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Mirry

Mirry

Mirry

Released: 11th December 2020

Dinked LP£21.99Out of Stock


Dinked Edition Number 85
Exclusive ‘Smoke and Light’ colour vinyl.
Exclusive alternate sleeve artwork.
Exclusive and numbered A4 Risograph print.
Limited to just 500
Includes a sixteen page booklet of archive images.

The discovery and musical re-imagining of Mirabel Lomer – an
artist’s unheard world which is emerging from the shadows into
the light. Mirry is one of those rare projects where the story seems so
absolutely magical, that it’s almost impossible to imagine
such beauty being lost in the shadows for so long.
30 years ago, Edinburgh based musician Tom Fraser was helping
with the house clearance after his grandfather’s death and
found an old scratched Transco record left out on the street.
He took it home where it sat on a shelf for years until one
day during lockdown, he gave it a play - and a whole world

opened up to him - his Great Aunt Mirry had recorded a number
of piano compositions which she had kept secret from her
family. Since then, Tom has been re-working and re-mixing her
compositions with his brother-in- law Simon Tong (The Verve,
The Good the Bad and the Queen, and The Magnetic North) and
together with project curator Kirsteen McNish they hope that
this secret life will now reach beyond Mirry’s own four walls.
Mirabel Lomer was born in 1906 to a military family and for
the best part of her life stayed at home in Ireland looking
after her elderly parents. In the early 1950s she became a
paid companion to another elderly couple in Wiltshire, both of
whom she nursed until they died. While most of her life was
spent caring for others it also transpired that Mirry had
written music (despite the fact that as a young woman, her
father actively discouraged her playing music in the family
home). In quiet rebellion and creative escape, she composed
this piano music secretly and her nephew and confidant
Geoffrey captured it on his tape recorder.
Like untold numbers of women whose creative lives didnt find
an outlet, Mirry never received any accolades for her work but
enjoyed the act of creating work for herself. She died in the
1980s but the story of Mirry’s music and secret life is still
unfolding.
The resulting album “Mirry” by Fraser and Tong is a
celebration of Mirry’s work and a call and response to her
original recordings with her family members – almost as if she
were still in a room with them.
Since then Tong has retrieved whatever else he could find in
the family attic. Hundreds of Stereoscopic slides, super-8
films, photography, stories, poetry and further recordings
were found, all recorded by her nephew, (now in his nineties)
who believes Mirry would be delighted that her work would be
heard many years down the line.
Tong said “This project hopes to shine a light on carers, and
how ones creative work can live on and continue to reverberate
and evolve long after it’s original conception”