Grace Darling is a heroine of the North-East of England and the story of her brave efforts to save the survivors of a shipwreck has become a legend. In the early hours of September 7, 1838, Grace and her father William rowed through raging seas off the Northumberland coast to save nine souls. The song was written when the authors of a Grace Darling stage show decided to run a competition to find some incidental music for their production. (Read more.)
I was hugely grateful when legendary Northumbrian Pipes player Chris Ormston agreed to collaborate on the song. We never met. Chris recorded his tracks in Northumberland and I mixed them into the song at my studio.
To my delight (and complete surprise) the song was chosenas one of the six winners of the Grace Darling Song Competition and featured as intro and outtro music for "Amazing Grace" - a play about Darling which toured the North-East of England in the autumn of 2012.
The Grace Darling Song Competition, 2012
Video released : November 3, 2012. © 2012, John D. Lewis/Dawn M. Lewis/Coquet Shack (PRS/BMI/PPL).