Premiere: The Gildings - 'Sweet Lady of the Rolling Plains'

by DavidBeech
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on 01 July 2015 in Features

The Gildings is the moniker of Edmund Cottam, and like a gold leaf ornately offsets a frame of antiquity, or the wreath of a mythical immortal, the gentle strum of his guitar indeed gilds the folk genre in an extricating manner. Cottam retreated to Anglesey in to periods of self-exile and convalescence. Suffering from a thyroid condition known as Graves’ disease, he endured tremors, fatigue and severe anxiety in a cottage opposite an ivy-choked ruin. He experienced a spiritual connection with the poets Keats, who suffered with consumption, and Christina Rossetti, who like Cottam suffered from the same condition. The poetry of Plath and Ted Hughes also filled the hauntingly, empty, hours.


'Sweet Lady of the Rolling Plains' will be released on the 7th of August and is taken from The Gildings’ upcoming debut album, The Twisting Vine, due for release later this year.

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