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Finally, after over a year of work and waiting, the new Navaro album Home is Where Your Heartlands is now out…

I have a single pre-release copy, and I have to say the packaging and general presentation (the work of photographer and designer Chris Crawford) is wonderful…

Here is a small shot of it, complete with a picture framed set of the artwork that each member of the band received/signed:

Navaro - Home is Where Your Heartlands

Navaro - Home is Where Your Heartlands

The album also features a varied of guest musicians, including the old stalwarts Gareth Thomas, Guy Fletcher and Mark Stevens from Little Johnny England.

The band also got together for their first rehearsal in many months – here is a quick shot from the studio:

Navaro get back to business!

Navaro get back to business!

As always, you can get in touch and hear more from the band on their website here >>

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Album cover?

Here’s a photo my friend WH  surreptitiously took of me at the weekend!

Done on his snazzy iPhone (with some sort of ‘app’ that simulates a range of old style camera film/lenses) he though it would make a good album cover!?:

Album cover!?

Album cover!?

I am just worried that my tiny (borrowed!) mandolin makes my bum look big!

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One of my free blog-offer cds went to out to the States the other day to a chap called MandoRon – he’s very kindly written a review of it on his blog… 

Ron is a fellow musician/mandolin player, so I’m even more pleased he seemed to like the recording.

Most of the cds have now gone, but a few still remain so please feel free to let me know if anyone wants one? (send me an email to freecd@cbatkin.plus.com with your name and address and I’ll bung one in the post to you asap…)

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Rather unexpectedly, I’ve recently got hold of some spare boxes of a CD I recorded a couple of years ago when playing in an acoustic folk/roots duo. I doubt I can sell the CD any more so I thought it was much better to get them ‘out there’ rather than leave them mouldering away under the bed for another 10 years!

Entitled ‘G-Force Trousers’ (don’t ask, it’s a long story!) the CD is a combination of both original and traditional tunes, written for guitar and mandolin. It went down very well at the time – we got a few good gigs out of it, got it on the radio, and also received this very favourable review from FRoots Magazine:

‘Very nice set of tunes on guitars, mandolin and banjo, plus assorted pig and cat friends. The duo switch from fast bluegrass picking to gentle Irish airs, with the virtuosity element strongly to the fore, but not overwhelming the tunes. Bet they’re blinding live.’
FRoots Magazine, December 2006

So, I’ve got 100 copies here, free to anyone in the Blogosphere who fancies one! Simply send me an email to freecd@cbatkin.plus.com with your name and address and I’ll bung one in the post to you (first come, first served). In return, I’d love to know what you think of it so please add a comment to this site (or email me, or visit my guitar site at www.cbatkin.plus.com) – you can hear some snippets of the tracks on the CD at this page >>.

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