Soft the Sparrow Sings

Here’s a track “Bird Above Snake Below” from the album “Soft Soft Soft the Sparrow Sings” to listen to. You can download a free mp3 here


In May 2010 Jet McDonald cycled four thousand miles to India from the UK with a guitar strapped to the back of his bike with a bungee. The album documents a journey from West to East; from the perfect tarmac of France to the pot holes of Romania, the high Anatolian plains of Turkey to the meditative deserts of Iran and finally the bewildering carousel of India. The insert included with the CD documents the story of each song.

The tracks were recorded back in Forest Studios in Bristol with help from his musical pals, Finnish Violinist Virpi Kettu, banjo and mandolin player Jon Gillard, backing vocals Jen Wren  (who cycled with him to India) and Casio keyboard and bike pump from Alex Ivanovich who recorded the album. Standout tracks are 9. Bird Above Snake Below (3.25) and 3. Pedal Pedal Pedal (2.30)


“Staggeringly lovely songwriting” Venue Magazine

Jet McDonald emerged from the Cleaner Collective of folkish Bristol musicians which included Kate Stables (This is the Kit Brassland) , Rozi Plain (Fence) and Rachael Dadd (Broken Music). He has toured and played nationally at festivals including Fence Home Game and End of the Road. His band Jetfly (now The Woodlice) had airtime on BBC 6 Music Tom Robinson “Introducing” and he is now part of Bristol “Undergrowth” Collective alongside “Snails” and “Hollowbody” (Jarvis Cocker and Guardian favourites) and “Spiderbelly” (This is the Kit and Gravenhurst support)


Gigging bike tour: Fri 23rd August Bridge Inn Worcestor, Sat 24th August The Fighting Cocks Stottesdon, Sunday 25th August The Ragleth Inn Little Stretton, Thurs 29th August The Whitehorse Pulverbach (All dates with The Magical Bike Tour) , Fri 30th August to 1st Sept End of the Road Festival, Fri 6th Sept at “Roll for the Soul” Bike Cafe Bristol. Sat 7th Sept at “Look Mum No Hands” Bike Cafe London


Here’s the front and back covers. There’s a zip file of these here

Sparrow Front Image

Sparrow Album Back


You can access a zip file to download these and other high res photos here

Peddle Peddle Peddle

Cycling through Turkey

Songwriting in Iran

Songwriting in Iran

One response to “Soft the Sparrow Sings

  1. Pingback: Album available to order on bandcamp | Jet Sings Songs

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