Although I am from a rock,pop and blues background, the idea of writing songs about castles like a challenge. 10 castles and 5 years later I had my album. The research was a big part. You can write about anything in three minutes if you want and I sometimes do. But as I read and travelled Wales visiting my subjects I realised that I had to try to do them Justice, from the massive fortress of Caerphilly to the beautiful landscape-bathed Abergavenny, I found that pride, arrogance, fortitude,flamboyance,romance cunning and grandeur were just a few of the traits revealed in the stories of these stone galleons that have sailed through time to allow us to inspect them and dream. I chose the music that I thought would best suit the castles and I'm proud of the result.
I think if I had to choose one word that captured the mood of my album, it would be, atmospheric.
So, pour yourself a drink dim the lights and see if you agree.
Stephen M Nicholas