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Ashtanga Hridaya - The Album

Jack Stafford, Ayurvedic Troubadour

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My Favourites LP

Jack Stafford, Troubadour

A one off special release of my favourite songs. A mix of stripped down acoustic folk songs and studio produced epics available for free download.

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Cilento time (2015)

Jack Stafford, Troubadour

This album was recorded in the Cilento in the heart of Southern Italy. I'm very grateful to everyone who played on the album. Piera Lombardi (Vocals/percussion), Francesco Citera (Accordion), Denis Citera (Drums), Angelo Loia (Guitar). It was recorded in the wonderful studio of Tonino Valletta with all it's shiny valves. The songs are inspired by life in Italy and my lovely ball and chain, Maria Rosaria della Pepa. Long may she keep me here. (PS - Thanks to Francis Cassidy for the album cover www.thestrayphotographer.com)

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2012 - Lost Christmas

Jack Stafford, Troubadour

Covers of four classic Hank Williams songs. Francesco Citera on accordion. Antonio Fiorillo on double bass. And Piera Lombardi provides percussion. It was recorded and produced by Tonino Valletta at TVA studio, in Ascea, Italy. Tonino put so much time working on the sound of the recordings and all the quality you hear is down to him.

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The Troubadour Chronicles

The Troubadour Chronicles is a songwriting journal that records my experiences touring around the world. It's not just all about me though. The best songs are those about the weird and wonderful characters I met, and the local issues I heard about, be it building a wind farm or fighting local developers. It's also a record of the times with stories from the newspapers I read while waiting for a bus.

I travelled by bicycle, boat, train, plane and automobile. With friends, musicians and by myself. Around Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. Couchsurfed with over 200 people. Some of the songs were recorded on the spot, others later in a studio with more musicians. I'd like to go back and record them all again, but then the story would lose it's arc. I hope you can hear how I changed during the experience. Inevitable really. Negative sardonic songs came easy back then. Now I prefer a positive message.

The Chronicles is spread over 8 discs and last over 5 hours, which is more Jack Stafford then anyone should be forced to bear. I certainly wouldn't recommend listening to it in one sitting. Take it slow. As I wish I had done.

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This disc is the preface. The beginning. And in the beginning there was... a day job. The stick to the carrot of the open road. I had the full set... girlfriend, job, house, cats... they were hers. Normal life is tough and offers little in the way of compensation.

CREDITS: Andreas Langhorn and Patrick Fergus produced Every Day's a Joy and Viva la revolucion in Copenhagen. Kevin Wesley Williams and Chris Leggerie produced the other musical tracks in Philadelphia. Ro Halfhide recorded many in Amsterdam. And Simon Wallace from Austin played harmonica on City Life.

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The tour started as a lap of the states and Canada but afterwards I kept on going, visiting most states and seeing places you couldn't even find on a map. I ended up doing two tours actually, but for the sake of simplicity let's just lump all the American songs together.

CREDITS: Kevin Wesley Williams for picking me out of a festival in Dewey Beach and giving me recording time. Steini for driving me across Canada. And the hundreds of people who gave me help, places to stay, places to play. I can never pay you back but I hope to pass it on.

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These are all songs I wrote while I lived in Holland. I was there for a long time - 10 years - so technically this is an adjunct to the Chronicles. Some of them are recorded on an ipod way back. I like this sound best. Why do people spend so much on a studio?

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I have played a few times in England but haven't lived there since 1998. Still I know more about what goes on there than anywhere else thanks to newspapers and following the football. Most of these songs are inspired by stories I read on guardian.co.uk

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