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Casual Labour

by PD Liddle

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As the vocalist and lyricist of East London folk-rock outfit Dry the River, Peter Liddle is a musician who has a proven pedigree. In releasing their widely acclaimed debut ‘Shallow Bed’ (2012) and its equally accomplished follow-up ’Alarms In The Heart’ (2014), the band amassed a passionate and dedicated following.

Dry the River may have parted ways in 2015, but those loyal listeners can take comfort as Liddle returns to limelight with a captivating first solo venture in 'Casual Labour'.

Laced with the hushed celestial tones and nuanced lyrical observations that have always separated Liddle from his songwriting peers, Casual Labour delivers nine tracks of modern folk of the highest order.

Written gradually in the years that have elapsed since Dry the River disbanded, Liddle’s first solo release came together in his spare time as he turned his attention to a new career and began studying law. Taking shape in a box room in Bristol with vocals recorded in the early hours of the morning, Liddle was slow to realise he had laid the foundations of a solo album.

In due course, Liddle invited some old friends to a studio in Devon to flesh out those early demos. The finished article sees guest appearances and contributions from members of the Dry the River family including Scott Miller on bass, Patrick Pearson on keys, and Will Harvey arranging and performing strings, plus an appearance from singer/songwriter Matthew Reynolds (touring tech and "spiritual advisor” from the DtR days).

The resultant record was ‘Casual Labour’, completed in just under 5 days, with Peter Miles (Eliza & The Bear, Lonely The Brave) taking production duties.


released July 13, 2018


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Formerly of championed folk-rock band Dry the River, Peter Liddle moved back to Bristol, went to law school, started work and quietly crafted a solo album.

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