'Walk In Shadow': the new album from Ceri Justice. The Hot Rods, the punk poet & a family castle...
CERI JUSTICE – Walk In Shadow (Released 15th April 2022 )
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Born with a name that tips the scales, at last Ceri Justice delivers her follow up album to ‘Justified’ with ‘Walk In Shadow’.
“Writing these songs brings it’s own reward “says Ceri, “it is a labour of love”.
A singer-songwriter from just outside of Birmingham, England - an area which continues to mine a rich seam of bands and songsters. Ceri’s debut album ‘Justified’ was the start of a long-held ambition to write a consolidated collection of songs, which attracted great interest - but then came lockdown which scuppered the chance to go out and promote the release.
Ceri started penning songs when she was a schoolgirl and daydreamed about becoming a singer-songwriter. A keen collector of music and all things related, TV music programmes only fuelled this ambition as did the influence of many well-known artists, Dylan, the Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Roxy Music, Steve Harley, Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, and many more fired her imagination and desire to write and record her own material
As her record collection grew, so did her love of music and the written word, covering musical genres of pop to punk, country, rock and more besides.
So now, a with her latest album, ‘Walk in Shadow’, written before, during and after the strange times of this world’s contagion has kept Ceri focused on building a reputation amongst her peers.
Produced by Paul Johnston (who played all the instruments except strings) the title track is “the longest song I have ever written thus far?!”. It explores Ceri’s Irish ancestry, referencing hard times in the early 1900’s, and is a love song for her grandparents and a telling that includes Duarrigle Castle, built by one of the Justice Clan in the early 1800s, the remains of which still stand today.
This album has an unmistakeable and unique sound, contemporary, but with flashes of the Belinda Carlisle/Stevie Nicks Rick Nowels’ hit productions, including a new mix of ‘JCC’ – a song written for, and now featuring, the unmistakeable tones of one Dr John Cooper Clarke, originally recorded for her debut album. Ceri's first gig was at the New Marquee Club, unplanned and unexpected, taking Ceri by surprise, after she entered a competition for aspiring singer/songwriters and went through to the semi-final, especially as, at that point, she had never performed a gig! That was then.
Now, with ‘Walk In Shadow’ Ceri offers up another fascinating choice of song to make her own with the Eddie and the Hot Rods’ classic, ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ (Top Ten 1977) and - like her take on Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’s 1974 hit, ‘Mr. Soft’ from her debut album, ‘Justified’ – once again really takes the song somewhere you’d never expect.
Take a journey along with her and see where it leads you.