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Eden Burning

Celtic Folk Rock
Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

Eden Burning were a popular Christian band from Cheltenham led by Paul Northup. They originally met as members of Charlton Kings Baptist church, and were active within the Christian music community between 1989 and 1996. The band's name refers to the Biblical tale of Garden of Eden burning down after Adam and Eve are banished. Cross Rhythms magazine described them as “pioneers in the evolution and creative development of British music carrying a spiritual message.”

The band recorded three studio albums and two EP singles on CD as well as several audio cassette tapes and one video. There was also a live CD album, Smilingly Home, recorded in front of their home crowd at what is now the University of Gloucestershire. Subsequently, to celebrate 30 years of the Christian Greenbelt festival, they released a “Best of” album (The Hatchery 1990 – 1996).

Eden Burning toured extensively around Britain, particularly in the South and Midlands.[ They appeared at the Cropredy Festival in August 1995.

From January 1994 until Autumn 1996 the band produced nine issues of their newsletter, The Caper, with pictures, interviews, and discussions.

All of Eden Burning's studio recordings were made at FFG studios in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury with David Pickering Pick or for Brink, Mark Turner.

Northup later became general manager of Greenbelt Festivals Ltd..

Discography

1990 Thin Walls ffg
1991 Much More Than Near EP ffg
1992 Thin Walls / Much More Than Near ffg
1992 Vinegar and Brown Paper ffg
1993 Vinegar and Brown Paper Storyville Records
1993 Live • Smilingly Home ffg
1993 Live • Smilingly Home Storyville Records
1994 You Could Be the Meadow EP ffg
1994 Mirth & Matter ffg
1995 Be an Angel EP ffg
1996 Mirth & Matter R.E.X. Music
1996 Brink Alliance Music
2003 The Hatchery 1990-1996

Thin Walls

1990 ffg (FFG 303C)

Paul Northup – Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Neill Forrest – Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, backing vocals
Charlotte Ayrton – Harmonica, flute
Nive (Kevin Hall) – Bass guitar
Mike Simpson – Drums, percussion

  1. Help My Unbelief
  2. Thin Walls
  3. No Man's Land
  4. There Was a Time
  5. Where Did We Hide Him
  6. The Place I Live
  7. Do Not Be Afraid
  8. Things I Didn't Say
  9. Pictures Tell Lies
  10. Jericho Skies
  11. The Waiting

Much More Than Near

1991 ffg (FFG 306C)

Paul Northup – Lead vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar, bouzouki
Neill Forrest – Mandolin, electric guitar, bouzouki, backing vocals
Charlotte Ayrton – Rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, flute, harmonica
Nive (Kevin Hall) – Bass guitar
Mike Simpson – Drums, percussion

  1. Much More Than Near
  2. Midnight Sun
  3. The Calling
  4. Everlasting Arms

Thin Walls / Much More Than Near

1992 ffg (FFG403C)

A compilation tape of the bands first two releases.


Vinegar and Brown Paper

1992 ffg (FFG309CD)
1993 Storyville Records (7901420529)

Paul Northup – Lead vocals, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, bouzouki
Neill Forrest – Mandolin, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, classical guitar, bouzouki, vocals
Charlotte Ayrton – Acoustic guitar, flute, harmonica, whistle
Nive (Kevin Hall) – Bass
Mike Simpson – Drums, percussion

Dave Pick - Hammond, piano
Simon Hurl - Violin

  1. My Senses Fly (4:36)
  2. If I Go Up (4:01)
  3. The Reel of Pickering Pick (1:38)
  4. Speak Easy (4:22)
  5. Different Drum (4:54)
  6. The Weaver (1:44)
  7. Feel the Rain (5:16)
  8. Jubilee (4:13)
  9. Simply Breathe (3:48)
  10. Hold the Dream (3:31)
  11. A Little More (4:05)
  12. Untitled Instrumental (1:30)

Live • Smilingly Home

1993 ffg (FFG 404CD)
1993 Storyville Records (STO 5001)

Paul Northup – Lead vocals, electric guitar, 12-string guitar
Neill Forrest – Mandolin, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Charlotte Ayrton – Acoustic guitar, whistles, harmonica
Charlie Ingram - Mandolin, backing vocals
Nive (Kevin Hall) – Bass
Mike Simpson – Drums

  1. There Was a Time (3:45)
  2. The Calling (3:36)
  3. Much More Than Near (2:59)
  4. Alec Murphy's (1:04)
  5. Hold the Dream (3:14)
  6. Medicine Bow (2:47)
  7. Jigs and Hornpipe (1:59v
  8. My Senses Fly (4:03)
  9. Jubilee (3:45)
  10. The Place I Live (3:41)
  11. If I Go Up (3:47)
  12. The Reel of Pickering Pick (1:17)
  13. Working Out Tomorrow (3:24)
  14. Midnight Sun (5:06)
  15. Feel the Rain (5:45)

You Could Be the Meadow EP

1994 ffg (CD FFG 408)

  1. You Could Be the Meadow
  2. The Brontes, Alice and Me
  3. Forgive-Me-Not (live)
  4. Matty Groves (live)

Mirth & Matter

1994 ffg (FFG 405CD)
1996 R.E.X. Music (REX 41038-2)

Paul Northup – Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Charlotte Ayrton – Acoustic guitar, whistle, harmonica
Charlie Ingram - Mandolin, electric guitar, piano, backing vocals
Nive (Kevin Hall) – Bass, backing vocals
Mike Simpson – Drums, percussion

Dave Pick - Hammond organ, piano
Sarah Pick - Backing vocals
Jonathan Stabler - Cello
Jeff Spencer - Viola
Matthew Denton - Violin
Matthew Elston - Violin
Brian Blessed - Very loud bellowing

  1. Remember When (4:26)
  2. The Joust (3:58)
  3. Me Comfort Still (4:15)
  4. Sunrise (East of London) (3:23)
  5. Six Months On (4:38)
  6. Hey Diddle Diddle (3:28)
  7. Dependence Day (3:15)
  8. Forgive-Me-Not (3:58)
  9. Song For an Unknown God (4:16)
  10. Hem Me In (6:17)

Be an Angel EP

1995 ffg (CD FFG 409)

  1. Be an Angel (3:23)
  2. Like in Minds (3:33)
  3. Song for an Unknown God (live) (4:23)
  4. Hem Me In (Ambient remix) (6:28)

Brink

1996 Alliance Music (ALD082)

  1. Deep Blue Sea (3:06)
  2. Movers and Shakers (4:06)
  3. Stories (3:49)
  4. Almost Spent (4:05)
  5. Big Regret (2:53)
  6. Desire Lines (4:36)
  7. Another Country (4:13)
  8. With a Kiss (3:34)
  9. Wrap It Up (4:03)
  10. Western Eyes (4:30)
  11. Let Me Lose (7:26)

The Hatchery 1990-1996

2003 Independent

  1. Deep Blue Sea
  2. Hem Me In
  3. Feel the Rain
  4. Stories
  5. My Senses Fly
  6. If I Go Up
  7. Let Me Lose
  8. Song for an Unknown God
  9. Much More Than Near
  10. There Was a Time
  11. Hold the Dream
  12. Desire Lines
  13. The Joust
  14. Jigs
  15. Movers and Shakers
  16. Six Months On
  17. Midnight Sun
  18. Never Could Play the Guitar
  19. Harvest Home

Compilation Appearances

Mannerisms - A Celebration of the Music of Geoff Mann (1994 Wobbly Records)
07) His Love