anthony baden saggers - sketches from a minor tragedy

This album is dedicated to, and written for, my partner Ilayda Gonultas; without whom it would not exist.
Meeting her not only changed my life in one reality bending heartbeat, but also reignited my desire to express myself through music after not having touched the piano keys with any meaning for what seemed like an eternity.
Her beautiful, complicated and glowing spirit inspired me to create what I consider to be the most moving and honest work of my entire life, and this album holds a very special place in both of our hearts.
The sketches were originally written as gifts for Ilayda, one given every few weeks or so as I wrote them. It was only after some time that I sat back and listened to everything which I had made that I realised it would be a shame to keep such honest and (hopefully) moving music to ourselves.

When I listen to the album now, it transports me back to a time in my life which was equal parts tragedy and fairytale. A place in time I wish I could revisit, could live in again just for a day.

Thankfully, the music remains as a time capsule, a way to revisit moments past but not forgotten. 
If anything stands as a testament to the influence of this special person on my life, to the rewards of not giving in when life gets tough, and to the power of love in the face of adversity this album is it.

Rather than re-record the Sketches, I present the best of them here in their original unpolished form, as any re-recordings would be imitations of the pieces rather than the true and honest snapshots of memories which they are. 

Dedicated with love, to the Lady who made the World bend around her head, without even a word. If I could walk down that street again, I would do it everytime. 
Thank you for listening. 

Anthony Baden Saggers // Stray Ghost

The full collection of sketches can be found on the Stray Ghost Bandcamp page.


Anthony Baden Saggers 
better known as the man behind 'Stray Ghost'

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Sketch 3 – On Any Given Street 

Sketch 4 – The Cafe (and Time Stood Still) 

Sketch 5 – The World Bends Around Her 

Sketch 6 – Ilayda Gönültas 

Sketch 8 – She Shows Many Faces 

Sketch 9 – Good Morning 

Sketch 10 – The Wall by the Edge of the Sea 

Sketch 12 – What Could So Easily Be Forgotten 

Sketch 13 – The End is a Tough Place to Start From 

Sketch 14 – Izmir (The Rewards of Not Giving In)


Improvised Piano & Orchestral sketches recorded between Jan-April 2019


Dedicated to and inspired by: Ilayda Gönültas


All music by Anthony Baden Saggers

Except Piano 2 * Sketch 12 by Ilayda Gönültas


Recorded at Home * Brighton

Except Sketch 12 * Small Pond Studios and Sketch 14 Home * Izmir