Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dave Hull-Denholm & Ian Thomson; 5 QUESTIONS FOR... A Treasure Trove of Unheard Demos by the Late Lindisfarne Frontman, Alan Hull Has Been Explored by Current Lindisfarne Members, Dave Hull-Denholm and Ian Thomson and the First Album of New Recordings Is Due for Release in May

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dave Hull-Denholm & Ian Thomson; 5 QUESTIONS FOR... A Treasure Trove of Unheard Demos by the Late Lindisfarne Frontman, Alan Hull Has Been Explored by Current Lindisfarne Members, Dave Hull-Denholm and Ian Thomson and the First Album of New Recordings Is Due for Release in May

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At the end of May, a new album, Alan Hull Songbook: Some Other Time will be released, allowing fans of the late Lindisfarne lead singer to hear some of the songs he wrote, but never properly recorded.

They've been brought to the surface by current Lindisfarne members, Dave Hull-Denholm (who is also married to Alan's daughter Francesca) and Ian Thomson.

Dave and Ian listened to more than 120 demo tapes which Dave found when Alan's widow, Pat asked him to sort through her late husband's studio. We asked them some questions.

1. How many tracks are on the album and how did you go about choosing which ones to include? There are 12 songs on the CD, 11 on the vinyl, but the vinyl comes with all 12 songs as a free download.

We made a long list of about 36 songs from the 80 or so on the tapes, and chose six of them to showcase at our series of three concerts we played at the Mining Institute in February. These formed the core of the song lineup for the album, while the others seemed to fall into place from all of the discussions we'd had while copying the tapes to digital.

2. Were you nervous about recording them, did you feel a lot of responsibility? Since we realised the sheer number of unknown songs that are on the demo tapes, we spent a lot of time discussing the best way to bring them to public attention, and because the sound quality wasn't great, (and the performances were never intended for public consumption anyway) we came to the conclusion we could and should record them ourselves, and make them accessible to younger listeners as well as the hardcore Lindisfarne fans.

We also felt that this would be the best way for the songs to get radio play.

Of course we were nervous about public perception, and whether or not we were entitled to do this, but we've had nothing but positive reactions and a lot of public support. …

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