Track of the week

Hector Gannet – ‘The Haven of St. Aidan’s’


Making your debut song release just short of ten minutes long is certainly a risky strategy but For Hector Gannet this works magnificently. Their new track ‘The Haven of St. Aidan’s’ is an entrancing masterpiece…

Hector Gannet shape shift between being a solo project and fully fledged band. However, both formats are spearheaded by musician Aaron Duff. The outfit have been gaining traction thanks to a superb live reputation.

‘The Haven Of St. Aidans’ is a sonic journey, highlighting all facets of Hector Gannet’s sound. It begins with a lilting, ambient guitar melody as Duffy sings about the scenic North East coastline. The folky introduction then gives way to a crisp, expansive arrangement with lyrics shrouded in local mythology before finally settling on an ominous but beautiful crescendo. 

Of the song, Duff states “The Haven of St Aidan’s was inspired by viewing vintage archive footage of the north east of England, and the history of the coastline and the Farne Islands. Focusing partly on the religious heritage and also on the heroic story of Grace Darling. The song ebbs and flows somewhat, and its mood changes much like the sea, and culminates in what could be seen as the panic that may have gripped people on board the stricken Forfarshire during the storm. ‘We’re going to Big Harcar, so throw the buoy over!’”

Hector Gannet have a show at Tynemouth & District Working Mens Club in November which is sadly sold out. However we strongly recommend keeping an eye out for chances to see them live!

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