September 20, 2010
Mary Hopkin and Morgan Visconti - CD release: "You Look Familiar"
The new Album from Mary Hopkin and Morgan Visconti is due for release on the 25th October. "You Look Familiar" is a fantastic collaboration that brings together Mary's melodies, lyrics and vocals with Morgan's instrumentation and arrangements.
Mary Hopkin Music, having released albums from Mary's archives, is pleased to bring you Mary's current work in "You Look Familiar", to feature the music that Mary has always wanted to make and to showcase her talents as a songwriter.
"You Look Familiar" will be available from this site: Mary Hopkin Music.
The track listing is:
December 18, 2008
Singer Mary Hopkin issues new Album - Recollections
The Welsh singing star who once knocked the Beatles off the number one spot in the charts, has released a rare new album in time for Christmas. Recollections is a collection of 11 songs originally recorded by Swansea Valley-born Mary Hopkin between 1970 and 1986.
But the singer revealed yesterday the tapes containing the old songs nearly landed her in hospital. She said: “There were about 30 hefty two-inch tapes weighing heavily on my mind, and also on my bedroom ceiling. They had been gathering dust in my loft for many years and one morning I woke up to an ominous creaking sound as a huge crack appeared in the ceiling. So, with some prodding from my daughter, Jessica, we decided to release them from their dusty boxes before the ceiling fell in.”
Ms Hopkin shot to fame in 1968 with Those Were The Days, recorded on the Beatles’ Apple label. When she later married top record producer Tony Visconti – who guided Marc Bolan and David Bowie’s early careers – she soared to celebrity status. Her first solo public performance had been at the age of four, singing a hymn in the local church hall in Pontardawe where she grew up. She also sang in rugby clubs and choirs, but got her big break on the X Factor of the 1960s, Opportunity Knocks. After getting rave reviews on the show, Paul McCartney – alerted to Mary’s “beautiful voice” by the ’60s model Twiggy – had her sign for the Beatles’ Apple Records and she went on whirlwind tours of the US, Canada and Europe. Ironically, she knocked the Beatles off the number one spot in 1968 with Those Were The Days. But after having two children she decided to drop out of the public eye and, after a divorce from Visconti, now lives in the south of France, rarely doing interviews.
However, she has continued to write and collaborate with other singers. Her new album has been put together at Space Studios in Cardiff, where she bases her recording work and record label, Mary Hopkin Music. She set up the label in 2005 to release material entirely on her own terms – recording in the studio only, without having to do tours, personal appearances or interviews. It is run by her daughter, Jessica Morgan, 34, who owns Space Studios with her partner, Chris Thomas. Ms Morgan is following in her famous mother’s footsteps as a singer songwriter in her own right doing session work and individual concerts. When in Wales, Ms Hopkin writes and records with her son, Morgan Visconti, and Jessica.
Music industry publicist Judy Totton, who represents singers Joe Brown and Welshman Andy Fairweather Low, said of Recollections: “Mary has that exquisite, distinctive voice which made her such a star. That voice really stands out on this new collection of old songs and will be a must for fans of Mary Hopkin.”
Robin Turner, Western Mail
December 23, 2006
Mary Hopkin releases (un)festive tune
RECLUSIVE artist Mary Hopkin has decided to return to the music scene with the release of an unheard alternative festive tune. And the singer has decided to embrace 21st-century technology and release her Christmas single on download only.
Mary Hopkin recorded "Snowed Under" recently in Cardiff. The singer, who is based in France, has had the song for a while according to people close to her and was inspired by a seasonal deadline. The song, written by Mary, was recorded at Space Studios in Cardiff, where the 56-year-old has her record label Mary Hopkin Music. This cynical look at Christmas looks set to be the start of more music from Mary.
Last year her classic 1972 concert at the Royal Festival Hall was released via her website and had wider release this year. But as 2006 comes to a close the singer promises new recordings to come.
A spokesperson for Mary said, "Mary is very excited about recording more new songs and we are aiming for a new album release in the spring, although we can't say whether it will be new new or old new (from the unreleased archives)."
Claire Hill, Western Mail
December 8, 2006
Mary Hopkin has recorded a Christmas song "Snowed Under"
"Snowed Under" is the first of her own songs to be released on Mary Hopkin Music.
