Locks & Bolts

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Folk and laptop duo Solarference's second album Locks & Bolts was recorded live with a warm and high-spirited audience at the Cube Cinema in Bristol, and captures the creative energy, spontaneity and intricacy of Solarference’s live show.

For this album, Nick Janaway & Sarah Owen have gathered and recomposed ten traditional songs, exploring stories of freedom and constraint, imprisonment and liberation. Songs of rescue or longing for rescue, songs that protest the social constrictions of poverty, work, war, the constraints of unhealthy relationships or family dynamics, with a theme through all the songs of celebration of freedom & emancipation.

"They find something new in the heart of these songs, which really is the best possible thing that can be said about anyone exploring trad folk. That they do it in such new and unique ways is a joy to listen to."
- SpiralEarth ****

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released June 24, 2016

All songs traditional (except "Jute Mill Song", by Mary Brooksbank) arranged and re-composed by Solarference.
Recorded live at the Cube Cinema, Bristol, 15th January 2016.
Recorded by Stef Hambrook
Edited and mixed by Nick
Mixes finalised & mastered by Stef Hambrook at Toybox Studios, Bristol
Photography by Emma Early
Artwork by Sarah and Emma
Title text designed by James MacPherson

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Solarference is Nick Janaway and Sarah Owen.

We combine traditional folk songs with innovative electronic sound-manipulation: unearthly but warm, lyrical and organic sound-worlds.

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Track Name: I Wish That The Wars Were All Over
It was down in the meadow when pearly with dew
I saw a young maiden pick violets blue
And the song that she sang made all the grove to ring
Oh Billy's gone from me to fight for the King
And I wish that the wars were all over
Crying oh that the wars were all over

The notes that she sang were the nightingale's own
To the lark and the linnet, her song was well-known
They tell us of victory, say soon we'll rejoice
But I wait and I wait to hear my billy's voice
And I wish that the wars were all over
Crying oh that the wars were all over

I said my dear maiden would you stay with me
And we could live happy, and we could live free
Oh no she said to me, none can stand in his stead
I'll follow my Billy whether living or dead…

It's now from my parents I'll haste and away
To deck myself out in a young man's array
I'll seek for my Billy or where he does lie
So free for his sake I will venture my life...
And I wish that the wars were all over
Crying oh that the wars were all over
Track Name: I'll Make My Love A Garland / Sylvie
I’ll make my love a garland - it shall be dressed so fine
I’ll deck it all with roses, and lilies mixed with thyme
And I’ll present it to my love, when he returns from sea
For I love my love, and I love my love, because my love loves me

I wish I were a sparrow - I’d ascend into the air
I’d hunt him like an arrow – and if he were not there
I quickly would become a fish and search the raging sea
For I love my love, and I love my love, because my love loves me

I wish I were a reaper - I’d seek him in the corn
And if I were a hunter, I’d hunt him with my horn
I’d sound a blast when found at last, beneath the greenwood tree
For I love my love, and I love my love, because my love loves me

Sylvie Sylvie when no-one could see
Dressed in men’s clothing and gear so free
With sword and pistol all by her side
To meet her true love,
To meet her true love, Sylvie did ride

As she went riding over the plain
She met her true love and bid him stand
Stand and deliver sir she said
Or else this moment,
Or else this moment, I’ll shoot you dead

Oh when she’d robbed him of his store
She said kind sir there’s one thing more
A diamond ring which I know you wear
Deliver it,
Deliver it and your life I’ll spare

My diamond ring a token is
The ring I’ll save and my life I’ll give
So tender hearted just like a dove
She rode away,
She rode away from her own true love

Next morning in the garden green
Just like two lovers they were seen
Twas I that robbed you on the plain
I’ve made you blush love,
So here’s your watch love and gold again

I only did it for to know
Whether you was my true love or no
But now I have a contented mind
My heart and all dear,
My heart and all dear, they are thine

Sylvie Sylvie when no-one could see
Dressed in men’s clothing and gear so free
With sword and pistol all by her side
To meet her true love,
To meet her true love, Sylvie did ride
Track Name: One More Day
oh haven't you heard the news me john, we're homeward bound tomorrow morn
only one more day, come roll it over, feared i should never see home again
oh haven't you heard the news me john, we're homeward bound tomorrow morn
only one more day, come roll it over, feared i should never see home again

oh heave and sight to the anchor john, it's one more day of workin' long
only one more day of wind and weather, feared i should never see home again
oh don't you hear the cap'sn pawl, oh don't you hear the seabirds call
only one more day we'll be together, feared i should never see home again

oh haven't you heard the news me john, we're homeward bound tomorrow morn
only one more day, only one more day, grab the line, haul away
oh haven't you heard the news me john, we're homeward bound tomorrow morn
o nly one more day, only one more day, grab the line, haul away

