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Valeryan – “Rolling Road”
Valeryan, former vocalist with pop-folk band – The Settlers - has returned with her new album: “Rolling Road”. The album crafted by Valeryan and music partner Pete Goodall captures her return to music and has already made ripples in the folk music scene, turning heads with her acoustic cover of Fairport Convention vocalist: Sandy Denny’s “Who Knows Where the Time Goes” which has already been released on ITunes. The album is due to be released in spring 2012 on the record label Speakeasy Recordings.
“Moving Shadows” - the next single released in advance of the album speculates middle of the night ideas, questioning the difference between life and dreams; “Twelfth Night” a classical jazz track connects the Shakespearian play with a very special relationship in her life, quoting the music business as “smoke screen mirror illusion”, and “Mary Mary Mary” a traditional and stylish song tells of an interesting visit to a fortune teller with even more interesting results.
The Settlers (who formed in the mid 1960’s) were joined by Valeryan in early 1976 replacing Andie Sheridan as the band’s female vocalist. She was in the line-up and played a key part in the recording of “Whichaway Billy” a single both written and produced by Pete Goodall for the Riverdale label being released in October 1976. Soon after, Valeryan left the band to focus on her solo career.
Valeryan found her musical talents at an early age and at 11 and won a singing scholarship to Trinity College of Music in London. As a dare, she auditioned for and sang on Hughie Green’s “Opportunity Knocks” – the equivalent of XFactor. After winning her televised heat she was offered a Decca recording contract. Since then she has worked in a variety of folk clubs, and after graduating from London University with a Ph.D. in Zoology, went into show-business for real. She travelled around the country with her cabaret folk act but soon after joined The Settlers where she first met and worked with Pete Goodall. In her own right she also appeared on BBC 2's "Poems & Pints" with Max Boyce, and was no stranger to BBC Radio 2’s folk scene.
Valeryan and Pete haven’t worked together since the mid 70’s after losing contact over the years. They met up 18 months ago by complete chance in Hereford and since then have worked on a series of original songs thus creating “Rolling Road”. The album is produced by Pete Goodall and engineered by Brian Robertson in Hereford, and mastered by Turan Audio in Oxford.
“Valeryan’s version of the Sandy Denny song “Who knows where the time goes” is just lovely. I’ll be giving it a play alright. With this album, she’s made a new project out of one of those interesting things which has been languishing in the archives” – Reaction from John Cavanagh, DJ at Radio Six International.
The album is already gaining interest and has received a number of compliments from radio presenters. Valeryan has broadcast 28 interviews in the 6 weeks from October to December 2011, in which “Who Knows Where the Time Goes" has been featured. Pete and Valeryan have also performed live acoustic sets on BBC Radio East at Cambridge, BBC Radio South at Tunbridge Wells and BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester at Hereford.
The album consists of 12 tracks, nine of which are written by Valeryan and provide musical entertainment encompassing contrasting styles of voice and arrangement. The album features genres including Latin, country rock, contemporary and traditional folk, jazz, blues, and pop.
ROLLING ROAD ALBUM RELEASE
23rd September 2012
Valeryan's long awaited album Rolling Road is now available from I-TUNES and other leading worldwide download stores
WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES is now available from i-tunes and other leading dowload stores (October 2011)
MOVING SHADOWS ........ NOW available on I TUNES .....
Album ROLLING ROAD should be available 2012 - currently being mixed and mastered.
Reaction John Cavanagh - Radio Six International.
Valeryan's version of the Sandy Denny song is lovely. I'll be giving it a play alright. Is this album she's made a new project of one of those interesting things which has been languishing in the archives?
All good wishes, J.C. Radio Six International.
The album Rolling Road was recorded during 2011 at our studios in Hereford.
From Sue Marchant, BBC Radio Cambridge - as posted on Facebook November 2011 ...