From the Square to the Hill – Video

The first video from Darren’s album in Florence. Look at the miserable fucker. Buy the record and make him happy.


Thankful Villages Live – 15th November Bush Hall


Those of you who follow me on Twitter would have seen some of this project already.

It’s a massive undertaking for me. I am intending to soundtrack 55 British villages. I would love it so much if some of you could come to this first performance of Thankful Villages. A revealing of a work in progress. There will be films of the visits as well as the music and songs themselves being performed.

Tickets can be bought from here.

Nuns Run the Apothecary – Video

The first video from Darren’s album in Florence. Look at the miserable fucker. Buy the record and make him happy.


Florence – Darren Hayman


6th November 2015

12” vinyl LP / digital – Fika Recordings

Darren Hayman returns with a beautifully delicate and touchingly honest album simply titled Florence after the city in which it was created. This is his very first purely solo album, featuring no other musicians. It was written and recorded between Christmas and New Year at the end of 2014 in the Firenze flat belonging to Elizabeth Morris (Allo Darlin’) and Ola Innset (Making Marks). Continuing his habit of making incisive, observational and beautiful albums, with Florence Hayman has taken a back-to-basics approach, eschewing his recent collaborative, conceptual approaches for a humble and modest solo effort, entirely recorded and performed in the Italian appare

temento of his hosts.

Best known as the singer-songwriter of the phenomenally successful and much-loved Hefner, Darren Hayman is now 15 years, and over 14 albums, into an increasingly idiosyncratic career path, where he has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly. Darren is also writing the best tunes of his career; increasingly complex and mature songs, he is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter.

Hayman’s first two solo albums, Table For One (2006) and The Secondary Modern (2007), charmed the critics – with The Guardian opining that Hayman’s profoundly English songwriting was “the match of Ray Davies”. Mostly joined by his band The Secondary Modern – a loose, urban folk collective, underpinning Hayman’s concrete sorrow with rural violins and tired pianos – he has released a series of albums, 

largely focused on place. This allowed for the exploration of nuanced subjects in detail, with a trio of albums based in Essex (2009’s Pram Town and 2010’s Essex Arms) and culminating in 2012’s The Violence, a 20-song account of the 17th century Essex witch trials. From this he developed an album of English Civil War folk songs of the time (2013’s Bugbears) and stayed with the historical theme for this year’s Chants For Socialists, which saw him set William Morris’ words to music, creating an album of kindness and hope that brought Hayman’s most critical acclaim yet.

Florence is sparse and poignant. Tinged with melancholy and etched with heartache, revealing the very best of Hayman’s considerable songw

riting verve, this collection of songs shows what you can achieve whilst on holiday at a friend’s house, taking refuge in the winter quiet during the festive season.

PRE-ORDER FLORENCE FROM DARREN NOW. (Records sent out before or around 2nd Nov, get them early!)



Nutlets 1967 – 80 by Papernut Cambridge


‘As I’ve said previously on here, the most fun I have onstage and in the studio at the moment is with Papernut Cambridge. On this record I’m playing keyboards, bass, percussion and saxophone. Songwriter and head ‘nut’ has gone back to his childhood and recorded the pop classics that shaped his Papernut masterplan.’

Vinyl and CD set:

Transparent orange 140g vinyl LP in a white/orange/silver sleeve + CD version in a white/orange/silver wallet. Mixes/edits on the CD are slightly different from the vinyl versions. This set does not include a download of the album. Price includes postage and packing.


‘Broken Hearted Blues’ ‘(T.Rex)
‘I Believe In Love’ (Hot Chocolate)
‘What Ruthy Said’ (Cockney Rebel)
‘Jesamine’ (The Bystanders/The Casuals)
‘Sugar Me’ (Lynsey De Paul)
‘I’ve Been A Bad Bad Boy’ (Paul Jones)
‘Jealous Mind’ (Alvin Stardust)
‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)’ (Edison Lighthouse)
‘White Horses’ (Jacky)
‘Rockers Delight’ (Mikey Dread)

Nutlets 1967 – 80 by Papernut Cambridge from Darren (inc P+P)

Digital version here.

At The Cemetery Gates – a soundwalk through Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park


This is what I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. Music for a soundwalk around Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. … It’s completely free to download. Interviews about the Cemetery by Susanna Grant and Jo Morris and put to music scored by me. It would please us greatly if some of you did the walk with the recording in your ears and fed back to us.

Folk Lullabies for Children and the Childless – Limited Cassette Release


14 Lullabies from around the world, released on a beautiful limited cream cassette complete with download code.

All prices include Postage and Packing.

Buy the cassette with download.










Or buy just the download for £7.

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we can just see the sun though the fog on a good day. spaceship mark says that when the land is fertile then the woman shall be soon.

these are brighter sounds for tomorrow. your animals will rest when they hear them.

we have not heard the voice from the dome for two moons.

we dare to dream of future.

ep costs just 99p.

Full Chants for Socialists Show

Darren 2015 04 23 & 24 copy

For the first and very possibly last time Darren will perform the entire Chants for Socialists album with the choir and band at the beautiful St Pancras Old Church. 

Please come to this very special musical political event.

Tickets can be bought  here

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darren and emma seek sunlight. they hate rules. they make rules. they need money to nurse their baby rats. nothing will be good again. it can never be like before. but sister lives. where is spaceship mark.

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