Recorded by himself in the attic of his family home in Hebden Bridge when still a teenager sometime between 71-74, ‘Fireside Stories’ acts as Trevor Beales’s long-overdue solo debut. Songs with a suffer-no-fools sense of realism that are defiantly Northern, yet also expresses a worldliness that belies Beales’ young years, accompanied with a sophisticated guitar-picking style.
One to file next to Davey Graham, Michael Chapman, F.J McMahon, Dave Evans, Bert Jansch and Jackson C Frank, as influenced by jazz, blues and steel guitar as any of the old songbook classics from ancient Albion.
“Ace Todmorden label makes a significant discovery on its own doorstep: a superb cache of 'loner folk' songs recorded in the early-70s by Hebden Bridge's answer to Nick Drake” Uncut
“as expressive and sophisticated as masters of the art like Michael Chapman or Berth Jansch. It's unfathomable that such a talent could go unearthed until now, but that colossal injustice is finally corrected” MOJO
“Fireside Stories captures a gifted and otherwise-forgotten songwriter in amber. Finally dug out of the attic and dusted off, it shines in the light of day” bandcamp