Lyme Regis musician releases lockdown album

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Lyme Regis musician Andrew Ward has been playing piano since the age of nine

AN album created during lockdown by a Lyme Regis musician has been reviewed in the prestigious ‘Electronic Sound’ magazine. 

Local musician Andrew Ward decided to keep himself busy during lockdown by coming up with 19 songs in just 19 days.

He named the impromptu album ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ and released the music via the website Bandcamp at https://arpquadra.bandcamp.com/album/the-lockdown-sessions

The album has now been reviewed by ‘Electronic Sound’, described by Andrew as “the four-weekly Bible of what’s what in electronic and synthesizer music”.

The review read: “The title sets the context for these 19 instrumental vignettes, all started and finished by Lyme Regis synth freak Andrew Ward in the space of 19 days.

“There’s an undertow of melancholy throughout, most pointedly on ‘Those We’ve Lost’, but there’s humour in ‘I Have No Idea What Day It Is’ and When It’s Over’ is a rave thumper.

“No matter that some track would benefit from more development. Getting everything perfect isn’t the aim of this impulsive and immediate response to the odd times we’ve been living through.”

Commenting on the album himself, Andrew said: “‘The Lockdown Sessions’ was written, recorded and produced at home during the first weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown, reflecting the state of our time.

“Nineteen song ideas in 19 days, quickly capturing the emotions, thoughts and feelings as each day unfolded. Whether it was panic, uncertainty, urgency, loss, loneliness or hope, everything was channelled into the music.

“The pieces are generally short and immediate, totally of their time, showing that although we’ve been locked down, creativity wasn’t locked out.”

He said that the album was dedicated to his family – his wife Mary, children Benedict and Evangeline, and mum Ann – for their continued support, as well as his nephew JP Sutcliffe for helping with production.

Andrew, aged 56, has been playing music since a young age but released his first EP earlier this year. He also made the news after contributing to the world’s largest piece of collaborative systems music as part of the international event Piano Day.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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