Over the years I've been very fortunate to work with some amazing musicians and release a few albums. Below are all the ones I have rights to (mainly my folk rock band Mawkin) and therefore can put up on bandcamp so you guys get a free listen. Enjoy!

2018

Music

Down Among the Dead Men

Mawkin

Here is our 4th studio album! The majority of the songs were written and tested out on festival crowds over the last two years. The album is meant to be about all the facets of drinking - from the boisterous call to arms for a night out in 'Midnight Ranger' to the rather dark sounding tribute to the god Bacchus in the title track, then there's the dangers of drinking in 'Old Fool', a rather tongue in cheek look at the effects of being on the sauce in 'My Husbands got no Courage in Him' and then the rather melancholic demise of an old sailor being tossed out of a pub in 'Jolly Roving Tar'. Peppered with some banging instrumentals, we're rather proud of this album and hope you like it too.
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2015

The Ties That Bind

Mawkin

3rd studio album by Mawkin
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2012

Crow is Mawkin's 2nd studio album.

Ella Edmondson - 'Proper Bo'

Q Magazine - '**** Highly inventive, invigorating third album'
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2010

The Awkward Recruit

Mawkin:Causley

****

An unlikely union between mischievous young Essex band Mawkin and Devon's outstanding singer Jim Causley, this exuberant debut – largely constructed around emotive warlike themes – establishes them as Brit folk's brightest new young guns, merging jazz nuances with driving fiddle/melodeon fuelled rhythms. Causley's inviting voice does the rest.

- Colin Irwin, The Telegraph

"Expectations are high: they were nominated for an award for best group even before the release of this, their debut CD. It lives up to the hype"
-- **** 4 stars (FT)

"Genuinely artful arrangements - mighty, provocative, yet admirably considered" -- **** 4 stars (Observer Music Monthly)

"Remarkably assured - such conviction and a true sense of their music's history" -- ***** 5 Stars (Uncut)

"Supremely confident - a serious album, of considerable weight" -- fROOTS

"Unconditionally Mighty" -- **** 4 stars (Mojo)

Mawkin:Causley deserve to be up there with Bellowhead as heroes of the new folk revival
-- Robin Deneslow - The Guardian
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2009

Blue Beginnings

David Delarre

“Blue Beginnings marks an interesting departure for Dave Delarre and one that shows versatility and skill”

Liz Ozman - Bright Young Folk, 2010
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2008

Cold Ruin

Mawkin:Causley

Customizing something that isn't broken could seem foolhardy. However, when Mawkin suggested to Jim Causley the idea of a collaboration, it was a no-brainer. And now the fusion is complete, and firing on all cylinders, we have a youthful smorgasbord of talent in one neat package.


The tracks on 'Cold Ruin' will be familiar to some, as the release is certainly underpinned by tradition. One of the exceptions is 'George's son,' which arrives by way of John Kirkpatrick. Composed for a theatrical production of Far From The Madding Crowd, here this simple tale of dogs and sheep is far from mundane. Instead it's a swirling bawdy tale of intrigue. A fitting opener, as the drama doesn't subside through their take on 'Botany Bay' or 'Mariners.'

For 'Come My Lads' they serve up a crystallization of their many talents. Deserving of a review in itself, this lovingly researched and restored tune has a punchy trademark Dave Delarre guitar rhythm, rapid melodic riffing from all, and skin-tingling catchiness when Lauren McCormick's voice joins in the chorus. Hats off to Stu Hanna, of Megson, for some imaginative production work here and throughout.

'Cookie Monster' showcases James Delarre's writing capabilities and reveals the origin of Mawkin:Causley's unique sound. This instrumental is a tightly knotted and many stringed beast that beats at the heart of most of their material.

Trying to pin down a good description of Jim's voice is a challenge. It's certainly sounds more complex with the passing years, and yet, it retains an innocence, close to a sense of wonderment, as if he surprises himself with what its capable of. He brings all of this to bear on 'New York Trader,' which Nancy Kerr felt would suit him, when she suggesting it.

It's a bold and unorthodox sound that reveals further delicious nuances with each listen. And due to the mini-album's brevity the guys never lose their grip on you.


David Kushar
(www.spiralearth.co.uk)
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2006

The Fair Essex

Mawkin

Unconditionally mighty and varied selection of instrumental tunes from a young band who wield a passionate empathy with the roots of the music while imbuing it with genuine wit, verve and clear-sighted inventiveness. James Delarre's fiddle playing is a constant thrill but from the gypsy jazz stylings to rural sound effects and samples, it's beauty is in the detail. - MOJO Magazine
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2005

Extended Procrastination

Mawkin

Recorded in just two days in 2004, this little EP was the beginning. All of our early influences are on here - Silly Wizard, John Kirkpatrick, continental tunes from France and Sweden and some of our contemporaries own compositions. It was recorded all live in Simon Ritchie's So-Called Studios - his cottage in Thaxted where we had to stop playing while the planes from Stansted flew over every 30 minutes or so!

Its honest, gritty, raw folk music. With an average band age of 17 we are definitely at the beginning of a long love affair with traditional music.

One for the die-hard fans.

Enjoy.

David Delarre - 2012
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