Open Hearts & Joyous Leaves

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Thank you to all the elders who shelter and nurture new growth. And again to the wonderful Amy Lowell for her inspirational poetry.

Enjoy this short film (2mins) of beech trees and golden leaves. 

Beech Tree


You are like the stem

Of a young beech-tree,

Straight and swaying,

Breaking out in golden leaves.

Your walk is like the blowing of a beech-tree

On a hill.

Your voice is like leaves

Softly struck upon by a South wind.

Your shadow is no shadow, but a scattered sunshine;

And at night you pull the sky down to you

And hood yourself in stars.


From the poem ‘Generations’ by Amy Lowell. First published 1919 in Pictures of the Floating World.

"Amy Lawrence Lowell (1874 – 1925) was an American poet of the imagist school from Brookline, Massachusetts.” Wikipedia

Falling Through The Sunlight in Winter


Adding a little colour during these drizzly grey winter months. This film celebrates autumn leaves 'Falling Through the Sunlight'. Just made it in time to catch these glittering leaves before they made their way to the wintery earth. 

Thanks to Amy Lowell and her beautiful poem for the inspiration to write and record this song.  

Falling Through The Sunlight


This afternoon was the colour of water

falling through sunlight;

The trees

glittered with the tumbling of leaves;

The sidewalks shone

like alleys of dropped maple leaves,

And the houses

ran along them laughing

out of square, open windows.

From the poem September 1918 by Amy Lowell. First published 1919 in Pictures of the Floating World

"Amy Lawrence Lowell (1874 – 1925) was an American poet of the imagist school from Brookline, Massachusetts.” Wikipedia

Ducks in the Docks and Swans Swimming


A short film (2m56s) featuring those fabulous swans and ducks from Bristol docks swimming to our song ‘Flint’.

‘Flint’ is now also available to listen and watch on our Vimeo page here. We hope you enjoy it!

The poem by Christina Rossetti was first published in her book Sing-Song in 1893.


by Christina Rossetti

An emerald is as green as grass,
A ruby red as blood;
A sapphire shines as blue as heaven;
A flint lies in the mud.

A diamond is a brillant stone,
To catch the world's desire;
An opal holds a fiery spark;
But a flint holds fire.


Music by Red Deer Sleeping

An English Breeze


In November we released our ‘Autumn' EP and made some films which were posted the following week to all of you who came to the EP launch. Thanks again for your support. These films are now available for everyone to watch on our Vimeo page here. For those who missed the EP launch we hope you enjoy the films. Here is the first track, ‘An English Breeze’.  

Happy New Year! x o x 

UP with the sun, the breeze arose,
Across the talking corn she goes,
And smooth she rustles far and wide
Through all the voiceful countryside.

Through all the land her tale she tells;
She spins, she tosses, she compels
The kites, the clouds, the windmill sails
And all the trees in all the dales.

(From the poem 'An English Breeze' by Robert Louis Stevenson) 

Steps Of Passing Ghosts video & an evening with the Undergrowth


Thanks to all of you who came to Autumn EP launch in November. It was fun posting daily videos to you the following week. Hope you enjoyed them too. 

For those that didn’t make the launch, Steps of Passing Ghosts music video is now available for all to watch. Click the link below. 

Tomorrow evening we will be playing at Undergrowth / Greenbank with the lovely Dan Everett. We’d love you to be there for this festive evening. We still have a few copies of our hand printed Autumn EP. For those who have left the physical world behind, we also have a digital version now available online at Bandcamp: 

In the meantime enjoy watching Steps Of Passing Ghosts.  

Festive wishes to you all x o x  


Autumn EP Launch


As the autumn leaves fall, the launch for Red Deer Sleeping's ‘Autumn’ EP is here.

We will be playing songs inspired from classic poetry by Christina Rossetti, Amy Lowell & more, as a celebration of this crisp & golden time of year.

EPs Hot off the Press!

A limited edition pressing of 100 EPs have been lovingly hand printed on a vintage 1950’s Adana 8 x 5 press. Each one is an original, and comes free with your entry ticket for this event.

The intimate launch venue is our favourite El Rincon Spanish Bar on Thursday 16th November at 7pm. Limited numbers so book early.

Tickets available from eightfivepress here:

Tickets for Autumn EP Launch

We look forward to sharing a cosy autumnal evening with you.


Welsh Mountain at Dawn


It may appear that the red deer have been hibernating all summer, but they have infact been quite busy spending time in nature, chewing over ideas, finding inspiration from the beautiful landscape, reading poems and making music.

Autumn EP

An EP is in the making for Autumn. We are not sure of the release date as there are still a few tweaks to make but we will keep you posted when we are close...


Bearing Witness @ The Square Club


We are looking forward to performing alongside poets Ananda (Stephen Parr), Gillie Harries and David Punter as part of the collective 'Bearing Witness' at the Square Club this Tuesday 27th June. 

Ananda (Stephen Parr)

has been writing poetry for more than 40 years, and has published two collections as well as 18 pamphlets. ‘Ananda’s poetry is spare, supple, questioning’ – ‘the beauty to be found in the simplest and most direct of words’.

Gillie Harries

is an engaging poet/performer, published both here and in Australia – has been Poet in the Pool at Bristol Lido, and is working towards publication of her first collection. ‘Fine poetry delivered with great sensitivity and clarity’.

David Punter

is a well-known Bristol writer, winner of various prizes, and author of The Bristol Sonnets and 5 volumes of poetry. ‘These poems remain in the mind, and in the feelings; an extraordinary emotional repertoire’ – ‘a remarkable range, from the richly comic to the eerily haunting’.

Tuesday 27th June 8:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Ticklets £2 on the door 

The Square Club
The Square
15 Berkeley Square