Internationally-acclaimed Songwriter,
Performer and Recording Artist
from County Durham, England

Gary Miller Songs

"As a song poet there are few in the world today to match him"
Green Man Review, USA

From Coalfield to Battlefield

'From Coalfield to Battlefield' is Gary's forthcoming album of songs based on true stories of The Durham Light Infantry...

In October 2017, Gary was approached by the DLI Research and Study Centre at Seven Hills, Spennymoor, County Durham, England, asking for permission to use his song 'The Durham Light Infantry' in 'When the Bugle Calls', a travelling exhibition about the music of The Durham Light Infantry.


‘The Durham Light Infantry’ was only the second song Gary ever wrote for The Whisky Priests back in 1985 (it was eventually recorded and released as the final track on the band’s debut album ‘Nee Gud Luck’ in 1989).


Gary made the important decision to revisit this old song and bring it more up-to-date with revised lyrics and a brand new arrangement for brass. Working with his regular producer Iain Petrie at Awake Music!, a brass arrangement was created and a complete score, written by Iain and professional music scorer Sam Lord was presented by Gary to the Ferryhill Town Band, who took up the challenge of performing the piece specially for the project.


In the meantime, Gary presented another song, 'Euphonium and Cornet', to the DLI Research and Study Centre for consideration, which led to further songs being commissioned, including : -


  • 'Euphonium and Cornet’, a personal song telling the fascinating tale of Gary’s great-uncles Joe and George Mains, Colliery bandsmen as well as DLI Bandsman during WW2.




In addition, Gary's creative partner, artist, illustrator and graphic designer Helen Temperley (Winkin Bitsy) was commissioned to produce artwork for each of the songs.

This initial batch of four songs were recorded in November 2017 at Awake Music!, produced by Iain Petrie.

Following the theme of true stories of individuals connected with the Durham Light Infantry, as presented in the above songs, Gary and Helen gave themselves the challenge of expanding the project into a full album and deluxe book of illustrations, lyrics and accompanying text (in a similar vein to 'Mad Martins'), drawing on further personal stories of their own family members, friends' family histories and other stories, throwing themselves passionately into the project throughout 2018.

The original version of 'The Durham Light Infantry'
written by Gary in 1985 and recorded by The Whisky Priests
for the band's debut album 'Nee Gud Luck' in 1989

 
 

The Songs

 

'The Durham Light Infantry' - 1st Single - CD & Downlaod [with Ferryhill Town Band]

The first advance release from 'From Coalfield to Battlefield' is : -


Gary Miller & The Ferryhill Town Band 'The Durham Light Infantry'


The backing track by Ferryhill Town Band was recorded live at Mainsforth and District Institute, Ferryhill, on 28th November 2017. Gary added lead vocals at Awake Music! Studio, Spittal, on 30th November. The sessions were engineered and produced by Gary's regular producer Iain Petrie.


Illustration by Helen Temperley.


Lyrics and further information

Gary Miller & Ferryhill Town Band 'The Durham Light Infantry'
official promotional video with lyrics.

Ferryhill Town Band running through 'The Durham Light Infantry'
at the backing track recording session
at Mainsforth and District Institute, Ferryhill, on 28th November 2017.

 

'Ballad of Lance-Sergeant William Stones' - 2nd Single - Download only

The second advance release from 'From Coalfield to Battlefield' is : -


Gary Miller 'Ballad of Lance-Sergeant William Stones'


The song, featuring Gary solo on vocal and acoustic guitar, was recorded live at Awake Music! Studio, Spittal, in October 2017. The session was engineered and produced by Gary's regular producer Iain Petrie.


Illustration by Helen Temperley.


Lyrics and further information

Gary Miller 'Ballad of Lance-Sergeant William Stones'
official promotional video with lyrics.

 

'Euphonium and Cornet' - 3rd Single - Download only

The third advance release from 'From Coalfield to Battlefield' is : -


Gary Miller 'Euphonium and Cornet'


The song was recorded at Awake Music! Studio, Spittal, in October 2017. The session was engineered and produced by Gary's regular producer Iain Petrie.


Illustration by Helen Temperley.


Lyrics and further information

 

'The Final Letter of Jimmy Durham' - 4th Single - Download only

The fourth advance release from 'From Coalfield to Battlefield' is : -


Gary Miller 'The Final Letter of Jimmy Durham'


The song was recorded at Awake Music! Studio, Spittal, in October 2017. The session was engineered and produced by Gary's regular producer Iain Petrie. 


Illustration by Helen Temperley.


Lyrics and further information

 

Additional songs (coming soon) include : -

'The Battle of the Tennis Court'

The story of Helen's grandfather, Sergeant Wilfred 'Pip' Temperley, who served in the 2nd DLI Regiment during World War 2, taking part in the forgotten yet decisive Battle of Kohima (aka the 'Stalingrad of the East'), including the part famously known as the 'Battle of the Tennis Court'.

Illustration by Helen Temperley.

 

'When the Bugle Calls' - The Exhibition

'When the Bugle Calls' is a year-long touring exhibition, featuring sounds and objects from the DLI Collection, starting at Bishop Auckland Town Hall in December 2017. After 4 months there, the exhibition will visit several other venues throughout different parts of the County Durham region.


Telling the story of the Music of the Durham Light Infantry, a section of the exhibtion is devoted to The Whisky Priests and Gary and Helen's own contributions to the project. Furthermore, recordings of two of Gary's songs, 'The Durham Light Infantry' (featuring Ferryhill Town Band) and 'Euphonium and Cornet', were chosen to be included on listening posts at the exhibition.

 

'When the Bugle Calls' - Launch Event

The launch event for 'When the Bugle Calls' was held at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on 5th December 2017. Accompanied by musician friends Mick Tyas on bouzouki and backing vocals, Iain Petrie on bass and backing vocals and Jake Lucas on drums, Gary performed the four songs he had written for the project to date, as well as a fifth song, 'The Boys of Durham' (a pub song written by a soldier of the DLI during World War 1) featuring Mick on lead vocals, to an invited audience of V.I.P. guests. Two members of Ferryhill Town Band, Steven King (euphonium) and Andrew Potts (cornet) also joined Gary on stage for 'Euphonium and Cornet'.


"Thank you very much for your contribution and the work of Helen, Iain and the rest of the team. The performance was fantastic and we were very pleased to include your story in our exhibition and document your story as part of our DLI history." (Gillian Kirkbride, Museums, Heritage and Collections Manager - Growing and Learning)

 

Gary performing 'Ballad of Lance-Sergeant William Stones'
live at the 'When the Bugle Calls' Launch Event,
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, County Durham, England, 5th December 2017.

Gary Miller & Friends performing 'Euphonium and Cornet'
live at the 'When the live at the 'When the Bugle Calls' Launch Event,
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, County Durham, England, 5th December 2017.

 
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