The Christmas single, 'Snowed Under', is available...
... for a mere 89p from Welsh Music on the Demand: disaudio.com. Disaudio is a Welsh music download shop that is a refreshing challenge to the download giants, and offers you MP3s that you can keep, load onto anything and use as you wish (of course you wouldn't share it with anyone else now, would you?). At the top right of their screen is a tutorial that tells you how to sign up and use the service. This single is not available anywhere else, or on CD.
"Snowed Under" is Mary's own composition. She wrote it, sings it, plays some keyboards, sings some backing vocals, co-produced and mixed it, designed and drew the cover, and is proud of it.
Jessie Morgan co-produced and mixed it, did the programming, played some keyboards, sang some backing vocals and provided the studio (Space Studios in Cardiff).
Chris Thomas played the bass and helped with the mix, as well as providing the studio too!
See www.maryhopkin.com for more Mary information.
Or join us on www.myspace.com/maryhopkinmusic where you can listen to the song.
March 27, 2006
Fair days for Mary back in her home town
Singing star Mary Hopkin had the chance to reflect and think "Those were the days" at the weekend when she visited her Pontardawe home for first time in many years.
The mother-of-two who shunned the limelight after her stunning success as a teenager on the Beatles' Apple record label attended a charity fair in the Swansea Valley town on Saturday.
The event, opened by another Swansea Valley star, former rugby player and broadcaster Robert Jones, was aimed at raising money to help restore Pontardawe's 13th century Llangwig church. It is hoped the building will have a new future as a community meeting centre.
Now aged 55, Mary grew up in a terraced street in Pontardawe close to the grade II-listed building which now needs thousands of pounds spent on it to prevent it falling into ruin.
Mary was at the fair in Pontardawe's School Room with her sister Carole who still lives in Wales. Mary now lives in a chateau in the South of France and rarely makes public appearances.
The singer chatted with old friends at the stalls in rain- sodden Pontardawe yesterday. One fair-goer said, "Mary looks really good and it is clear she thinks a lot about the place where she grew up."
Robin Turner, Western Mail
March 26, 2006
Local church has a place in Mary's heart
Welsh folk legend Mary Hopkin made a rare public appearance yesterday in a bid to help buy her home town church. The reclusive singer attended a spring fair in Pontardawe to raise funds for a non-profit charitable trust who are hoping to buy Llangiwg Church for community use.
The Grade Two-listed building is being sold by the Church in Wales and holds a special place in Mary's heart, as she spent a lot of time there as a young girl.
The bric-a-brac sale was held in the "School Rooms" in Pontardawe where Mary used to attend the local youth dances as a child.
Chris Beckett, Wales on Sunday
September 26, 2005
New Mary Hopkin CD out now - Live at the Royal Festival Hall 1972
A long-awaited release from Mary Hopkin. In May, 1972, Mary played what was to be her last concert for years. Saying goodbye to the music business which had catapulted her into worldwide fame barely three years before, she sings some of her best songs including Earth Song and Ocean Song, Those Were the Days and some of the folk classics that inspired her early career. Accompanied by Danny Thompson (Pentangle) and Brian Willoughby (later of The Strawbs), as well as her then husband Tony Visconti and the Pop Arts String Quartet, this is an intimate concert which captures Mary at her best.
1 Once I had a Sweetheart
This album is currently only available from Mary Hopkin Music online. For details on how to buy, please use the link below:
July 29, 2005
Mary Hopkin sings on Dolly Parton's new album titled "Those Were The Days."
The title track "Those Were The Days" is an old Russian folk tune to which composer Gene Raskin added English lyrics in 1962. Originally popularized in American by the folk group The Limeliters, the song became an international hit when a version was recorded by Mary Hopkin in 1968, produced by Paul McCartney. Dolly Parton first sang her own version (with a line changed to say: "The times are always good, right here at Dollywood") with members of the Moscow Circus at the 20th season opening of her theme park in April 2005. Dolly Parton says performing the song "Those Were The Days" at Dollywood inspired her to created her upcoming CD of pop and folk song covers.
