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Snailbeach Mines Trust

by E.L. Heath

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Snailbeach Mines Trust is the first Wayside and Woodland release from Shropshire based multi-instrumentalist, Eric Heath.

The Snailbeach Lead Mine, in its heyday, was the largest lead mine in England. Though mining took place from Roman times right up until about 1950, the 1800s saw a massive expansion in mining in the area.

Using guitar, organ, keyboard, field recordings, martenot, piano and voice as the starting point for each of these pieces, Eric then spent time shaping these ideas and fragments to reflect his emotions of returning to somewhere very much engrained in his own childhood. As a result, the pieces display a great deal of emotional depth, ambient beauty and warmth, evocative one minute of the bucolic songs of Nick Drake and Virginia Astley, then effortlessly shifting towards the more reverb drenched layers and textures of Stars of the Lid and Brian Eno.


released April 5, 2010


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Wayside & Woodland Recordings England, UK

Wayside & Woodland Recordings was founded by Ben Holton and Rob Glover, and is based in South Staffordshire & The West Midlands.

The home label of epic45, Birds in the Brickwork, The Toy LIbrary, My Autumn Empire, Charles Vaughan and The Balloonist

And has released works by E.L. Heath, Component#4, Richard Youngs, Oliver Cherer, They Go Boom and Mark Van Hoen.
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