composer, pianist, teacher

Coping Mechanism

Coping Mechanism

Garreth's debut album was self-released on the 1st of January 2016.

 

The Story

 In June 2015 Garreth and his artist partner Anna Salzmann ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund a collection of Garreth's compositions featuring a series of artworks by Anna.

Just after the crowdfunding campaign finished, Garreth's mother - who had suffered from depression off-and-on for almost 15 years - took her own life.

The album was heavily influenced by this trauma, something that is particularly evident in the tracks 'Coping Mechanism', 'Waking at 2am to Grief' and the centrepiece of the album, 'Mum'.

Garreth subsequently wrote about the experience of losing a parent to suicide in a Facebook post that went viral and was re-published in the UK national press. This led to some work with Samaritans UK and an article published on Huffington Post for World Suicide Prevention Day 2016.

 
 

Videos

Coping Mechanism - played live

Mum - played live

 

In the Bleak Midwinter

 

Hiraeth: Philae

 

Black Rain

 

Let Down - Radiohead cover
(recorded to thank a supporter)