"I had been singing that song for days, and that was the song they wanted me to sing with them," she told USA Today. "So I thought, 'This is some sort of cue for me.' "
Guests on the CD include the title track with Welsh singer Mary Hopkin; "Crimson and Clover" with Tommy James; "Turn, Turn, Turn" with former Byrds member Roger McGuinn; and "Me and Bobby McGee" with Kris Kristofferson. Other guests include Keith Urban, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, Nickel Creek, Judy Collins and Cat Stevens.
Below the entire track listing and album cover for Dolly's upcoming album Those Were The Days to be released Oct. 11th on Sugar Hill Records. The track listing is as follows:
It should be noted that only "If I Were A Carpenter" and "Twelfth Of Never" are full-blown duets, the rest of the tracks simply feature the guest artists on harmony vocals!
Release Date: Oct.
April 11, 2005
Re-release Japanese CD's: "Postcard", "Earth Song/Ocean Song" and "Those Were The Days" !
Album details: Japanese exclusive re-issue CD album presented in Mini-LP card style picture sleeve + obi-strip.
The Mini-LP Sleeve CD has been a long lived collector's choice. With near exact replication of the original vinyl jackets, these issues bring their vinyl counterparts back to life in digital form.
Release date: Monday, 16 May 2005.
December 24, 2004
"Those Were The Days" and "Goodbye" in Holland's 2004 Radio 2 Top 2000!
One day before X-mas Holland's Radio 2 announced the results of "The Radio 2 Top 2000". As mentioned before on this site it is by far THE radio event of the year in Holland and is sure to attract vast numbers of enthousiastic fans, like it does every single year. An overwhelming number of over 1 million votes were cast on this year's 3000 nominated songs; that's 40% more than last year's event!
And here's the good part.............both TWTD and Goodbye got great results. "Those Were The Days" climbed well over 400 positions from number 1377 in 2003 to 929 this year! "Goodbye", which didn't make it into last year's list, entered the chart on a very respectable 1553rd place.
The 2004 Radio 2 Top 2000 will be continuously broadcasted from December 26 thru 31 (24 hrs a day). The song "Goodbye" can be listened to on Monday, December 27 between 04.00 hrs and 04.59 hrs Dutch Time. (GMT+01:00) "Those Were The Days" can be listened to on Wednesday, December 29 between 00.00 hrs and 00.59 hrs Dutch Time. (GMT+01:00)
Make sure you tune in and listen.....
June 12, 2004
Eugene Raskin, folk singer who wrote the hit "Those Were The Days" dies - June 7, 2004
Eugene Raskin, a folk singer and architectural scholar who wrote the unusual 1968 hit "Those Were The Days", died June 7 at his home in Manhattan, his son Michael said. He was 94.
Raskin, who performed with his wife, Francesca, as Gene & Francesca, wrote the lyrics and music for "Those Were the Days" in 1962, basing the tune on a Russian folk melody. Paul McCartney heard the Raskins sing the song at a London club in 1964 and remembered it four years later when he was looking for material for the Beatles' newly formed label, Apple Records.
McCartney decided to give the song to Mary Hopkin, a Welsh teenage singer and multiple winner of the British television talent show "Opportunity Knocks", who had been introduced to him by Twiggy, the fashion model. The song, with it's catchy refrain - "Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end" - was one of the first four releases by Apple Records. It reached No.2 on the American charts in fall 1968 and held the top position on the British charts for one week, edging out another of Apple's first four releases, "Hey Jude."
Raskin, who was an adjunct professor at Columbia from 1936 to 1976, also wrote three books about architecture: "Architecturally Speaking" (1971) and "Architecture and People" (1974).
He was a playwright as well. His first play, "One's a Crowd," was a 1949 comedy about an atomic scientist whose experiments leave him with four personalities. "Amata," a romantic fantasy he wrote in 1951, was the second production of the Circle in Square Theatre.
Eugene Raskin was born in 1909 in the Bronx, N.Y., and received his undergraduate and master's degrees from Columbia University.
In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife; both live in Manhattan. Another son, Jonathan, died in 1974.
By Stuart Lavietes, New York Times
April 30, 2004
Final Results 2004 Dutch Eurovision Song Contest Top 100 are in !!!
