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WINTER 2016-2017

Jason Allen - Shattered Cross
"This song was written by Big Country mainman Stuart Adamson in the latter part of his life (with help from Jerry Boonstra).

It featured on an album called Supernatural, credited to his Nashville-based band The Raphaels (which also featured Marcus Hummon).

Shattered Cross escaped my attention until mid-December 2016, when it was suggested by a fellow Big Country fan that I should make a version of it.

So I figured out how to play it, then recorded a plethora of live drums and percussion, over which I layered a barrage of electric and acoustic guitars.

The lead vocal emerged at 3am on a cold winter night. The resultant song has a Western feel, which is not my familiar territory.

The final mix was created and published on Boxing Day, 2016."
Jason Allen
My take on Inwards by Big Country, with a vaguely mid-period Snow Patrol production, recorded at home on the sofa, December 2016.

The video is an array of layered mosaic clips, rather than one of my usual 'walking in a field looking forlorn' efforts.

Instruments & Vocals: Jason Allen
Composers: Big Country
Video Edit: Jason Allen
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See The World
Planet Earth made from pictures of Planet Earth.
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The Tarn
A boat sailing on puddle on a fallen standing stone.
Tweets By Jason Allen
Tweets By Jason Allen Media
Jason Allen - Fieldwork (2015)
"I escaped to the country. It had been a long time coming. It felt like the town was blotting out my sense of creativity.

The rural lifestyle inspired my guitar playing. A new wave of musical ideas emerged, each captured as voice memos on my iPhone.

Using my laptop and a cheap classical guitar, I began to arrange, record and expand the ideas into songs, painting layers of music and texture on top. The words were either stream-of-consciousness improvisations and/or developed as I went along.

I recorded a lot of tracks during this 18-month process. It was a very relaxed gestation period. There are no electric guitars, only nylon-stringed acoustics. I played every instrument, sung every note, did it all by myself.

Eleven of the songs from this time span make up Fieldwork. The ones that got away will live to see the light of another day."
To download the album free of charge, and for lyrics and further information, visit the Fieldwork website.
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London Bound
Filming London Calling with Paul Jolliffe, August 2016.
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Cash Cows
Queueing for cash, the Mojo Junction way, September 2016.
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Saw The Door Was Open
This song was written in early May 2016 as part of a large batch of new tunes. It was the first track to be fully completed.

This take was filmed and recorded live at dusk on June 7th 2016, during a brief lull in the seemingly never-ending air traffic.

Guitar & Vocals: Jason Allen
Composer: Jason Allen
Camera & Edit: Jason Allen
Innovation Unisex Hair & Beauty - Click to view this website
Innovation Unisex Hair & Beauty
The Innovation salon was fully refurbished in 2016. The website was completely redesigned to compliment the new look premises.
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Candice Bees Fine Art
A website first built in August 2015 to display the wire sculptures by award-winning artist Candice Bees.
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Jason Allen at YouTube
A channel for my self-made music-related videos.
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I regularly post my latest photographs at Instagram.
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I've been tweeting mainly nonsense since June 2010.
  Jason Allen at Reverb Nation
Reverb Nation
Several of my solo albums can be heard in full here.