The Clifford Village Band

The Clifford Village Band

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

The Clifford Village band explore different genres of music with different lyrical themes combined to create a truley unique project. Each song can stand alone and creates an image of what had past, what is present and what is to come! Every song is a story for listeners to explore and enjoy.

Biography

The Clifford Village Band was formed at Leeds University in 2009 as a result of band leader Sam Murray (Guitar/Vocals) finding a way to voice his songs. Sam was already good friends with singer Steffi Bontoft and guitarist Mafro Archer and indeed moved into their flat in February, as you can imagine having three musicians living together will end up in some kind of music-making! The first recordings were a result of a joke-challenge set by Sam’s songwriting tutor who was impressed with the rate Sam was writing act making a quip “At this rate you will end with an album”. Suffice to say that album was written in 2 days and recorded and produced by Tom Griffiths (a good friend of the band and their Sound Engineer) in just 8 hours! Sam had to round up an ensemble to perform his songs in the final session of the 5 week songwriting course in which he picked up former bassist Chris Headley and harassed the amazing talented Stephanie Hovey on Violin and the happy maths geek James Greenland on drum kit. Sure enough after an intense thirty minute rehearsal the day before a band was born. The band played their first proper gig at Leeds University Union Old Bar and managed to get a guest appearance from Zoë Eady of Lunchtime Disco Club. The band were actually asked to headline after the bar management were impressed during sound check but declined as it was a debut gig and Sam wanted the band to work for the right to headline. Sadly shortly after this Chris Headley decided to leave Leeds and thus left the band although we picked up Jennie Allen to join us on saxophone! and Sam Terett on Bass (Who plays with Sam Murray in The Undersound Jazz Quartet).

After a few successful gigs including an Amnesty International Fundraiser at The Library venue the band earned their first headline slot at Mr Ben’s Bar. The gig went down a storm with audience members dancing along and sing-a-long to all the songs. From then on The Clifford Village Band have become an exciting output of highly original music ranging from the Sea Folk Ballad of ‘The Fisherman & She’ to the Township Jives of ‘Heels of a Thursday’.

The band cite influences such as reflection in water, weather, the country air, the sociologist Jean Baudrillard and without doubt the Sea. Musical influences vary from The Wedding Present and Paul Simon to James Taylor and Laura Veirs.

The band work on a group ethic so even though most songs are written by Sam Murray other members can perform their own songs; members such as James Greenland perform fantastic original numbers with the band to create a real sense of musical diversity.

Lyrics

Pictures Facing Upside Down

Written By: Samuel G E Murray

Go Town - from this merriweather dream
I know it may seem pretty but It isnt all it seems
Go Town - you may not be the one
Just go look at what you've surely gone and done
on the face of it

City lights and streets don't seem to help me see my way
But you may come and stare upon this modern holiday
The blue gate swung a clos-ed door not before the past
But when you forfeit silver dreams its the truth you always catch

Paper moons - with cardboard skies to match
Always shining down with a lightning house made to attach
Paper Moon - Catch to fall the falling seams
The curtain tore in two when you came ot take away my dreams
On the face of it

City lights and streets don't seem to help me see my way
But you may come and stare upon this modern holiday
The blue gate swung a clos-ed door not before the past
But when you forfeit silver dreams its the truth you always catch

Call rain - when you shout her name on high
As you lay distressed in perilsome puddles trying to get high
Call rain - when the clouds don't seem to stress
When they burst and water falls you know you can solve this mess
On the face of it

City lights and streets don't seem to help me see my way
But you may come and stare upon this modern holiday
The blue gate swung a clos-ed door not before the past
But when you frofeit silver dreams its the truth you always catch

The Fisherman & She

Written By: Samuel G E Murray

Watching The Waves Flow
Grasping for an Undertow, an Undertow
Sailing above the sky
Watching the courmarents fly
Waves crash down over me, over me
White horses raised up from the sea, from the sea

Pull the tides back
They'll take the flack, they'll take the flack
Stars Anchor the light
As the sea she hurtles her might!
Sails flow round in the wind, in the wind
Seems to them that life is twinned, life is twinned

Waiting for the land to strike
As They gaze across the vast divine
Lifting over me
The Fisherman & She

They're Washing Sunshine Out Of The Clouds!

Discography

Streaming on Myspace:
www.myspace.com/cliffordvillageband

Have demoed album: Stories of Old & Weir

Albums Written:

The Seaside Room

Metropolitan Trains

Curious Jane & Jilted George

In The Deepest Forests On The Darkest Sides

Psychadelic Serengetti

'10 Tales Of Heartbreak, Drunkeness & BadTuesdays'

Set List

Typical Set List:
1. Heels of a Thursday (Township Style)
2. Attica (Indie Pop)
3. The Innocent Liers (80s Alt Indie)
4. Copenhagen (Pop Ballad)
5. Pictures Facing Upside Down (Raga Pop Fusion)
6. You Soul To Me Is A Lullaby (Americana)
7. The Fisherman & She (Folk Ballad)
8. Watch The World Play (Klezmer-Latin-Balkan Fuson pop)