During weeks of voting the Dutch public cast over 20.000 votes in the Dutch 2004 Eurovision Song Contest Top 100. With over 25 Dutch entries Mary Hopkin had a very tough nut to crack. "Knock Knock (who's there?)" ended up on a magnificent 78th place in the Top 100. Eurovision Song Contest Winners such as Jaqueline Boyer (80), Udo Jurgens (89) and Lulu (91) were left at a distance...
January 5, 2004
Re-release Apple CD "Earth Song/Ocean Song"
After a month of delay Apple Records will be re-releasing Mary Hopkin's CD "Earth Song/Ocean Song" on 12 January, 2004. The original Apple LP (UK release: 1971) was released on CD before in 1992. This CD has been sold out for years but is still highly in demand. Bids at auction-sites such as Ebay frequently rise to as much as $ 70.
According to Mary herself this is her most satisfying production ever. From the start it had had very good reviews in Rolling Stone and other leading Music Magazines. In one of her interviews Mary claimed: "I think it's very much of today and a couple of the songs have environmental themes. I'm very pleased with the album and there is probably very little I would change about it; which is saying a lot because I'm terribly critical about things that I've done."
December 29, 2003
Re-release Apple CD "Postcard"
Apple Records will be re-releasing Mary Hopkin's CD "Postcard" on January 5, 2004. The original Apple LP (UK release: 1969) was released on CD before in 1991 but has not been available for quite a while. The CD carries a grand total of 15 tracks + 3 bonus tracks.
The original British 1969 LP carried 14 tracks including "Someone To Watch Over Me"; the original US 1969 LP also carried 14 tracks but substituted "Someone To Watch Over Me" by "Those Were The Days". Both songs were included in the 1991 and 2004 re-release CD, together with 3 bonus tracks "Those Were The Days (Italian)", "Those Were The Days (Spanish)" and flipside single "Turn! Turn! Turn!".
December 24, 2003
Mary Hopkin's "Those Were The Days" made this Top 2000 again!
Today Holland's Radio 2 announced the results of "The Radio 2 Top 2000". Being THE radio-event of the year it got all the exposure it deserved. Amongst others, all major newspapers published this years play list.
And there is very good news indeed..... Mary Hopkin's "Those Were The Days" made this Top 2000 again. "TWTD" climbed more than 100 positions from number 1483 in 2002 to 1377 this year!
The Radio 2 Top 2000 will be continuously broadcasted from December 26 thru 31 (24 hrs a day). The song "Those Were The Days" can be listened to on Saturday, December 27 between 17.00 hrs and 18.00 hrs Dutch Time. (16.00 hrs and 17.00 GMT)
January 28, 2003
Strawbs - Blue Angel, re-issue of "The bridge" featuring Mary Hopkin (3)
The project to re-issue The Bridge as Blue Angel has been revived - release date
expected to be April 2003. Totally remixed with new tracks and contributions from
Dave Lambert, Rod Coombes, Mary Hopkin and Cathryn Craig.
Dave Cousins - vocals, acoustic guitar, piano (11)
CD (UK) with lyric booklet: Witchwood WRCD 2008.
(Source: Strawbs Web News January 2003)
October 18, 2002
Mary Hopkin re-recorded her all time greatest hit "Those Were The Days"
After almost 35 years Mary Hopkin re-recorded her all time greatest
hit "Those Were The Days". The recording took place at a Welsh recording studio
called The Strongbox Studios in Penarth (near Cardiff). Producer Peter Asher will
use the recording for a brand new two-CD set "Robin Williams Live 2002"
September 15, 2002
Mary Hopkin's page on BBC's Website "Hall of Fame"
From sports legends to superstars, artists (as "our" Mary Hopkin!) to political heavyweights, Wales is responsible for a huge number of famous faces. One can get information about these famous Welsh people on BBC's website "Hall Of Fame".
This "Hall Of Fame" has been divided into: Arts, Innovators, Public Life, Showbiz and Sport. It goes without saying that Mary Hopkin is represented in the "Artists" section of the "Hall Of Fame". BBC Wales though invites everybody to come up with any -missing- information about this Welsh singer. So I suggest you take a good look at Mary Hopkin's page in this Hall Of Fame. Maybe you will see/read some information that is still missing about her. BBC suggests to write a biography about her and they are anxious e.g. to find out who has ever sung with Mary in the Chapel Choir???
