Mariner's Way

Susie Hodder-Williams & Chris Caldwell

As heard on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction. A combination of improvisations and duets using gamelan, singing bowl, flute, alto flute, bass flute, soprano saxophone and bass clarinet, exploring the mythical journey of the mariner, traveling across Dartmoor, on the ancient track known as the Mariner's Way.

Mariner's WayTradition has it that for centuries there has been an ancient trackway which runs from Bideford in North Devon and Dartmouth in South Devon. The purpose of this route was for sailors to travel between the two ports when transferring from one ship to sail on another, hence the name, The Mariner's Way.

As heard on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction, with broadcasts in UK, Belgium, Holland and Classic FM ABC Australia.


..a crepuscular meditation, often on the threshold of silence...the flute whispers delicately over a distant throb of Tibetan bowls. It's not so far from the restrained mode of John Surman's recent ECM solos...These are dark, serious mood pieces that seem to linger among the unoccupied rural corners of England's myth-sodden terrain. (The Wire)

...the flute and soprano sax float around one another sublimely...

While listening to this disc, I felt as if I were entering a calm dream-world, sitting on a raft in the middle of the ocean, peaceful and adrift. (Downtown Music Gallery, New York)

A beautiful evocative album that can work like a movie, a silent landscape documentary. (Radio Antwerp ****)

New, ambient soundscape music... (Dutch Radio)

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Mariner's Way

Mariner's Way

Susie Hodder-Williams & Chris Caldwell (2010)
A combination of improvisations and duets using gamelan, singing bowl, flute, alto flute, bass flute, soprano saxophone and bass clarinet, exploring the mythical journey of the mariner, traveling across Dartmoor. As heard on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction.
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...a crepuscular meditation, often on the threshold of silence...the flute whispers delicately over a distant throb of Tibetan bowls. It's not so far from the restrained mode of John Surman's recent ECM solos...These are dark, serious mood pieces that seem to linger among the unoccupied rural corners of England's myth-sodden terrain.
The Wire Rob Young 19/01/2011


This album is thematically inspired on the beautiful track in the now park of Dartmoor, where a route is known to have existed as the road between two ports when transferring from one ship to sail on another, now known as The Mariner's Way. It is half composed and half improvised music. The tracks evoke the silence, the emptiness, the loneliness, the breathing of the wind, the rhythmic edges of the elements of wind and water in a stretched landscape with granite rocks, and also traces of walks and stories. The music is often meditative often very descriptive. Mostly very quiet and slowly breathing, there are a few tunes with near-eastern flavour of improvisation, with a few subtle bowl droning or rubbing or tones in the background. On “Reindeer Moss” you can hear breathing with patterns of overtones on flute. “Beardown” with very long notes on low flutes recalling the large ships far away are combined with high notes, find a tune like within a lonely walk with a quicker step near the end. Just the last track with background voices sounds like an arrival, hearing people talking. A beautiful evocative album that can work like a movie, a silent landscape documentary with images with no further explanations needed.
Radio Centraal Antwerp Gerald Van Waes 02/12/2010

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