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Produced by Mick Ross, ‘New Skin’ is a whirlwind of song-writing prowess, as the band’s trademark melancholy strings and joyful rich harmonies intertwine to form a uniquely ethereal collection of haunting yet powerful songs.

Turbulent and often heart chilling lyrics collide with melodic soundscapes, endearing the listener with tales of warmth, woe and wonder. The album caresses you with stark and simple story telling, navigating through the wonder of life’s great highs and lows.

Recording of the album was supported by a Help Musicians UK Emerging Excellence Award (helpmusicians.org.uk) and City Music Foundation (citymusicfoundation.org).

“A midnight dark yet airily bright breath of fresh folkish air” - Clash

"The remarkable voice of Bridie Jackson is beautiful yet haunting" - The Guardian

"Refreshingly unpretentious and movingly soulful" - The Telegraph

“Original and magical” - Consequence of Sound


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Ian Roberts at A Star PR
Tel. +44 (0) 208 859 4846
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released 05 May 2014

All songs written by Bridie Jackson, except:
Track VII, written by Robert Nunn, and discovered by Bridie Jackson and The Arbour at The Northumbrian Archives, Woodhorn Colliery, as part of Music In Museums, a project funded by Arts Council England.
Track VIII, written by Louis Barabbas,

All songs arranged by Bridie Jackson and The Arbour


Producer... Mick Ross
Co-Producer (Track III, IV, X)... Mark Broughton
Co-Producer (Track III)... Ed Boyd
Engineer... Mark Broughton
Mastering engineer... John Davis at Metropolis

Recorded at Blast Recording Studios, Newcastle.


Bridie Jackson... Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Belleplates
Carol Bowden... Vocals, Cajon, Percussion, Belleplates
Jenny Nendick... Cello, Double Bass, Belleplates
Rachel Cross... Fiddle, Five String Viola, Vocals, Belleplates

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Bridie Jackson and The Arbour Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Newcastle based four-piece Bridie Jackson and The Arbour are an eclectic group of folk-influenced musicians. Hauntingly ethereal, yet fused with dark and powerful undertones; this eccentric ensemble inject contradictions galore, with their union of bright melody and sombre lyricism.
'Original and magical' (Consequence of Sound)
'Movingly soulful' (Telegraph)
'Seriously awesome' (For Folk's Sake)
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Track Name: New Skin
Villianise all I see

Even those who carry me

Pouring scorn on rain that falls to the ground

But I am not as I was found

Two thirds below the surface we go

Unnoticed, tangled as we are, we are

Starved of peace and stained by living

now my feet newly fit the earth

and I’m in my new skin

Two thirds below the surface we go

Unnoticed, tangled as we are, we are
Track Name: Ellie
Nothing goes unknown
Even sounds of growing bones
Rain on a tin roof, the noise of tears
from those with past beyond their breathing years
Press your body to the wall
Voices rise and fall
in your heart and in your ears
the endless hum of fear
One side of a lockless door
Raised on scorn
But you don’t know what for
A harvest of regret for a life unknown
Yet you are kind even when alone
Press your body to the wall
Voices rise and fall
in your heart and in your ears
the endless hum of fear
If innocence is an absence of action
we’re as pure as things un-grown
Track Name: Prolong
Lock the doors and draw the blinds
to stop us now from seeping away
Turn your gaze to the floor and say nothing
but your silence speaks a thousand words,
words, words

Prolong love or no sense or reason
when it’s time you feel it in your bones
anyway, anyway

Together alone in this endless space and
dissolving fast
A snapshot of your life
Without them by your side
There to catch you when you fall
From a great height

Prolong love for no sense or reason
when it’s time you feel it in your bones
anyway, anyway
Track Name: Peace
I wake up beside my foe, my anchor long ago
and there are ghosts in every room
I was your spine, you were my skin
These regrets they breathe (and sigh)
There’s no safer place (than the scene of this crime)
No worse than the rest
But deserving peace none the less,
peace none the less
Pins drop like the rain
Your mother sighs again
For songs I no more sing
You are perched so still
With folded wings
These regrets they breathe (and sigh)
There’s no safer place (than the scene of this crime)
No worse than the rest
But deserving peace none the less,
peace none the less
Track Name: Diminutive Man
You wait to be shown wrong from right
all around you rivers burn and brave men fight
Though never the first to cast a stone
How you bray behind the tyrant's throne, the tyrant's throne

