Greedy Magicians

by Quiet Loner

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    ‘ an anthem for resistance’ – 10/10 AMERICANA UK
    ‘ Probably the most important record of the year’ – 5/5 MAVERICK MAGAZINE

    The CD comes in a limited edition gatefold recycled cardboard sleeve. Each sleeve has been individually printed using letterpress techniques on authentic 19th century machines. Includes an insert with 3 short essays, from the perspective of three people involved in the recording - the songwriter, a musician and an audience member. The insert also includes extracts from notebooks written by Quiet Loner's Grandad in 1934/35.

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‘ This was a very, very special evening. Nobody left that building unmoved’ – 10/10 AMERICANA UK
‘ Probably the most important record of the year’ – 5/5 MAVERICK MAGAZINE
‘ A powerful rallying call from Quiet Loner’ – BILLY BRAGG
‘ a strong album about standing up and being counted’ – FATEA
‘ a superb album evoking an authentic spirit of English folk’ – PENNYBLACK

‘Greedy Magicians’, singer-songwriter Matt Hill aka Quiet Loner’s third album, is a collection of contemporary protest songs seething with disgust and shot through with melancholy at the state of our coalition-led nation. It’s an album which responds both personally and politically, reflecting on recent events and rewriting them as chapters in a long and historic struggle of the many against the few.

Rejecting the securities of a conventional recording studio, Hill instead recorded in an 18th century church in Salford, an area steeped in radicalism. Over a single evening in May 2012, lit only by candles and fairy lights with around 100 people present to witness it, Hill and his fellow musicians (with members of Samson & Delilah and Last Harbour) recorded the songs totally live in single takes.

‘Greedy Magicians’ is a strong and self-assured artistic statement and there’s a powerful atmosphere that permeates this record. Quiet Loner has made a record about standing up and speaking out, about knowing your history and, most importantly, about how community is our strength and our hope.

The sleeves of the CD album - now SOLD OUT - were handprinted using 19th century machines, the techniques used to print radical pamphlets now deployed to produce a 21st century form of protest.


released November 19, 2012

Mike Doward : double bass, vocals
Tammy Hermann : vocals
Matt Hill : vocals, guitar
Mat Martin : tenor guitar, percussion, vocals
James Youngjohns : violin, mandolin, guitar
Anna Zweck : accordian, flute, vocals

Recorded at Sacred Trinity Church, Salford by Sam Lench
10th May 2012

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All songs written by Matt Hill
C&P 2012 Matt Hill All Rights Reserved
except 'Between the wars' written by Billy Bragg

Sleeve design by K.Craig
CD sleeve handprinted by D Armes at HotBed Press Salford using an Adana 8x5 letterpress machine.


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Matt Hill UK

QLR (Quiet Loner Records) is home to Matt Hill a storytelling singer-songwriter and community based artist who offers a British take on folk and Americana.

‘Possibly the most important record of the year’ MAVERICK 5/5
‘An anthem for resistance’ AMERICANA UK 10/10
‘Delicate songwriting. Bleakly beautiful.’ UNCUT (4 stars)
‘Works of wonder’ R2 4/5
An absolute gem' MORNING STAR (Album of the year)
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