We found Dan when a whole gang of us played in a big line up of Ellis Island Sound. He was a music student and we were supposed to be teaching him, remedy he taught us. He has since become the longest standing member of my band, The Secondary Modern. Playing music with him is easy, natural and uncomplicated.
The thing about Dan is, that in a world of fake folkies and impostor accents, he is the real thing. He learned the violin playing with his parents in Morris bands. He knows folks standards by heart. I can’t think of anyone else that melody comes so easy to, he always underplays, he is always generous in a group setting. He sometimes pretends to be unfazed by music and that he prefers football. Nobody believes him.
I believe this song is about a Mayfield Christmas and is called ‘At Christmas Part One’. Dan’s brother Jacob will provide ‘At Christmas Part Two’ on Monday.
These are the credits:
Music and words by Dan Mayfield
Beat by Jacob Mayfield
Photograph by Mayfield Parents.
Johnny Lamb is 30 Pounds of Bone. There is something linking Johnny Lamb and Dan though I only just realised it. Like Dan, Johnny is steeped in folk, though justly wary of the word.
I met him when he interviewed me for a thesis on location in song and itinerancy. If you want to interview me, say it’s for academic purposes. It flatters the shit out of me.
Johnny says his song is a reaction to East 17s ‘Stay Another Day’.
Thirty Pounds of Bone – You Can’t Break Up At Christmas
– Darren – 9th Dec 2011