars, piano, organ, acoustic guitar, ukulele, distorted guitar track 11
Lucy Rivers: violin
Rosy Robinson: cello tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 10
Bill Taylor-Beales: bass on tracks 2,3,7,8, 11, organ track 6, 12 string guitar track 5, distorted guitar tracks 1,3 and 5, electric guitar track 10, percussion track 3
Dylan Fowler: electric and acoustic slide guitars, kantele track 7, acoustic guitar on track 8, percussion track 11
Paul Gray: bass on tracks 1 and 10
Angharad Evans: additional backing vocals tracks 1,5,7,8,10
Shane Beales: percussion tracks 1 and 10
All tracks copyright Rachel Taylor-Beales except tracks 3, 5, 6 copyright Rachel and Bill Taylor-Beales. Recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Bill and Rachel Taylor-Beales at Hushland Studios 2015 www.hushland.com
CD design, layout and artwork by Bill Taylor-Beales
Selkie’s Lament story by Rachel Taylor-Beales
Huge thanks to all the wonderful musicians Lucy, Dylan, Angharad, Rosy, Paul, Shane and Bill for being a part of and bringing your expertise to this project and especial thanks to Bill for his tireless commitment and support and encouragement throughout it all. Thanks also to Polly for the all the joy and dancing and repeated listening over the process of making this.
Many thanks to my friend Gill Stevens, who introduced me to the Selkie stories and helped to spark and inspire so much of this project in its early stages.
To all who are refugees in body, soul or spirit: may you find solace, may you find home and may you always be comfortable in your own skin wherever you might be.