the sea birds they got the warning first, which one and all they must obey
there's a tempest loud, the storm is coming, fear we'd forever be washed away
i heard the sea birds they flew above, they flew ashore from o'er the bay
and i felt they all were crying, as once again, i must away

oh haven't you heard the news me john, we're homeward bound tomorrow morn
only one more day, only one more day, grab the line, haul away
i haul the ropes and my broken heart, my love and i been so long apart
oh i wish her arm was tight around me, but i may never see her again

oh don’t you fear my beauty, love must give way to duty
for just one more day, only one more day, grab the line, haul away
oh haven't you heard the news me john, we're homeward bound tomorrow morn
my sweetheart and i will be hand in hand, nevermore must i away

oh heave and sight to the anchor john, it's one more day of workin' long
only one more day, come roll it over, feared i should never see home again
only one more day, come roll it over, feared i should never see home again
only one more day…
Track Name: Jute Mill Song
Oh dear me, the mill is running fast, the day long
Shifters, never can get no rest, my poor wee one
Oh dear me, shifting bobbins coarse and fine
Shifters, fairly how they make ye work for your ten and nine
My poor wee one - i wish the day was done

Oh dear me, the world is ill divided in twain
Shifters and those that work the hardest have the least to gain
All my days, spinning warp and weft and twine
How'm I to feed and clad my bonnie when they give me ten and nine
My poor wee one - i wish the day was done

Oh dear me, the mill is running fast, the day long
Shifters, never can get no rest, my poor wee one
Oh dear me, shifting bobbins coarse and fine
Shifters, fairly how they make ye work for your ten and nine
My poor wee one - i wish the day was done
My poor wee one - i wish the day was done

Oh dear me, the world is ill divided in twain
Shifters and those that work the hardest have the least to gain
All my days, spinning warp and weft and twine
How'm I to feed and clad my bonnie when they give me ten and nine
My poor wee one - i wish the day was done
My poor wee one - i wish the day was done
Track Name: 'Twas Through Moorfields I Rambled
'Twas through Moorfields I rambled by myself and all alone
I heard a maid in Bedlam a-making her sad moan
She was wringing of her tender hands, and a-tearing of her hair
Saying, " Oh, cruel parents, you have proved to me severe.
She was wringing of her tender hands, and a-tearing of her hair
Saying, " Oh, cruel parents, you have proved to me severe.

It's all for my true love, your apprentice boy you know
You sent him to the sea which has proved my overthrow
This sad disconsolation has made me to complain
Saying, ' Oh, will I ever see the man I love again? ' "

Twas early next morning this young sailor came on shore,
He walk’ed and he talk’ed down alongside Bedlam door
He gave unto the porter a handsome sum of gold
Saying, " Take me to my dear love, she's the joy of my soul."
Saying, " Take me to my dear love, she's the joy of my soul."

I am the young man that your father sent to sea
But I have returned all for the love of thee
If this is true, she said, then all my sorrows they are fled
I’ll bid farewell these chains, and this cold strawy bed

I am the young man that your father sent to sea
But I have returned all for the love of thee
If this is true, she said, then all my sorrows they are fled
I’ll bid farewell these chains, and this cold strawy bed

So it’s through Moorfields I ramble by myself and all alone
Yes it’s through Moorfields I ramble, by myself and all alone
Track Name: Farewell He
farewell cold winter and farewell cold frost
since nothing have i gained but my true love i've lost
farewell cold winter and farewell frost
for what can i gain if he's lost
you'll hear me sing when occasion i do see - wo-oh let him go farewell he

he thought i should speak to him as i did pass by
sooner than i'll humble to him i would lay me down and die
he thought i should speak to him as i passed by
sooner than i'll humble to my love i'd die
you'll hear me sing when occasion i do see - wo-oh let him go farewell he

last night he brought to me a fine diamond ring
thinking to deprive me of some far better thing
but he was not so skillful as a lover ought be
i'll defy the lad for ever - farewell he
you'll hear me sing when occasion i do see - wo-oh let him go farewell he

if he has got another lover for all to see
he is welcome to stay with her and think no more of me
if he has got another love and they do not agree
I’ll defy the lad forever - let him be!

if he has got another lover for all to see
he is welcome to stay with her and think no more of me
if he has got another love and they do not agree
I’ll defy the lad forever- let him be!
you'll hear me sing when occasion i do see - wo-oh let him go farewell he

oh the cuckoo she's a pretty bird
she sings as she flies
(ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo)
she brings us glad tidings
and she tells us no lies
Track Name: Lucy Wan
Fair Lucy she sits at her father’s door, weeping and making her moan
Along then comes her brother dear, what ails thee Lucy wan?

