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

The Butcher Baronet

'The Butcher Baronet' is a collaboration between Gary Miller, Helen Temperley and film company Lone Pine Pictures, about the mysterious 17th Century historical figure John Duck ("Durham's Dick Wittington").


Gary and Helen met with Paul Stainthorpe, Founder and Director of Lone Pine Pictures, appropriately at the John Duck public house in Durham City in November 2018 to discuss an unknown project that Paul was due to propose. This turned out to be his plan for Lone Pine Pictures to develop and produce 'The Butcher Baronet', a documentary film about the tale of John Duck. With Gary and Helen respectively creating new songs & pieces of music alongside a series of illustrations specially for the project, this is set to be an exciting cross-arts collaboration of film, music and art.


Coincidentally, just prior to their meeting at the John Duck, Helen had delivered a couple of art workshops with the Monday Art Group in Lanchester, County Durham, focussing on the story of John Duck. These workshops provided a strong impetus and inspired Helen to create an initial piece, 'John's Jacobus (A Tale of Durham's Dick Wittington)' [opposite]. They also inspired Gary to come up with a couple of songs.


Meanwhile, shortly afterwards, and in the space of only three days, Gary went on to write a further 6 songs and pieces of music for the project. A handful more quickly followed.


Gary's first batch of songs and tunes include the following: - 


'The Beer Token'

'The Butcher Baronet'

'Cloak and Hood'

'Flesh and Bone'

'Here's to You, John Duck!'

'Golden Journey: Through Air / Over Water / To Earth / On Fire'

'Hold on',

'John's Jacobus (Inscription)'

'Now I Dream'

'Shiny Thing'

'Top of the Hill'.

 

Helen's first illustration from the project 'The Butcher Baronet'.

 

Paul had previously approached Gary and Keith Armstrong earlier in 2018, seeking permission to use their already-existing song 'Ballad of the Little Count' (taken from The Whisky Priests album 'Bleeding Sketches', featuring lyrics by Keith and music by Gary) to use as the theme song for his company's debut project, 'The Little Count', a fascinating documentary based on the story of the incredible historical figure Józef Boruwłaski. Gary and Keith were happy to contribute the song, which fitted the documentary perfectly.


The highly-acclaimed film was well-received at its sell-out launch night at the Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham City on 30th October 2018 and has subsequently been released on DVD, available here


Extracts from the documentary, including the song 'Ballad of the Little Count', are now on permanent display at Durham City Town Hall.


Following the success of 'The Little Count', 'The Butcher Baronet' is due to become Lone Pine Pictures' second film documentary project, thus continuing what is hoped will be an ongoing cross-collaboration featuring a wide range of artforms.


[Watch this space for further developments as they happen!...]