This stunning album was written and recorded by Anna Lavigne and Martin Stephenson.
Anna originally worked closely with Rick Mayall, Ade Edmondson and Nigel Planer touring the Young Ones in the U.K , she also worked alongside Marti Caine and spent many years touring internationally with her old pal Lindsay Kemp, RIP. Anna came off the road when her sons were born and spent time as a voice artist and tour manager, she met Martin almost 5 years ago and the two just clicked, touring everywhere together until the recent lockdown, Martin noticed a talent in Anna as a lyricist and formed a natural connection with her as had Rick Mayall; she is a natural co-writer and accomplice in creativity. He began encouraging Anna to write lyrics and co-write songs... this came to fruition on the album 'Bayswater Road' where Anna co-wrote 3 or 4 songs, one most notable being 'Every Kind of Heaven' and not only did Anna co-write this song, she also wrote 75% of the main lyric, having only been given a threaded chorus to work with, she delivered instantly and this is what triggered Stephenson's enthusiasm to encourage her writing, which has gone from strength to strength...
The songs are diverse and beautifully arranged with a truly original slant
Something to really enjoy for the coming year
Good luck Anna from all at the Barbaraville camp xx
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1. Every kind of heaven 03:11
2. Dare to dream 03:02
3. Seashore roses 02:51
4. Dance the last goodbye 02:24
5. Paris in the rain 03:34
6. La démise de la bise 04:12
7. Cigarette 03:38
8. I love the way you move 02:53
9. A Life Of Her Own 04:04
The making of this wee album has been blessed by immeasurable support from the talented musicians and friends who contributed their time and skills with great generosity of heart and spirit.
Endless thanks, respect and love to Martin, Philippa, Al, Jim, Liza, Bruce and Mark - ace sound engineer. It couldn’t have happened without you.
We live in strange and unsettling times…
These songs reflect a belief in the power and courage of the human spirit to reach beyond fear and to continue, with hope.
It is a celebration of survival; of love.
There are ‘angels’ who guide and influence our lives for the better. Some we know, others work in hidden form. All homage to them…
Dedicated to Martin and to Finn, Niall and Steph who make my heart sing every day
released December 22, 2020
Anna Lavigne: Lead and backing vocals
Martin Stephenson: All guitars, bass & keys, dobro, backing vocals
Philippa Mo: Violin tracks 2,5 & 6
Neil James Morrison: Violin & mandolin tracks 2 & 5
Al Thomson: Soprano & Tenor Sax tracks 1,3,6 & 9
Liza Mullholland: Accordion tracks 2 & 5
Dan Keep: Flute track 1
Bruce Michie: Baritone & Tenor Sax/ Trumpet track 8
Finn Tessier Lavigne: Drums
Niall Tessier Lavigne: Percussion
All songs written by Anna Lavigne and Martin Stephenson
Produced and Arranged: Martin Stephenson
Mixed and Mastered: Mark Lough
Art Design: Kieran Fitzpatrick @ Sauce Creative
Manufactured: Dale Aiken at Cd Duplication Pro