Video: Darren Hayman explores his next Thankful Village on “Woodend, Northamptonshire”

WoodendEnglish songwriter and former Hefner frontman Darren Hayman has shared his new single, "Woodend, Northamptonshire".

The single is taken from the upcoming second album in Hayman's Thankful Villages trilogy. Eventually, Hayman will have visited all 54 of the UK's Thankful Villages - a village where every soldier returned alive from World War One.

One of the poppier tracks from the upcoming album, the single was written on location in the village, then fleshed out further in the studio with a full band consisting of Hayman, Ian Button (Papernut Cambridge) on drums, Dan Mayfield (Enderby's Room) on violin, and Rob Halcrow (Papernut Cambridge and Picturebox) on bass.

Hayman says of the track: "Three planes crashed above Woodend in World War 2. Two came down but one still flew. I’m trying to imagine how three planes can crash in the air. In 2010 archaeologists found one of the pilots’ bracelets. A simple shrine and information panel over looks an empty field. Woodend is all gables and gravel drives. The Methodist Chapel is a now a house as they so often are. There is a neat row of green recycle bins outside a line of post-war houses. One has a huge ‘Help for Heroes’ flag in its garden.  Spring has just come to Woodend and Snowdrops, Daffodils and Hyacinths decorate the grass verges. I hide in a concrete bus shelter and collected together all the notes I had for Woodend. I strung them together and a made a list song."

Thankful Villages Volume 2 is out on Rivertones on 26th May 2017. Hayman has announced two shows in support of the album so far, details of which can be found below:

May - 26th @ The Horse Hospital, London

June - 2nd @ Centrespace, Bristol

Find out more about the Thankful Villages project on Darren Hayman's website, and listen to "Woodend, Northamptonshire" below.

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