So: "What's your story?"
September 1, 2002
New Japanese Mary Hopkin site - All details of Mary's visit to the Expo 1970 in Japan
There's a new Mary Hopkin site on the Internet. On this particular Japanese site you can find all the details of Mary Hopkin's visit to the Expo in Japan during the first week of July 1970. Extensive info and wonderful pics of her arrival at Tokyo Airport, the seven (!) shows during the Expo in Osaka, a fieldtrip to Kyoto and last but not least..... her return to Britain at Heathrow Airport on July 8th, 1970.
Further information: "Mary Hopkin, Unofficial Japanese Web Site"
Recommend: You can use the English Version translated by "excite"!
May 11, 2002
CD Sundance featuring Mary Hopkin: Release Date 13 May 2002 (2)
Sundance was a group of three disparate musicians, who came together in early 1982. The group was formed by Mike Hurst (ex Springfields and Record Producer extraordinaire), Michael de Alberquerque (ex ELO) and Mary Hopkin was Mary Hopkin.
They had little in common except music. Vocally they really hit it off, and their first recordings at Herne Place Studios with Ray Fenwick on guitar, Steve Price on bass and Steve Dimitri on drums, enabled them to obtain a Licensing deal with Bronze Records.
The first single "What's Love?" involved the group flying around the UK in Gerry Bron's private jet promoting it. That spring they were booked on Dr Hook's tour of the UK. They appeared on numerous TV Shows including The Parkinson Show, Russell Harty, Pebble Mill and even their own half hour special on Grampian TV.
Sadly the single only charted in one country-South Africa! Things were starting to go wrong-namely Mary's health. For some reason she kept passing out. After she consulted a doctor she decided to call it a day in November that year. Sundance tried to continue but it was never the same and by the end of 1983 it was all over.
Mike Hurst said "I believed that Sundance could have gone on forever, but only with the original line up. The initial idea of heavy acoustic guitars with Fleetwood Mac type harmonies was the right one, but it needed perseverance, a thing in short supply in the record business".
April 17, 2002
Mary Hopkin will sing on the Welsh programme of "Billy Connolly's World Tour"
Billy Connolly's World Tour of England, Ireland and Wales, kicked off its first weeks with The Big Yin in fine form on a mini-tour of England and Ireland. In the next programme, Monday 22 April 2002 on BBC 1, Billy Connolly returns to Cardiff in Wales where he is overawed by the city's regeneration.
The commissioned music for the series is performed by Billy with Ralph McTell, Chris Parkinson (House Band) and Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), plus a host of musicians relevant to the country being filmed.
Mary Hopkin will sing two songs on the Welsh programme: "Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn" and Ralph McTell's "England" where she re-places the word England for Cymru.
April 1, 2002
CD Sundance featuring Mary Hopkin: Release Date 13 May 2002 (1)
SUNDANCE came together in early-1982. The group were formed by Mike Hurst (ex Springfields and noted record producer), Michael de Alberquerque (ex-ELO) and Mary Hopkin. Their first recordings with Ray Fenwick on guitar, Steve Price on bass and Steve Dimitri on drums led to a licensing deal with Bronze Records.
The group toured the UK as support to Dr Hook and appeared on numerous TV shows, but their first single 'What's Love?' only charted in South Africa! Then, due to Mary Hopkin's ill-health the group disbanded. Mike Hurst said, 'I believed that Sundance could have gone on forever, but only with the original line-up. The initial idea of heavy acoustic guitars with Fleetwood Mac-type harmonies was the right one, but it needed perseverance, a thing in short supply in the record business.'
The CD contains bonus tracks including a historic recording from TV performance of 'Those Were The Days'. Mike Hurst contributes informative and authorative sleeve notes as well as unpublished photos from his personal archive.
Label: Angel Air Records
Label number: SJPCD113
Barcode: 5 055011 701137
The Smile On Your Face - Take Your Time - What's Love? - Heart To Beat -
First time ever released on CD!
