We’ve seen a few articles recently with people using tools such as Google Maps to travel from the safety of their home. For some, it’s a way to usurp anxiety, to calmly walk the streets of a sometimes relentless world. As a better alternative, Jim Ghedi’s album A Hymn for Ancient Land sonically conjures up even more vibrant images of the countryside towns it’s representing, allowing the listener to hear, smell, and see the rolling hills and landscapes.
Jim Ghedi, from Sheffield originally and settled in Moss Valley, has an outstanding ability to reproduce a feeling instrumentally rather than vocally, a talent hard to come by in a time where music is driven heavily by compelling lyrics. While listening, one can read his album notes, where Ghedi explains his sources of inspiration.
He also uses aspects of traditional folk music native to the towns he sings about, such as the dancing flicker of ‘Cwm Elan’, written about the Welsh Cambrian Mountains; it’s made so you can feel the fresh river water on your face, feel the salmon migration down the very same river. ‘Bramley Moor’ tells of a town people with a drive to keep on living and preserving their natural landscape, despite the attempts of a fracking company to take over the land — the drive of the locals can be heard, not vicious, just kindly and adamantly working to save the land so dear to their hearts. And so continues the album, an amble through the British Isles, as expressed by an appreciative young man who dedicates his music to the landscapes he holds so dear.