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Interview with Duncan Gibbs

Sarah and you have been off the road for a few years now whilst she went off to train for ministry in the Church of England. So what have you been up to?

I've been involved in a tribute rock band, Deeply Purple, which plays the music of surprisingly enough, Deep Purple. Initially, I was worried that trying to emulate someone else's playing would be creatively limiting, but that's more than been made up for by expanding my technique. Jon Lord played jazz in a rock setting that helped define heavy rock.

Duncan

Having recorded the album Desire in a studio, you took the reins and recorded the album Freedom for yourselves in Sarah's Music Room. You personally were responsible for the recording and engineering of the album. How did you find that experience?

I've always had an interest in the technical aspects, but I found the responsibility quite daunting. It doesn't matter if you're working on your own and you set the level too high; you shrug your shoulders and start again, but if you're working with someone else, you need to get everything set up during the initial play through.

The new album First Person Plural is due to be released on 5th September. What would you say are the differences between the previous albums and First Person Plural?

The most obvious difference is the lack of guest musicians. This has in fact given us more freedom and allowed Sarah to develop her singing and vocal harmonies.

Once again you are in charge of recording the album. How has it been this time?

Sarah is very particular, but we established a routine early on. Different people have different ways of working to which the recording engineer has to adjust. This time I've been using a 16-track machine instead of an 8-track, which makes it a lot easier to add backing vocals. On Freedom, I was having to edit and bounce tracks on the fly, which requires a lot of concentration.

Duncan drinking tea

What have you most enjoyed about it?

It's always good to work on new material. For me, one of the most satisfying moments was playing the introduction to The Day My Soul Will Rise. The Appalachian Dulcimer is a quiet instrument with a sweet tone (hence dulcimer) that I love listening to, even if it's me playing!

Were there any frustrations?

It's been difficult finding times when Sarah and I are both available, but I think we've done a pretty good job despite that.

How do you hope that people will regard the new album?

As jolly good value for money! There are songs on it which been have played live for a while and which people have wanted on CD (Dear Beloved, Forbidden Love) together with some brand spanking new ones which people have just got to hear.

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