Taken from “The Myth Of Violet Meek” by Oliver Cherer, out end of September 2017 on Wayside & Woodland Recordings.
“There is a true story, about the hounding of some travelling entertainers and their dancing bears and how the bears were killed by a mob in revenge for an invented attack on a local girl in the woods between Cinderford and Ruardean. This is at the heart of the whole record.” writes Cherer.
Part fabrication, part reminiscence, Violet Meek is the girl in the woods. It’s possible that she was killed by a bear. It’s certain that she was damned by her reputation and with this Cherer draws on occasionally awkward memories of his own youth living in the Forest of Dean, “rumours and fumbling, burgeoning sexuality in the woods between the rivers Wye and Severn”.
There is also an abundance of dark wit and plain, old fashioned beauty in the mix, both of which are ever-present in Oliver’s other musical projects: Non-blank, Rhododendron, Gilroy Mere and more notably, Dollboy.