Jim Ghedi and Toby Hay

The Hawksworth Grove Sessions

  • CAM013CD
  • Release Date: October 12th 2018
  • £12.99

Jim Ghedi and Toby Hay both make music so deeply entrenched in a sense of place - such as their homes in Rhayader and Moss Valley - that the landscapes of those environments runs through their records like gushing rivers or rolling hill tops. But what happens when one is removed from such a sense of place? Plucked away from the dark skies, savage weather and isolation of a Welsh town or the community at the heart of a village on the border of South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire, and onto an open road of hours spent in cars and dining in service stations, when life on tour brings about a new sense of place daily? The answer for the pair was to make a record about it. “We became really good friends during this time and have spent so many hours stuck in a car together,” Hay says about a self-booked tour that the duo went on together across the UK. When living in Belgium, Ghedi sent his music to Hay and he then released Ghedi’s debut album Home Is Where I Exist, Now To Live and Die on his label, Cambrian Records, in 2015. The pair, whilst both possessing distinct musical personalities and traits, soon bonded through their shared guitar virtuosity and blended exploration of classical and contemporary folk music. “There are so many situations on the road where you are waiting around and you have a guitar in hand. It was natural really,” Hay says of the beginnings of their collaborations. So they started playing in down time more often, as well as on stage. “We both realised we had something quite unique away from our own music,” Ghedi says. “Musically, at times, we’re quite different from each other and have different approaches. However it seems to compliment the whole when brought together.” The longer they played and toured together the more the pair began to think about expanding on what they were doing into something more than loose jams and on-stage collaborations, as Ghedi explains. “The whole thing happened very quickly and naturally, there wasn’t much of an aim other than wanting to discover what might happen between the two of us and two guitars.”