March 11, 2002
Summertime, Summertime - Hobby Horse
"Summertime, Summertime" sung by Mary Hopkin, Ondrea Lloyd and Tony Visconti (as Hobby Horse) was released in Holland the other day on a double CD. The other songs and artists on these CD's have all been Top 40 hits in either 1971 or 1972. Although "Summertime, Summertime" was not a big hit in many countries, it was an immediate smash in Holland. The song entered the Dutch Top 40 in September 1972 and went all the way to number 7. It was in the charts for 9 weeks.
The song had already been released on various artists compilation CD's in 1987 and 1999, but it soon became a "collector's item". For the real fans: here is another opportunity to get this happy summer song on CD. It is a compilation by Universal Records, number 520 803-2. This Universal compilation has been released in association with BR Music.
February 18, 2002
Very Annie Mary (2000) is released on DVD - Mary Hopkin performs a small part in this comedy (2)
Annie Mary (Rachel Griffiths), a woman in her early thirties, living in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales is forced to make changes in her life when her father suffers a major stroke. The future of the family business is left in her hands and so she hatches a plan to raise money the only way she can...
Further information about this comedy: May 25, 2001
November 30, 2001
Mary Hopkin statement to the BBC News Department
Mary Hopkin made a statement to the BBC News Department, because of the loss of former Beatle George Harrison (singer, songwriter and guitarist for one of the world's most famous pop groups). Her statement was read out and was printed in the newspapers. Mary Hopkin made following statement to the BBC:
Mary Hopkin, who recorded for the Beatles' Apple Label and who until recently has lived near George Harrison in Henley-on-Thames, described the death as a "great loss". "It was not a surprise, but it was nevertheless tragic news!"
November 19, 2001
New CD with two bonus tracks from Sundance, featuring Mary Hopkin on vocals
After the split of successful 60's group, The Springfields, while Dusty and brother Tom went on to successful solo careers, Mike Hurst became a renowned record producer. During the early 70's Mike recorded two solo albums "Home" and "In My Time", both now released (19th November 2001) by Angel Air on the one CD (label number SJPCD098) with two bonus tracks "Never Going Back/Silver Threads And Golden Needles" and "So Sad" from Sundance, featuring Mike Hurst and Mary Hopkin on vocals. Mike's talent as a record producer needs no introduction.
Now check out Mary's credits on this CD: HMV
August 29, 2001
"Old Faces at Heaven's Gate" and "Prelude V" (1992) featuring Mary Hopkin available in Liquid Audio
Two tracks "Old Faces at Heaven's Gate" and "Prelude V [Heaven's Gate]" (1992) written and sung by Mary Hopkin (CD: "Back to Bach" - Julian Colbeck) are available in Liquid Audio (LQT).
This medium provides a range of music distribution software and services for publishing, hosting and distributing secure digital music content over the Internet. More information about Liquid Audio.
These Digital Music Downloads of Mary’s wonderful songs "Old Faces at Heaven's Gate" and "Prelude V [Heaven's Gate]" from the CD "Back to Bach" of Julian Colbeck may be legally acquired at HMV's Digital Music Store.
Mary Hopkin's sublime "Heaven's Gate" is testament not only to the sensitivity and power of her voice but also to her insight and depth as a lyricist. Julian Colbeck
May 31, 2001
Article about Mary Hopkin published in Mojo Collections Spring 2001 with prints of 14 sleeves!
Would you believe this? In Mojo Collections Spring 2001 (page 129) I found a special feature about Mary Hopkin: 14 different labels of Mary's "Those Were The Days". It also has an interview with Phil Smee, the collector of all those record sleeves. Our beloved Mary is still around these days!!! Below you can find a small part of this interview.
There's Something About Mary!" Phil Smee liked Mary Hopkin's Those Were The Days so much he bought it ....in 14 versions!
"Most people weren't aware of foreign picture sleeve editions back then," recalls '60s aficionado Phil Smee. "The first I knew of them was on family holidays to France. I started picking up beautiful-looking Cream and Jefferson Airplane singles." But Mary Hopkin? "She was unlike the other girl singers," he says. "And it was such a weird combination: this Welsh schoolgirl protégé of Paul McCartney singing this strange, almost Cabaret-ish song supposedly based on an old Russian folk melody." But why the multiple editions? "How can anyone resist that Japanese promo on red vinyl?"
