This is like music from another time, and there’s a simple reason for this as it comes from a cache of recently rediscovered recordings by a teenager called Trevor Beales, who recorded his music in an attic in Hebden Bridge sometime in the period 1970-74. The songs are full of a world weary realism, exemplified on this song which contrasts Beales’ grounded reality with the dope filled visions of a world of hope and love of the friend he’ll listen to whilst sinking a few beers and then see them home. And whilst the song may be critical of false prophets and simplistic theories it’s fair-minded enough to say “well you take your way, if you want.”
Musically it’s going to bring to mind the likes of Mick Ryan or Dick Gaughan. It’s robust folk, with some excellent finger-picked guitar. Trevor Beales died at the age of 33, but this music is being issued now on an album called ‘Fireside Stories‘ which was released last Friday on Basin Roc records.