The 10 track CD True Train is a delicate, gripping and poetic insight into the life of a mid fifties midlands songwriter; -a fiercely strong minded poet who balances the borderline of passion and philosophy. This conceptual album portrays a compelling journey through attraction and desire; from illusion to lucid dream. The collaborative work of Gillie Nicholls and Tim Harries, the concept is felt through sparse, atmospheric accompaniment ; -eighteenth century pipe organ, electric bass, acoustic guitar, bouzouki, electric guitar, whilst mandolin haunts beautifully, several of the tracks; -an approach that recognises the heart of the matter and pares away all else. Gillie Nicholls: For the last 20 years singer, guitarist, and songwriter Gillie Nicholls has been performing and recording her own songs. She released her first solo album, Spirit Talk, prior to joining the Albion Band where she co- wrote and recorded with Ashley Hutchings. After leaving the Albion Band to pursue a solo career she released her second album Vital Signs working with Neil Simpson, Steve Rodford, Andrew Cleyendert, and John Etheridge. The song 'Free' from this album was taken up and used by the Body Shop and Gillie's recording of her 'Song for Sonia', written about Rajiv Gandhi was acclaimed by his wife Sonia Gandhi for whom it was written. Tim Harries has worked in just about every field from Folk to Free Jazz. This dark toned bass player has worked with acts as diverse as Brian Eno and David Byrne, Katie Melua, David Holmes, Duke Special, Steeleye Span, and Hofesh Schecter (Israeli choreographer whose credits include working on TV show Skins). Tim Harries and Charlie Beresford met whilst working on June Tabor's critically acclaimed album 'An Echo of Hooves' back in 2002 and they have been recording together on various projects ever since. "completely transcends the personal into another realm; - brilliant." John Etheridge 'you start to mist over and the inevitable warm tears begin to gently flow down your cheek. Gillie Nicholls is singing Unopen, a track from her new album. Maybe it's the uniquely sensual voice - completely identifiable as Gillie's, maybe the heartbreakingly lovely tune, or maybe the glorious spare poetry that touches the heart of the matter; - most likely all of these together have moved you so." Ashley Hutchings.