System Fault 


System Fault is Aidan's first solo CD. It was recorded over the last few years, and features guest appearances from some of Manchester's finest musicians including Jaydev Mistry (percussion), Bernie Murphy (vocals) and Jilah Bakhshayesh (violin).

Produced by Dave Connally (currently signed to Phuture Lounge with LTA), who also acted as sample supremo and played keyboards, the CD is a blend of styles from alt.folk to urban grooves via punk. With finely honed lyrics that fall into the songwriting tradition somewhere between Ian Dury and Ian Curtis (or was that Bonnie Prince Billy and Billy Bragg?), the subjects of the songs range from tender, off-beat love songs to cutting, comic, political satire.

"Aidan Jolly's music is passionate, accessible and an absolute inspiration to listen to. Catch him when you can!" Ann Nicholls, Raise Your Banners Festival, Norwich 2005

"Superb arrangement/recording, excellent lyrics...really amazing!"
Mark Pickard,



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Track Listing and MP3 Samples.


 Track Title

High Quality




Sea to the sky


How dare you (be so good)






Dennis the menace








Sea Song


I wish you joy



His songs grow out of relationships with communities and places.  Much of his recent work has been commissioned, often by people or organisations who want to explore notions of identity or place, or simply to tell stories. In this sense he is a 'folk' or 'world' musician.

As well as  performing solo he collaborates with other artists and groups on projects. He is usually accompanied by Jilah Bakhshayesh (violin and voice) and Martin Milner (guitar and voice). Recent highlights include:

- 'Terminal Frontiers' - a Virtual Migrants collaboration with five other artists including film maker Kooj Chuhan and Jilah Bakhshayesh, which toured nationally 2004 - 2005. A DVD and CD will be released in Autumn 2006.

- 'Our Town' (2005), a large scale commission for Ellesmere Port Borough Council, in collaboration with poet John Lindley. It used songs, video, documentary material, and poetry to tell the story of the town in the words of the people who live there. It was premiered live in Ellesmere Port's new Civic Square and will shortly be available as a DVD.

- 'Contraflow' - in 2002 - 2003, Aidan was musician in residence in Congleton, Cheshire. He produced this CD of nine songs about life in market town Britain.

Well Red Productions is Aidan's own independent label.