Following the Iraq war, Cathryn and Brian assembled a virtual "supergroup" from the UK folk world to record Cathryn's song, "Rumours Of Rain". Those involved on vocals included Harvey Andrews, Martin Carthy, Rod Clements, Bob Fox, Benny Gallagher, Clive Gregson, Nanci Griffith, Jez Lowe, Jacqui McShee, Ralph McTell, Tom Paxton and Steve Tilston as well as our own Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk. Even Brian sang for once, hidden away in the chorus.
Instrumentally, Fairport weighed in heavily with Gerry Conway, Ric Sanders and Chris Leslie, Rick Kemp of Steeleye Span played bass and Rod Clements of Lindisfarne played dobro and Lambert added bodhran. Probably the first time that members of Strawbs, Lindisfarne, Pentangle, Fairport and Steeleye have all played on the same track.
The single contains both the long and short versions. Brian and Cathryn had the process of making the single captured on video - the single has a six and a half minute QuickTime video documentary as a bonus track.