Hide and cower as you do,
in your dreams you’re noble through and through
turn your back and hang your pride
in weakness evil lies

Oh the time to pick a side is now (oh the time is now)
You are nowhere to be found (nowhere to be found)
Under the rocks you hide
Harboured by those you despise

Stand up, Oh stand up
And I'll grant you my hate not pity

Hide and cower as you do,
in your dreams you’re noble through and through
turn your back and hang your pride
in weakness evil lies
Track Name: We Talked Again
The ice came, the ice came
and we talked again, we talked again

A child strayed in our neighbourhood
and we talked again, we talked again

Reaching out for human warmth
Long to be loved for the small things once
more
Once more

They built fences high
and darkened the sky
we forgot to be strangers
and we talked again, we talked again

Reaching out for human warmth
Long to be loved for the small things once
more
Track Name: The Sandgate Dandling Song
Hold thy way, my bonny bairn,
Hold thy way up on my arm,
Hold thy way, thou soon may learn
to say Dada, so canny

I wish thy daddy may be well,
He’s long in coming from the keel,
Though his black face be like the devil,
I’d like a kiss from Johnny

Thou really has thy daddy’s chin,
Thou art like him, leg and wing,
And I, with pleasure, can thee sing,
Since thou belongs my Johnny

When daddy’s drunk, he’ll take his knife
And threaten sore to take my life,
Who wouldn’t be a keelman’s wife,
To have a man like Johnny

Hold thy way, my bonny bairn,
Hold thy way up on my arm,
Hold thy way, thou soon may learn
to say Dada, so canny
Track Name: Scarecrow
On my wedding day, they only rang a single bell
No witness came: You had me all to yourself
A willow veil and gown of long leaf pine instead of lace
An embroidered train endowed with twines of every muted shade

On my wedding day, fronds of fern were flower girls
Their dresses frayed, and the rice replaced with earth
Love was my only journey until the dark swallowed me whole
Now no one will return me to your door

On my wedding day, limbs of trees strained to receive
Forget-me-not bouquets, though many called them wreaths
Of all the seasons Winter always tells the fewest lies
And on snowy days I’d slowly fade in folds of bridal white

Can a love start in a bloodless heart
Can it shelter my life in its shade
Will no one tell me why I was fated to die
The night before my wedding day?

On my wedding night, I lingered long but lay alone
No hint of morning light, no dew upon the lawn
There’s a wilderness within these walls
This box of cold unanswered calls
Desire lives on, survives the form,
It will never feel the dawn

Now my wedding gown is on a scarecrow in a field
won’t you take it down and lay it by my grave concealed
of all the seasons winter always tells the fewest lies
and on snowy days I slowly fade beneath folds of bridal white

Can a love start in a bloodless heart
Can it shelter my life in its shade
Will no one tell me why I was fated to die
The night before my wedding day?
Track Name: Crying Beast
Crying beast frets and moans
in this house that once was home
the floorboards sulk; the windows cry
you and I turn a blind eye, a blind eye

I'm shrinking as you grow;
they have taken all we know
my hand in yours like scattered seeds
broken love fed by need

Beware of the ones, the ones that come
into your home unbidden, they will always be forgiven
No matter what they do.

Like a fading bell tenderness rings
Shared past and the grief it brings
And the grief that it brings

I'm shrinking as you grow; they have taken all we know
my hand in yours like scattered seeds
broken love fed by need
Track Name: One Winter Evening
Silence will follow pride
And last words catch the light

And when no words remain
And when no words remain

We read lines in hands known so long
For this is a song we dare not hum

Sleeves fray with each heart beat
And imprints fade like night streets

And when no words remain
And when no words remain

We read lines in hands known so long
For this is a song we dare not hum