I was delighted with the songs alone, but when I read up on it, I was thrilled. Matt Hill really made an event out of the recording and release of his latest album.
Quiet Loner is what happens when a political historian learns to play a guitar. There are instruments on Greedy Magicians which date from the 19th century. The sleeve notes are lifted from his grandfather's notebook written in 1934-5.
The album was recorded in front of a live audience, lit only by candles, in a church in Salford. The atmosphere permeates.
Audience members were each given a badge, upon which was written a name of someone who made a stand in history. They were treated to cakes upon which were iced current political slogans. It demonstrated how we are not divorced from our history. We're still living it.
My personal favorite, amongst his songs on Greedy Magicians, is We Will Not Forget. It's fundamentally a list of all that's to celebrate (or to continue the struggle to rectify) in the history of British protest. It reminded me of just how far we've come. It's a tune to blow away the cynicism and to renew the will to fight for a better tomorrow.
In the current political climate, such things are balm to a disillusioned soul.