A Harefield musician has made an album of songs inspires by his home town.

The Harefield Sessions, by Vernon Stanbridge, is based on places, people and historic events that happened in the village.

“When I moved here I started exploring the area with its beautiful canal, lakes and woodlands, and this provided my initial inspiration,” explained Mr Stanbridge.

“I was also intrigued by the local legend of Black Jack’s Mill and of Black Jack who was cruel to his donkey and I put the story into song, among others.

“This is not my first album, I have made several others often with a story telling theme.

“My album of 2012 titled The Puple Robe, for example, relates the story of the Easter events.

The 65-year-old plays the 12-stringed acoustic guitar and harmonica.

“I was bought my first guitar when I was eight-years-old and have been playing ever since,” he said.

Mr Stanbridge has lived in Park Lane for three years with his wife.

Vernon Stanbridge a musician from Harefield who has made his own album
 

“I like the village feel that Harefield still has and the fact that a lot of people have lived here for a long time,” he said.

“There is a strong sense of community here.

“We have found that local people are friendly and chatty.

“And I especially like that I can enjoy the country walks and at the same time I can get easily to the M25 when I’m travelling further afield.”

The album would be enjoyed by anyone who likes folk ballads and contemporary Christian music.

“I think it would have a broad appeal as I think it is easy-listening in style,” he said.

“My Christian faith is reflected in some of the songs and this may be of interest to local churches, groups or clubs.”

The CD costs £5 and can be purchased from Mr Stanbridge by emailing: vernonstanbridge@gmail.com or calling 01895 824419.