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Iron Maiden producer works with Darwen musician
A TALENTED musician has celebrated the release of a solo album featuring some of British music’s most prolific stars.
Natasha Lea Jones, a former member of avant-folk rock group Pooka and multi instrumentalist, said she had achieved a life ambition after bringing everyone who has influenced her musically onto one record.
Her second solo effort, a powerful yet delicately written album called Soar, features Rainbow singer Graham Bonnet, collaborator with PJ Harvey, Rob Ellis, and producer and string arranger for Massive Attack, Iron Maiden and Depeche Mode, Wil Malone.
Natasha, a former Wiganer, has been living in Robin Bank Road since 2002 after the split of her band led her from London to Darwen to be closer to her family.
She said the album was part written to inspire the Darwen pupils she used to teach and features a song, ‘Honey, You Kill Me’ written by local man Steve Hargreaves.
Now a part-time music teacher, she has also worked with Orbital and spent five years working on the album before creating her own record label Dantalian to publish it.
Alongside arranging a national tour over the coming months, she hopes to use the label to help other local musicians.
She said: “It’s been a lot of work which consisted of writing lots of songs and choosing a selection from them but really worth the effort.
“It’s always been a lifelong ambition of mine to create a record that brings all of the people I admire musically together and now that I’ve done it I feel a big sense of completion.
“I never thought that they would all agree as I just asked them on the off-chance so was over the moon when they said yes.
“They were incredible to work with and really down to earth.
“We recorded most of it at Steve Lindley’s Zig Zag studios in Darwen, although one or two collaborations were done over the internet which was an interesting way to work with people who don’t live locally.
“Now that I’ve set up the label I’d also like to help other local musicians by releasing them on it on a small scale basis.”
To buy the album for £10, go to http://www.natashajones.org/shop.htm To arrange a private house gig, e-mail email@example.com
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