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  November 2023 The Sea of Gratitude

Sadhguru says we are on the brink of a mental health pandemic?

I’ve found that gratitude is one part of the antidote to the low moods I sometimes have. My music is a companion for seekers and it's passionate about wellbeing. This EP The Sea of Gratitude, has five songs, The title track is new and the others are remastered versions of well loved album tracks. It includes “The Amazon” on love, “The Beginnings of Grace” forgiveness, Ascendance and “Birds Fly South for The Winter” on hope & resilience and of course gratitude “The Sea of Gratitude”. I hope you enjoy it. Please share with anyone that might benefit from listening to it.

  December 2022 Ayo Bamidele
2022 has been very good year interms of songs, hot on the heels of the album Lamplight comes this self titled gem Ayo Bamidele. Played solo acoustic all songs recorded in one take with no over dubs. Songs of matters of the heart Days Apart, Round About and Late Summer. Songs of social concern 67 68, The Pond, songs of life's journey The Beginnings of Grace and Sweet and Mellow.
  March 2022 Lamplight
There's Lamplight in this house my dear and it burns so bright for you......An album of 12 songs with vocals, guitar percussion, synth strings on a couple too. Songs of freindship The Golden Fleece and Tell Me. Songs of love, Falling of the Fall. Others, a mystery The Deep Soul Mining Company, Idols in the sand and Starlight. You'll make up your own mind about these I'm sure and draw your own conclusions. Did you know that in Yoruba Ayo means joy? One thing is for sure in days like these those times of reflection, the Tools of my trade are constant use these days. Hope this helps in some small way
Nesta Records March 2021 Ascendance
It would have been great if the last three albums including this one were a trilogy, The Journey, to The Citadel leads to Ascendance, that kind of thing. Maybe there are elements of this kind of progression in some of the songs on the albums but it was not something I set out to do intentionally. As with the Citadel I've recored this solo acoustic with no overdubs, I've always wanted to make music that's soulful and intense, and recording myself just guitar and vocals achieves this. It's called Ascendance, which will mean different things to different people I guess, the ten tracks are a mixture of light and shade, light in tracks like The Journey's the Prize, Good to be Alive and Ascendance and shade with songs such as Promises and The man who stole the Sun for example. It includes some of the best songs I have ever written, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Nesta Records Oct 2020 The Citadel
I decided to record this album direct to tape with no overdubs. Thanks to all the positive feedback to my lockdown videos on Youtube recieved, I decided to do the new album this way with just voice and guitar no overdubs or other instruments added. The songs are varied but there seems be a theme of going inside to come outside rejuvenated, stronger and more at peace, such as Days of Introspection and Tender Spirit Tender Heart. There’s loads of reflections and healing times in it. There is a track Daring to be free about freedom and the Black Lives Matter situation we’re going through. Matters of the heart on tracks like The Next Horizon and The Amazon
Nesta Records Jan 2019 The Journey
This album was recorded with many overdubs rhytnm guitar, lead guitar, drums, bass percussion and synthesized strings. It includes songs on relationships such as Perfection and the Streets of Room, spirituality, faith and religion on The Plan, Nobody and Providence Row. A song about the kind acts that are often given less attention in the media on City Doves. This album is a full of warmth and is generally optimistic and uplifting.
Nesta Records March 2018 Peace Love & The Urban Way
This new album Peace Love and the Urban Way comprises 14 new original tracks covering matters of the heart on Desire, Birds fly into your hair and Forest Fire, loss; on Somethings always stay with you. There are tracks of social concern like Shame on the USA about the Black Lives Matter situation in the US, seen through the eyes of a nine year old girl who witnesses the slaying of her father by the police, Stephen a track about intolerence and oppression based on the biblical story of Stephen.
Ayo/Nest October 2015 Friendly Sky