Further information: Mojo4music
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Mary Hopkin will perform a small part in the movie "Very Annie Mary" (1)
In June Mary Hopkin will be seen on the screen for the first time. She will perform a small part in the movie "Very Annie Mary".
"Very Annie Mary" was filmed in the Garw Valley, and was directed by Sara Sugarman. In 1999 Sara won a Pathe/Orange prize for Screenwriting and the Sundance/NHK production award for "Very Annie Mary" (formerly known as Pavarotti in Dad's Room),which is due for wide release from 8 June 2001.
Plot Outline: When Annie Mary (Rachel Griffiths) was sixteen she won the most prestigious singing prize in Wales, at the Welsh Cultural Competition, The Eisteddfod. She was offered a scholarship to study singing in Milan, but had to turn it down because her mother was dying. Since then she hasn't sung a note. Now Annie Mary lives under the shadow of her chapel strict father (Jonathan Pryce), known to all as 'the voice of the valleys'. She wants to break free, but her father has a stroke and demands even more of her time. When she finally does rebel, the whole village becomes involved. But it is only when she finds her voice again that Annie Mary finds her freedom.
Very Annie Mary is on at selected London cinemas from 25 May and on general release from 8 June.
January 27, 2001
Bert Jansch - Moonshine (Mary Hopkin on backing vocals)
Castle Music has re-released one of the finest albums of Bert Jansch "Moonshine" on CD. This CD contains one track "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", with the backing vocals of Mary Hopkin.
Release Date: 26th January 2001
Release Date: 13th March 2001
"Moonshine" was originally released in 1973 right after Pentangle broke up. Though his solo albums are sometimes inconsistent, if ever there was an essential Bert Jansch album, this is it!
The song selection is outstanding, with Jansch giving impassioned readings of such traditional songs as "Yarrow", "Twa Corbies" and "Rambleaway", as well as a suitably austere version of Dave Goulder's classic "January Man". There is also a completely rewritten melody given to Ewan MacColl's much covered "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", with the backing vocals of Mary Hopkin. Jansch contributed several original songs to this album and it is on these that he shines. Included are a sprightly "Night Time Blues" and the title track, which has a John Renbourn-like medieval feel to it. The album ends with "Oh My Father," originally released as a single and containing one of Jansch's most fluid instrumental jams at the end.
Jansch's complex and lyrical guitar is given lots of room to move while being backed by a stellar core group of drummer Laurie Allen, Pentangle bassist Danny Thompson (who also produced), Tony Visconti on vocals, percussion and various instruments, and the searing guitar of Gary Boyle. Guest musicians drummer Dave Mattacks, fiddle player Aly Bain, harpist Skaila Kanga, and Ralph McTell on harmonica round out the album's rich and diverse sound.
September 25, 2000
Mary Hopkin duetted with Davey Crockett on new CD-single - "Chicken vs. Macho"
The Crocketts release their single "Chicken vs. Macho" on 16th. October.
Track Details: Chicken vs. Macho (featuring Mary Hopkin), 1939 Returning (Live), That's For Sure.
August 14, 2000
Mary Hopkin on backing vocals Jon & Vangelis's "Change we Must"
The regular European/Canadian release of this album in 1991 was in fact a recompiled version. Before it was released there were a couple of differences, including an extra song called "Change we Must", extra nature sounds on Garden of Senses and a long instrumental opening to Wisdom Chain.
The "Page of Life" version (picture above) released in the USA and Japan in 1998 by Higher Octave music on the "OMTOWN" label is closer to the original because it drops a few tracks ("Is It Love", "Jazzy Box", "Be a Good Friend of Mine" and "Journey To Ixtlan") and returns to the 5 minute Vangelis intro of "Wisdom Chain" and the original recording of "Change we Must" with Mary Hopkin's voice on it !! The recording is much clearer than the bootleg-CD "Another Page of Life".
Thanks to Dennis Lodewijks, Veldhoven, The Netherlands.
Further information:"Elsewhere Vangelis site".
