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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‘ an anthem for resistance’ – 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.

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

‘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.

credits

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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Quiet Loner Glossop, UK

Quiet Loner is the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill. Inspired by the storytelling traditions of American folk and country music, Hill’s songs also have a distinctly British lyrical bite.

‘Delicate songwriting. Bleakly beautiful.’ UNCUT (4 stars)
‘Uplifting and inspiring’ MAVERICK (4 stars)
'Works of wonder’ ROCK N REEL R2 (4 stars)
'Highly recommended.’ AMERICANA UK (8/10)
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