Paradise Will Be – The Delerium Trees 2018
The Delerium Trees are Drew Jarvie, founding member, songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, and Steve Barker, guitarist/producer. Their debut album, Paradise Will Be, explores the themes of hope, despair, loneliness, dreams, religion and politics.
Drew formed the Trees after Perfect Stranger split up in 2001. He has created a unique soundscape based on his brass band and classical training, combined with various rock styles from his musical travels. Through the years, he has appeared with Nazareth, Huw Lloyd-Langton (Hawkwind), Then Jerico, Man and most recently Gavin Sutherland, providing the brass on several albums. Steve has mainly played for local bands in the North East of Scotland.
Swimming With The Ghost Angels – The Delerium Trees 2019
Swimming With The Ghost Angels continues some of the themes explored in the Paradise Will Be album. Six of the songs have vocals, whilst five tracks are instrumentals.
Joining Drew, on guitars for these tracks is Jack Fox, who adds his own style to proceedings, having mainly played with heavy metal bands. In a change of direction, this is his first album appearance.
The album was recorded at Crackerbox Palace, Turriff and ARC Studios, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire in early 2019. Heitor Alves mixed and mastered the album. Drew has recorded many times at the ARC Studios, most notably with Gavin Sutherland, John Mackie, the Aden Park Brass Band and Sandy Bain.
Underneath This Sun – The Delerium Trees 2020
Underneath This Sun is a 5 track EP which has a lighter mood than it’s album predecessor ‘Swimming With The Ghost Angels’. Catchy2020, an old song rewritten (for the Sound of Spitfire’s 2nd birthday) and Underneath This Sun are happy songs. America, by Leonard Bernstein, contains the original melodies with variations composed by Drew Jarvie. This came about after a conversation with Chris Hyde (Sound of Spitfire) who challenged Drew to come up with a different version. Everywhere is an electronica song dealing with Green issues and Behind The Sun, sees the Trees return to familiar political territory with an upbeat song.
Recorded entirely at Crackerbox Palace, the EP has much more brass involvement which is likely to continue with further releases. Much thanks to Heitor Alves (ARC Studios) for mixing and production, Zandra Tiitso for her wonderful photograph of the sun and Birnam CD for all of their hard work.
Tales From The Western Isles
All tracks composed by Drew Jarvie 2020/2021
Recorded – Crackerbox Palace, Turriff and ARC Studios, Mintlaw, both in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Drew Jarvie – Narration, Vocal, Piano, all Keyboards, Post Horn, Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, Guitars, Accordion, Drums, Bass, Percussion and Programming.
Heitor Alves – Mixing and Mastering.
Ashley Craig – vocal on The Dance At Baleshare.
1) St. Kilda
Based on a ‘Tango in D Minor’, composed by Drew Jarvie in 2015. During 2017 Drew visited St. Kilda, a place of staggering beauty, on probably the calmest ever crossing to the island, to discover and look at the island’s prehistory. Whilst at ‘Lover’s Rock’, he proposed to his now-wife, Ashley. On leaving Hirta, the main island with its famous village, they sailed around the various stacks, each with their own individual history. On arriving back to Harris, Drew quickly scribbled some notes and chords onto manuscript paper in attempt to paint a musical picture of the island’s history and people. This eventually became St. Kilda, the title track of ‘Tales From The Western Isles’.
2) St. Clement’s Church (Harris)
St. Clement’s Church is in the small village of Rodel on Harris, just south of the ferry port of Leverburgh / An-t-Ob. Built in 1520, the church has Scotland’s finest wall tomb. Several restorations have kept this magnificent building in good order. Being a church organist, Drew composed a medieval-style hymn and four-part fugue for organ to remember his visit. Across from the church is the Iron Age dun – Rodelpark.
3) The Oa (Islay)
Islay would be another place with much prehistory for Drew to discover in 2018. It also has much more to be discovered – the distilleries, nice villages, beaches and sites at the Oa Peninsula and Kilchoman concerning tragic incidents during 1918.
The American Monument was built in 1920 to commemorate the loss of two ships. A U-boat torpedoed the passenger liner Tuscania on 5 February 1918. Carrying over 2,000 American soldiers and crew. An estimated 230 lives were lost. Eight months later, on the 6 October 1918 the HMS Otranto, carrying Allied soldiers and crew, collided with the steamship HMS Kashmir during a heavy storm near Machir Bay resulting in the loss of over 400 lives.
Being mainly a brass player, Drew started to compose a piece representing the events of these tragedies with theme that resembles the Last Post. He has tried to paint a musical picture of the sea’s depth and the loneliness of Islay’s west coast, once well populated and now de-populated.
The military cemetery at Kilchoman, overlooking Machir Bay, is the final resting place for those lost during the tragic events of 1918. Drew visited the cemetery on his return to Islay whilst holidaying on Jura 2021.
4) Tea At Inverlussa (Jura)
During his Islay holiday of 2018, Drew visited Jura, along with Ashley plus Bess, their pet dog. Jura is an island with very few inhabitants and even fewer roads. The main village of Craighouse is home to the bulk of the island’s 200 population; happily, that number is gradually increasing. At end of a minor road near Ardlussa, Inverlussa is a small hamlet located at the mouth of the River Lussa as it enters the Sound of Jura. It has a small harbour that was mainly used to load slate from nearby quarries.
After a busy day exploring, the explorers unbelievably found a tea hut with cake – the now-famous ‘Tea On The Beach’. Drew quickly started writing a modern waltz with a traditional feel whilst watching the dog splash about in the river.
Further exploration of Jura was required, so the threesome returned in 2021. Obviously, Tea At The Beach was visited and cake was eaten!
5) The Dance At Baleshare (North Uist)
Baleshare is an island connected to North Uist’s mainland by a spectacular causeway. It contains many prehistoric sites, duns, crannogs and chamber cairns. Whilst visiting the dun at Dun Mor as evening set in, St. Kilda could be seen clearly to the west, inspiring Drew to write this modern Grand March. A dance at the island’s hall is probably a very good night indeed.
6) Down The Brae Into Uig (Skye)
Uig is a small but very important village because the ferries to Lochmaddy (North Uist) and Tarbert (Harris) leave from and return to here. It is one of the gateways to Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. After an eventful day on the way to Uig, the harbour’s pub provided some good refreshment and food. It also provided a cracking sound system belting out some of the Western Isles’ musical talents.
Drew’s pen was set quickly to manuscript and he composed a Jig incorporating a version of the ‘Skye Boat Song’. The composition also includes some guitar strumming by Drew, This was the first time he had used Stuart Adamson’s guitar, gifted to him by one of Big Country’s roadies.
Drew intends to release this album on vinyl, perhaps in 2022. He is also rewriting the entire album for orchestra. Hopefully, this version will also be recorded and released as an album.