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1: Irish Ivan’s Spirit Song

I wrote this song in 1988 after hearing the song ‘I Forgot That Love Existed’ by Van Morrison on a late night radio station. I played it...

2: The Holy Hour

I started to write this song on the train between Dublin and Belfast in 1988 while on tour with the singer/songwriter Tanita Tikaram. ...

3: Winter’s Here Again

This music was written by Jo Clack in 1986. I added the words and Jenny Clements played the tenor horn. We originally recorded the song...

4: Rain

Rain is the oldest song on this collection. I wrote it for a girl when I was 18. She wasn’t that taken with the song, and as it turned...

5: London

Jo Clack set William Blake’s poem ‘London’ to music when we recorded our album ‘Blake Songs’ to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the...

6: Wings

I wrote Wings in 1989 and recorded it with Chris Fallon at the controls in Myco Music Studio. Once again, the master tape was so worn...

7: The Hook - A Docker’s Tale

I wrote The Hook after moving to Wapping and hearing the stories of the local dockers and their families. Jo Clack knocked the song into...

8: Ground Down

This song was written in 2004 by Rupert Orton and myself for the second incarnation of Gaffer Hexam featuring Orton on lead guitar, Don...

9: The Echoing Green

Another William Blake poem set to music by Jo Clack. We were asked to perform a selection of these ‘Blake Songs’ at Tate Britain on 28th...

10: Cornered by Ray

Jo Clack wrote the music to this in the mid-‘90s. I wrote the lyrics after a couple of encounters with a fellow called Ray Levine at...

11: I Ain’t Johnny Cash

I wrote this after a promoter told me he could triple my fee if I put together a Johnny Cash tribute act! I was dismissive of the idea at...

12: Prima Donna

In the late ‘90s I met up with the poet and novelist Iain Sinclair. I asked if he’d be interested in writing some song lyrics for me. A...

13: Sometimes

Jo Clack and I wrote this in 2010 and recorded it at The Cream Room with Rob Clydesdale in 2013. Jo and I first met at St. Mark’s School...

14: All I Care About Is You

I began this song on the 6th December 1988. I only know that because of the opening line! I wrote this for The Tender Trap. We began...

Spirit Songs - Track Listing

Here is the tracklisting on Spirit Songs - The Best of Paul Howard. Credits to follow. Irish Ivan's Spirit Song The Holy Hour Winter's...