The new instrumental album Rewilding by maverick English composer and concert guitarist Richard Durrant is a highly topical musical fantasy.
Led by Durrant’s guitars, ukuleles and cello, this uplifting and optimistic album has a sharp focus on the natural world and more than a hint of English prog. The joyful power of the track “The Return” and spiritual depth of “Leaf” suggest this is Durrant at his best.
The album is clearly inspired by the natural world and, in particular, nature’s ability to regenerate when freed from the worst of mankind’s interferences. Indeed, it was at Knepp Wilding project in Sussex where Richard performed a gig with a nightingale and folk singer Sam Lee one summer’s night back in 2018, that much of the inspiration began to coalesce.
Richard’s friendship with Knepp wildlife officer Penny Green and Isabella Tree’s wonderful book “Wilding” helped inform the album whilst birdsong, including the famous Knepp nightingales, can be heard throughout Rewilding (from field recordings by Richard Beason).
Production values are also sky high with Durrant recording on handmade valve mics to do justice to his collection of beautiful instruments.
A Gary Southwell, bog oak concert guitar, ukuleles by Pete Howlett and a 1965 Gibson SG (to name but a few) are heard alongside Brian Gulland’s bassoon and crumhorns – it makes listening to Rewilding from the hi-rez audio files almost compulsory.
Could this be his Tubular Bells for the Covid generation?
Durrant began composing Rewilding in January 2020 continuing throughout lockdown. As he says himself: “The world changed and so did my music”.