Oh I ail and I ail dear brother she cried, and I’ll tell you the reason why
There is a child between my sides, that’s of you dear brother and I

Then he’s drawn out his own broad sword, that hangs low down by his knee
And he has cutteth off poor Lucy Wan’s head, and her fair body in three

And outen then come her thick heart’s blood, and outen then come the thin
And he is away to his mother’s house – What ails thee Geordie wan

And what is that blood on the point of your sword – my son come tell unto me
Oh that is the blood of my grey hound, she would not run with me

Oh your grey hound’s blood was never so thick - my son come tell unto me
Oh that is the blood of my grey mare, she would not ride with me

Oh your grey mare’s blood it was never so red - my son come tell unto me
Oh that’s not the blood of my grey mare – tis the blood of my sister Lucy

Oh what will you do when your father comes to know - my son come tell unto me
Oh I will set sail in a bottomless boat, and I will sail the sea

And when will you return again, my son come tell unto me
When sun and moon dance on yonder hill and that will never be
Track Name: Come To My Window / The Complaining Maid
Come to my window my love oh my love
Come to my window I pray
For the hours so quickly pass, and the dew falls on the grass
Dear love come before the dawning of the day

Come to my window my love oh my love
Come or my heart strings will break
For the night is speeding by, soon will morning streak the sky
And the world it will slowly come awake
And the world it will slowly come awake

Come to my window my love oh my love
Come before the stars cease to shine
For my heart is full of fears, and my voice is choked with tears
I am thine, oh thou knowest, I am thine
I am thine, oh thou knowest, I am thine

(Humming)

Believers, deceivers - Believers, deceivers - Believers, deceivers

Down in yonder bower, There does grow a flower
Do you recall the promises you made there
Go to, false pretender, Do you not remember
When my innocent heart you did ensnare

Young men are deceivers, Young women are believers
Young men are deceivers, Young women are believers
Young men are false and seldom do prove true

Had i my heart in keeping, Oh had i my poor heart again
Had i my heart in keeping, Oh had i my poor heart again
Track Name: Dives and Lazarus
As it fell out upon one day, rich Div'rous made a feast,
And he invited all his friends, and gentry of the best.
Then Lazarus laid him down and down, and down at Dives’ door:
‘Some meat, some drink, brother Diverous, bestow upon the poor.’
So arouse your songs of freedom the world seems upside down
They scorn the poor man as a thief in Country & in Town

‘Thou art none of my brother, Lazarus, lying begging at my door;
No meat nor drink will I give thee, nor bestow upon the poor.’
Then Lazarus laid him down and down and down at Dive’s wall:
‘Some meat, some drink, brother Diverous, or with hunger starve I shall.’
So arouse your songs of freedom the world seems upside down
They scorn the poor man as a thief in Country & in Town

‘Thou art none of my brother, Lazarus, that lies begging at my wall;
No meat nor drink will I give thee, but with hunger starve you shall.’
Then Lazarus laid him down and down, and down at Dive’s gate:
‘Some meat, some drink, brother Diverous, for mercy's own sweet sake.’
So arouse your songs of freedom the world seems upside down
They scorn the poor man as a thief in Country & in Town

So arouse your songs of freedom the world seems upside down
They scorn the poor man as a thief in Country & in Town

Alas, un-altered are the times, despised are those in need
There’s hundreds who are starving for they can’t get food to eat
And if they go unto the rich to ask them for relief
They bang their door all in their face as if they were a thief
So arouse your songs of freedom the world seems upside down
They scorn the poor man as a thief in Country & in Town
Track Name: She Rode On The Railroad
I had a dream the other night
I dreamed I was with my darling
And when I woke, I found it not so
And I started looking for her
Oh that girl, oh that sweet girl, She rode on the railroad with me
Oh that girl, oh that sweet girl, She rode on the railroad with me

I rode till I came to her father’s hall
And there I enquired for her
He answered me, there’s none such here
And he’d set my heart on fire
Oh that girl, oh that sweet girl, She rode on the railroad with me
Oh that girl, oh that sweet girl, She rode on the railroad with me

I stood awhile all in a maze
A viewing the lonely window
My passion flew, my sword I drew
But there's locks and bolts to hinder
Oh that girl, oh that sweet girl, She rode on the railroad with me
Oh that girl, oh that sweet girl, She rode on the railroad with me

The locks and bolts were knocked away
And I caused the locks for to shatter
Come all you who have sweethearts
You must fight till you’ve gained their freedom
Oh that girl, oh that sweet girl, She rode on the railroad with me
Oh that girl, oh that sweet girl, She rode on the railroad with me
Oh that girl, oh that sweet girl, She rode on the railroad with me
Come all you who have sweet hearts
you must fight till you’ve gained their freedom