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Rachel Parsons

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  • A beautifully packaged and high quality printed album companion booklet presented with carefully curated artwork designed by Annie Ball. Against a backdrop of historical maps that relate to each character, each album companion comes with full information for our Howay The Lasses songs and stories. As you listen to the songs read about the background to each of the women or organisations we've written about, linger over the lyrics and find out more about how we came to collaborate together. The package also includes a A4 poster from our photoshoot for the project taken on location at Sycamore Gap on Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland.

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Chasing wild machines around the hall
Growing inspiration as your father’s turbines turned the world
Childhood of inventions urged you on
Fired imagination and desire to change it all

Far ahead of your time
Iron will and sharp of mind
Pioneer beside the Tyne
For the women on the factory lines
And the engineers that came behind

Though grief and many setbacks brought you down
Perseverance brought you back to give a voice to those locked out
A woman's right to work and choose her role
Building for perfection, turning prejudice around

Far ahead of your time
Iron will and sharp of mind
Pioneer beside the Tyne
For the women on the factory lines
And the engineers that came behind

Oil Burners, hand scraped Surface Plates
With accurate machining rates
Company directorships
Some failed attempts at politics
A socialite in London groups
Founder, President, recluse
Singular in your pursuits

Cruel how your life came to an end
Murdered in a vengeful rage your legacy remains

Far ahead of your time
Iron will and sharp of mind
Pioneer beside the Tyne
For the women on the factory lines
And the engineers that came behind

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from Howay The Lasses, released October 18, 2022
Words & Music by Gareth Davies-Jones
Copyright © Gareth Davies-Jones / First Music Publishing 2022

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Howay The Lasses Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

The North East of England is rich with the discoveries, achievements and successes of women from all strands of life - from writers, and reformers, to animators and engineers. Some stories are known to a degree - others not at all. Musicians Annie Ball, Katie Tertell, Bronwen Davies-Jones and Gareth Davies-Jones have teamed up on "Howay The Lasses" to tell them out loud through original song. ... more

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