John Nye  

John Nye

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Nye family, by Amelia
The family, by Amelia, November 1999
some pen to paper ... and a warm chord or two

Potentially, I could have my work cut out with this page, although it's nice to have an outlet and quite satisfying putting things up this way. It must be the journalist in me. A flickering flame...

Well you have to find something to do when you retire.

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Breathe (2012)

So Slow (2013)

It Goes Like This (2013)

St Loy's Lament (2015)




John Nye and Steve Beer - Steve and I would get together every Wednesday to play. We did this for 5 years, from 1992 to 1997. I'm still wading through the tapes, dozens of them. Oh, how we suffered for our art - now it's your turn!

Sad Clothes & Gestures [Reprise] [Nye]

Sad Clothes & Gestures [Nye] - recorded 20 January 1997

Farewell To You Baby (Carl Martin) [No Matter How She Done It (Tampa Red)] [arranged by Nye, Beer] This song came about because I opened a blues guitar book and used the lyrics of the song on the left-hand page for the verse and the lyrics of the song on the right-hand page for the chorus. Everything about this song was improvised. We only played it once.

Shake It (Wherever It Is) [instrumental] [Nye, Beer] - recorded 27 January 1997

Hand In Hand [Nye, Beer] - recorded 22 June 1994

Gilraen [Nye] - recorded at Geoff's [Hi Geoff!], I think. That's him tinkering away in the background towards the end.

Angie [arranged by Nye, Beer] - recorded 9 April 1997

Country Dance 2 [Nye, Beer] - recorded 14 November 1996

World Gone Wrong [Vinson] - recorded 17 September 1997

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall [Dylan] - recorded 19 April 1995

Female Rambling Sailor [trad.] - recorded 19 April 1995

Sovay [trad.] - recorded 23 March 1994

Bethany's Tune [slow] [Nye] - recorded 5 January 1995

Bethany's Tune [Nye] - recorded 2 March 1995

Instrumental [improv.] - recorded 17 September 1997

Mind Your Own Business - recorded 19 March 1997

Spanish Conversation [instrumental] [Nye, Beer]  - recorded 23 February 1994

Too Bad [instrumental] [Nye] - recorded 23 March 1994

Viola Lee Blues - recorded 16 July 1997, with James Bolton on harmonica



writings, etc.

Acres' Acre, chapter one Acres' Acre is a story I started writing back in the late '70s. I was a journalist then and it was an amazing diversion from my day to day slog. Finishing the first chapter was a particular milestone, I remember. Every day at work I was writing articles on demand, to length and on a predetermined subject, and to come home and just let my mind wander was amazingly uplifting. The first chapter just happened in one sitting, and felt complete. Following chapters came slowly, and then I moved to Cambridge and haven't taken it out of the box since... until now. I have a lot of work to do on it, but it's nice to have a project - on top of all the others I've set myself! The initial spark for the story was the Middle English poem 'Dame Siriz and the Weeping Bitch'