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welcome to Pumpkinfield…

…home to cellist, arranger, recording engineer and music setter Mister Pete Harvey.
Pumpkinfield is the studio he built in Perthshire in which he writes, plays and records.

Mister Harvey is delighted to provide any combination or variation of the following services:

  • Recording facilities (engineering and production for full band, chamber ensemble, solo/group projects)
  • Instrumental arrangements (particularly for strings)
  • Cello and string sessions
  • Musician and session fixing
  • Music transcription and setting

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Lomond Campbell – Black River Promise

Debut solo album from alter ego to art/music collective FOUND’s Ziggy Campbell, with strings arranged and recorded by Mister Harvey, and performed by the Pumpkinseeds.

brp-sleeve‘the sound of the city transplanted to the country… bolstered hugely by masterful string playing and arranging… it’s hard to imagine music which more captures the feel of the autumnal Scottish Highlands more.’
★★★★ The List
‘a contender for album of the year… the string arrangements lift Campbell’s songs to new heights. This is an album which sounds fresh and intoxicating… bringing to mind other famous pastoral records such as Nick Drake’s Bryter Layter or Five Leaves Left, John Martyn’s One World or even a darker take on Astral Weeks.’
‘sumptuous, romantic strings, recorded by a ten-piece ensemble in a castle and threaded through Black River Promise like a noble, mournful chorus behind Campbell’s yearning voice.’
★★★★ The Scotsman
Album released on 15th November on Triassic Tusk Records, and available on CD/LP and download.

Deacon Blue – The Believers

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The Pumpkinseeds ventured south to Chem 19 a stone’s throw ago to lay down strings for Deacon Blue‘s new album The Believers.

“a soaring, expansive production with pounding piano and skipping strings” – The Scotsman

 

Modern Studies – Swell to Great

Modern Studies is a collective comprising Emily Scott, Rob. St. John, Joe Smillie and Mister Harvey. The album Swell to Great was recorded and mixed at Pumpkinfield, and was released on digi/CD/LP on Song, by Toad Records in September 2016.
“There is a calmness in its melancholy, a beauty in its blues. These are songs that see the mystical beyond the material, abstracted folk ballads awash in memory.” ★★★★ – MOJO
“a treasure trove of songs that embrace, and transcend, place and time.” ★★★★ – The List
The recent single ‘Dive-bombing’ (below) has been been aired on BBC 6 Music courtesy of Radcliffe and Maconie, and previous release ‘Ten White Horses’ by Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscoft, Roddy Hart and numerous others.

King Creosote – Astronaut Meets Appleman

astronaut-artworkKing Creosote’s new album, featuring cello sounds from Mister Harvey, was released on 2nd September and continues to garner effusive reviews. Mister Harvey will be joining the band on tour in January, and spreading himself across the bill with support performances from Modern Studies. “Astronaut Meets Appleman might very well be King Creosote’s masterpiece.” – the Quietus ★★★★ – The Guardian,  ★★★★ – MOJO,  ★★★★ – Line of Best Fit,  ★★★★ – Music OMH,  ★★★★ – Drowned in Sound,  ★★★★ – the Independent, ★★★★ – Uncut, ★★★★ – Q,

Twonkey’s Drive-in: Jennifer’s Robot Arm

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The surreal, sexual and slightly dark comedy play Jennifer’s Robot Arm recently ran through the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Written by Mister Paul vickers, with music by Mister Harvey, and a cast including Vickers, Ben Nardone, Miranda Shrapnell and Simon Jay.
 …works on …”several levels simultaneously with an impressive totality, creating a dark, demented, possibly absurdist comedy that alternately caresses and slaps you from all sides.” ★★★★★ – the Stage
 “Highly Recommended – Pete Harvey deftly manages Vickers’ bizarre songs that, whilst not using prog rock obscure time signatures, undergo odd key changes and have lines that don’t scan or rhyme.” Fringe Review
Keep eyes open for future performances…

  Paul Vickers and the Leg – The Greengrocer Vinyl album now available on Pumpkinfield’s in-house label Pumpkintone (PUMPLP001) in association with the Alter Ego Trading Company (download included). Pick it up at a gig or get in touch to secure a copy of this vegetarian masterpiece. **** the Scotsman; ****the Skinny, ****the List, ****Is This Music?

‘…cellist Pete Harvey is currently an ubiquitous stamp of quality…’ – the Herald

Here’s a tune – Chaos Magic:

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Best Girl Athlete – Carve Every WordBGA cover Released on Fitlike records, with string arrangements by Mister Harvey and performed by the Pumpkinseeds.

‘her voice… carries a shadow of melancholy that is often beautifully and emotionally counterbalanced by Pete Harvey’s cello in the string arrangements.’ – Herald Scotland ‘Katie’s vocals radiate and her lyrics impress, as soothing strings and piano elevate the music to new levels.’ – A Badge of Friendship

  From Scotland with Love artwork King Creosote’s soundtrack to Virginia Heath’s film From Scotland with Love (with string arrangements by Mister Harvey) continues to receive hearty praise across the board, and has been long-listed for the 2015 Scottish Album of the Year award. **** the Guardian; **** The Times; ****Uncut; ****Q; ****Time Out; ****The Observer; ****The List; **** The Skinny; **** DIY…
‘[Miserable Strangers] is the album’s emotional pinnacle, buoyed by Pete Harvey’s majestic string arrangements…’ – The Skinny
‘The Pete Harvey-arranged strings through throughout From Scotland With Love are one of its defining features, and the backbone of the album.’ – Line of best fit

 Emily Scott Stray Light cover…as does Emily Scott’s wonderful record for voice and strings, Stray Light, (engineered and performed on (as part of the Fell Down Trio) by Mister Harvey at Pumpkinfield)

‘…the strings are beautifully captured’ – Herald Scotland

Mister Harvey can frequently be found onstage, and has many live dates coming up, including shows with King Creosote and BEAM, and the usual sporadic dates with both The Leg and Paul Vickers and the Leg. If you would like to contact Mister Harvey, you can do so here. Mister Harvey has been known to provide the occasional amusing comment on Facebook, and would be tickled pink if you would care to ‘like’ his page.

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