Chaffinch recording artist launches debut novel – M R Brend

Ghostwriter - Dimensions





M R Brend has launched his debut novel Undercliff via crowdfunding publisher Unbound.  It’s a supernatural thriller set in the 1970s – and there’ll be some specially composed music with it.

As Mark Brend he has written five non-fiction books and contributed to many more.  His most recent book, The Sound of Tomorrow (Bloomsbury), which explores early commercial electronic music, was published in 2012.  He also works as a communications consultant in the charity sector, and occasionally as a music journalist.  As a songwriter/composer/recording artist Mark has released six albums under various artist names.  He currently records as Ghostwriter.


GHOSTWRITER – Mistaken For A Literary Man

Mistaken For A Literary Man





A new Ghostwriter compilation is now available as a download only.
Mistaken For A Literary Man pairs the four songs from the 2013 Chaffinch EP, Dimensions, with four previously unreleased songs from 2009-2014.

Featuring Tim Conway, Matt Gale, Jim Jupp and Adrian Ramsey.

Buy it here.


IMMIGRANT – Crayon Era 2002-2004. Limited release.


Crayon Era





Crayon Era is a chronological 20-track retrospective, charting Immigrant’s first twelve years of recorded work.

Exclusive to Norman Records and strictly limited to 35 copies, the albums come in hand-stitched, individually designed drawstring wallets, each containing handwritten tracklistings and notes, held within handmade envelopes.  The jewel-cased CDs each have their own hand-painted sleeve, using oil paints, with all discs stamped and signed.  In addition, each wallet contains its own exclusive, bordered photograph.

Purchase from Norman Records.

GHOSTWRITER – Morrow. New album. December 2014.







Ghostwriter releases a new album with Michael Paine in December 2014.  The album is titled Morrow and is being released by Time Released Sound.

Michael Paine is a writer and musician, based in the West Country.  He was the main songwriter for The Becketts, an early 90’s indie band that recorded two albums and a handful of singles for Bad Girl and Virgin records.

Ghostwriter (Mark Brend) and Michael met in a bookshop in the shadow of Exeter cathedral.  Their album, Morrow, references the mid-20th century British Writer Phyllis Paul, and shares with her novels an interest in the ambiguous territory between natural and supernatural. Deploying piano, electric and acoustic guitar, flute, percussion, glockenspiel and organ with musique concrète textures and found sounds, Mark and Michael create a cryptic English pastoral noir, drawing variously on folk, evangelical hymns, jazz, Debussy and Maurice Deebank.

Morrow comes in both standard digipak and special editions.  The special edition of just 80 copies will come as a hand distressed hardcover booklet, collaged with vintage photos, 1930s wallpaper samples, a mounted, hand stamped jigsaw puzzle, and a typewriter addressed, stamped CD envelope – all in a handworked, 7” square translucent envelope.  Shop here.

Ghostwriter webpage

Time Released Sound

Memorial Concerts for Charlotte Greig

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A varied cast of musicians and writers pay tribute to the work of the folksinger, songwriter, playwright and novelist who sadly died this summer.

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff – 30 November 2014.  Book tickets here.

The Tin Tabernacle, London – 5 December 2014.

Charlotte Greig – Studies In Hysteria. New album.

Studies In Hysteria






Studies in Hysteria, the first album release by Dr Freud’s Cabaret, is a set of songs in the voices of Freud’s early patients. They’re an attempt to enter the psychic world of those patients, both the famous ones – such as The Wolf Man, The Rat Man, and Dora – and the more obscure, like Rosalie, the singer who came to him for help because she had lost her voice. Freud himself also makes an appearance, with an ode to cocaine, the wonder drug he thought he had discovered. There’s also a song from Anna O, the first psychoanalytic patient, who called the treatment ‘the talking cure’.

All of the songs are based on the actual texts of Freud’s case studies, often using exact the words and phrases that he’d noted down as he listened to his patients – tales of chimney sweeps, white wolves in walnut trees, crumpled giraffes, lost pince-nez, waltzing women, caged birds, burning houses, blackened breasts, and fountains of snow. He tried to make sense of what they told him – with mixed results – but he was revolutionary in that he actually listened carefully to what they said.

The songs were mostly written by Charlotte Greig, some co-written with Anthony Reynolds. In an early stage of the project, they performed the set as a duo on stage. When it came to making the album, Charlotte invited a number of other artists, mostly based in Wales, to sing the songs: Angharad van Rijswijk (Trwbadour), Euros Childs, Jon Langford, Laura J. Martin, Julie Murphy, and Richard James. A small band was formed, with Charlotte on piano and clarinet, Guto Dafis on melodeon, Eugene Capper on violin and viola, and Julian Hayman on guitar.

A digital download or deluxe CD package can be purchased here.