June 7, 2000
Vangelis's Album Reprise 1990-1999 featuring Mary Hopkin - "Rachel's Song"
REPRISE is a collection of extracts from Vangelis's albums of the '90s plus "Rachel's Song," featuring Mary Hopkin, from the much-belated release in 1994 of his soundtrack for BLADE RUNNER. The tracks are interwoven to form a rich, ambient album. This version of "Rachel's Song" is slightly shorter at 4.22 mins as opposed to the 4.55 mins on the Blade Runner soundtrack and.........33 seconds of Mary is a lot to lose!
June 6, 2000
Mary Hopkin on backing vocals - "Host"
The Crocketts release their romper stomper of a single "ON SOMETHING" on 3rd July. Released through Blue Dog/V2 Records. Screaming guitars, thumping bass line, corking lyrics - energy on tap. Warning: May well make you want to jump off your wardrobe and land pogo-ing on your bed. The Crocketts accept no liability for injuries incurred.
Backed up with two of the finest B sides you're likely to purchase for your pounds in an aeon. 'Host' with the legendary Mary Hopkin on backing vocals and 'Opposite Ends' - a gorgeous demo tempter which is likely to make itself very well known in the coming months.
1. On Something
Release Date: 3rd July 2000
May 7, 2000
Flying Dutchman made a 706-mile round trip from Holland to Wales so he could see Mary on TV
"Flying Dutchman" Hans den Besten made a 706-mile round trip from his home near The Hague so he could watch an S4C programme on his idol - singer Mary Hopkin. Hans, who runs a Mary Hopkin appreciation society, was interviewed for the programme in Amsterdam, then decided to come all the way to Wales so he could watch it with fellow-admirer Pat Richmond, of Barry, who runs the British appreciation society. "It was a really great programme," said Hans. "Of course, it was in Welsh so I had to put the subtitles on."
(Source: Wales on Sunday, 7 May 2000)
May 5, 2000
Mary Hopkin - Owain Hopkin: same surname. Does that mean that they're related?
Catryn's "Up-date" (BBC-online Radio 1) included an interview with Owain Hopkin from The Crocketts. He was talking to Catryn about the band's collaboration with Mary Hopkin. For a chance to hear the full interview click here. Catryn caught up with Owain in a swimming pool in Bradford and asked him as he shares the same surname with Mary does that mean that they're related?
April 22, 2000
CD "The King of Elfland's Daughter" still available
It is my sincerest wish that everybody who likes Mary Hopkin's music and still misses certain CD's in their collection, should still be given the opportunity to obtain them. Internet CD-Shops are a useful help. That's why I have extended my "CD-Shops" page. There is an increase of CD-Shops from 14 to 19. I have added "The King of Elfland's Daughter" (Elfland) CD in my survey.
Much information (performers, tracks, lyrics, reviews) of this CD can be found on the beautiful German site about Bob Johnson and Pete Knight. You can visit this valuable site through "Links".
April 21, 2000
Mary Hopkin and The Crocketts - Why Davey's got a problem?HE may look like an unlikely pin-up, but Davey Crockett, the shaven-headed front man of the Crocketts, has been cultivating a six-pack lately. But Davey, the former cross-country runner and published teen poet isn't about to become the next Peter Andre. "I did a photo session for Deirdre's Photo Casebook in the Sun, so I had to get fit," said Crockett (nee MacManus). "I had to pose as a bloke in a band, who goes out and pulls other women while his girlfriend is at home. It was all my idea," confessed the lively Dubliner, who makes up one quarter of the band.
It's all part of the frantic promotion for their second album The Great Brain Robbery - released on April 17 - which has seen them working with REM producer Charlie Francis. "We have all had our minds robbed by TV, computers, adverts, booze, fags, fabrics and things," says Davey by way of explanation of the album's bizarre title. "The photo casebook is a bit of fun, but it's a serious album," said Davey, who is also working on a book of short stories called An Amazing Disgrace.
The Great Brain Robbery is the follow up to their 1998 debut We May Be Skinny and Wiry. "This album is so much better than our last one and the next one will be even better." The album finds Davey duetting with Welsh sixties songbird Mary Hopkin on the track Chicken Vs Macho. "I wouldn’t really rather be chicken than macho. But if you shout loud enough and look tough, then you don't have to fight."
April 20, 2000
The TV Documentary "Mary Hopkin" (4)
This morning I received an E-mail from The TV Company S4C w