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Talking with Strangers
Studio album by Judy Dyble
Released August 2009
Label FiXiT/Brilliant
Producer Tim Bowness, Alistair Murphy
Judy Dyble chronology
The Whorl
Talking with Strangers

Talking with Strangers is a 2009 album by Judy Dyble featuring Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Julianne Regan, Simon Nicol, Tim Bowness, Jacqui McShee, Pat Mastelotto, Alistair Murphy, Celia Humphris, Laurie A'Court, Rachel Hall, Mark Fletcher, and Harry Fletcher.

The album features a near 20-minute biopic of Dyble's life ("Harpsong"), and is described as being in the musical style of prog-folk.

The UK release received reviews including being described as a "sophisticated triumph"[1] and was selected as HMV stores 'recommended album of the year' 2009 in the specialist music sector.

The first UK pressing featured the artwork of 1960s psychedelic artist John Hurford. This version is sold out and deleted as of December 2009. The second UK pressing (and subsequent releases in Scandinavia, France, USA, and Australia) feature the artwork and designs of Jackie Morris.



David Kidman wrote a very positive review in August 2009. Of "Harpsong" he writes "the experimental wyrd-folk of Trader Horne meets the nascent prog-rock of King Crimson head-on".[2]

Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Guest musician(s)
1. "Neverknowing" (Tim Bowness, Alistair Murphy) Dyble (voice) - Bowness (additional voice) - Nicol (acoustic guitar)
2. "Jazzbirds" (Bowness, Judy Dyble, Murphy) Dyble (voice + autoharp) - Bowness/McShee (additional voices) - Murphy (acoustic guitar, organ, keyboards)
3. "C'est La Vie" (Greg Lake, Pete Sinfield) Dyble (voice) - Bowness, Regan, Humphris (additional voices) - Murphy (acoustic guitar, organ, keyboards) - Ian McDonald (flute) - Fletcher (Bass) - Mastelotto (Drums and percussion).
4. "Talking With Strangers" (Dyble, Bowness, Murphy) Dyble (voice) - Bowness (additional voice) - Murphy (piano and Dynatron)
5. "(In The) Dreamtime" (Dyble, John Gillies) Dyble (voice + autoharp) - Bowness/McShee (additional voices) - Murphy (acoustic guitar, 12 string guitar, electric guitar, organ, piano, keyboards) - Gillies (Acoustic guitar) - McDonald (Alto flute) - Fletcher (Bass) - Mastelotto (Drums and percusssion).
6. "Grey October Day" (Dyble, Bowness, Murphy) Dyble/Bowness (voices)- Murphy (piano, organ, acoustic guitar) - A'Court (Tenor + Alto sax) - Fletcher (Bass) - Mastelotto (Drums and percusssion)
7. "Harpsong" (Dyble, Bowness, Murphy) Dyble (voice + autoharp) - Bowness (additional voice, electric guitar) - A'Court (Tenor + Alto Sax) - Murphy (numerous instruments 10+) - Fletcher (H) (Electric Guitar) - Fletcher (Bass) - Fripp (Guitar and soundscapes) - Rachel Hall (Violin) - McShee, Regan, Humphris (additional voices) - Sanchia Pattinson (Oboe) - Nicol (Acoustic guitar) - McDonald (Lead alto sax, flute, alto flute, Ukelele) - Mastelotto (Drums and percussion) - Paul Robinson (Electric Guitar)

Release history

Title Artist Label Catalogue no. Released Region Notes
Talking With Strangers Judy Dyble FiXiT/Brilliant FXTR CD113 10th August 2009 UK 1st issue, 'Hurford sleeve' First 1000 numbered, first 500 also signed
Talking With Strangers Judy Dyble FiXiT/Brilliant FXTRR CD113 Jan 2010 2nd UK 'Jackie Morris artwork'
Talking With Strangers Judy Dyble Tonefloat TF70 Sept 2009 Vinyl 500 pressed, with signed postcard
Talking With Strangers Judy Dyble Termo 25th Jan 2010 Scandinavian issue revised artwork, bonus track 'Fragile'


  1. ^ Smith, Sid (2009-08-06). "BBC - Music - Judy Dyble Talking With Strangers Review". BBC. Retrieved 03 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Kidman, David (August 2009). "Judy Dyble - Talking With Strangers (FX)". NetRhythms: A to Z Album and Gig Reviews. London: Net Rhythms. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 


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