Is it a Friendly Sky we are living under? I believe so good usually conquers evil. And if we look closely enough there is a lot to be thankful for. There are songs here on this kind of theme, love, joy, compassion putting relationships above all the material stuff that often seems so futile. Songs like Warm Embrace, Fly Right and Friendly Sky to name a few. Performed solo acoustic this is an album full of warmth that you will cherish.
Ayo/Nesta May 2014 Tilbury Docks
The Title Track is a song about my Father immigrating to the UK in the early 60s and arriving by ship at Tilbury Docks. The lyrics follow a discussion between me and my Dad now deceased about his experiences in arriving in London England at that time. He never said much about it.......There are also songs about love, Love for all seasons, a better world Children of the light and Joy. Even an ode to 6 weeks holidays on Three Fortnights. And least we forget the great British eccentric on Only a Minor Prophet, travelling the towns of Britain in his Trilby hat, cape and platform shoes.
Ayo/Nesta July 2013 Reflections
Reflections a personal collection of ten songs. Performed solo acoustic, with very few overdubs. I would say definitely one of the best things I've done. A grower maybe but well worth the wait - you'll see.
  January 2012 Comfort of the Home
Comfort of the Home, covers nostalgia for childhood home life, matters of the heart on tracks like Cold Night in the city, This Thing Called Love and Strange Kind of Lonely. Metal was inspired by seeing some middle aged fellas pulling trolley looking in front yards for scrap. Mad Dog is about someone that loses their job so he ask a wizard to turn in him to a dog. There are reflective uplifting songs like Safe in my own skin and Counting Blessings.
Nesta Records March 2011 Healing Time
Probably the best album of my career to date with 10 new songs, featuring soulful and emotive vocals. Musically, it has used various acoustic guitar parts, synthesised strings and over dubbed backing vocals, to create his most accessible work since 2002's River Roding.
Nesta Records March 2011 Healing Time (Single)
For the first time, on 7 inch vinyl, with the limited edition single, Healing Time (300 copies only), also released 7th March. The B-side includes the track Joseph Fought an Angel which does not appear on any album, and a re-recording of End of The World which first appeared on the album Volume 2.
Nesta Records 2009 The Good Tom Shepherd
Solo acoustic album recorded at home. An uplifting and positive set of songs. Includes tracks such as The Carpenter, Love's End and Infatuation.
Nesta Records 2008 Divided Souls
Solo acoustic, includes 10 tracks such as Crimson Red, Free as a bird, Faith Love and Temperance.
Nesta Records 2008 Volume 3
This album includes solo versions of songs taken from the albums previously recorded with a full band Soul Sketches and River Roding. Includes tracks such as The Golden Rule, As Years Go By and Butterfly. Recorded in mono.
Nesta Records 2007 The Traveller
Solo acoustic album recorded at home. This covers all of life's rich tapestry life's love's, losses' and Joy's. Includes tracks such as Carry This Cross, Bliss and Count Me On.
Nesta Records 2006 Volume 2
Solo acoustic album recorded at home. Includes tracks such as Jericho, Slow Time and Two Arrows. One of Ayo's favourite albums.
Nesta Records 2005 Volume 1
Solo acoustic album recorded at home. Includes tracks such as The Wayfarer, Ordinary Day and Heaven to Come.
Nesta Records September 2002 River Roding
This is the album with the highest production values of all my recordings, thanks to Producer Roger Askew and Engineer Juan Lopez. The track River Roding is the pick of the bunch for me. Recorded with full band in the studio.
Nesta Records 2002 The Song Makers Project Volume 1
Brilliant compilation including tracks from Billy Bragg, Bert Jansch and Eric Bibb. Also Sam Genders' (now of Tunng) first release the haunting Never Die. Plus Buick 6 with Get Real and Brothers Falloon loads of emerging talent. Now deleted - what a shame. Still a few left on Amazon though.
Nesta Records 2001 Soul Sketches
I like this album, a full band recorded in a room. Like Music from the Big Pink. Nice ideas and songs still - Sold Out
Nesta Records 2000 The Place Where Love Is EP

This song, The Place Where Love Is, I did the arrangement the timing could have been better, groovier. - Sold Out

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