With a plethora of voices from across the acoustic spectrum representing the great and the good, young and the old, seasoned and emerging all on the same single this is a true community project. Recorded in the vein of 'Perfect Day' the Armistice Pals 'super group' have created a folk rock version of Pete Seeger's anti war classic, which has over 50 voices woven together, including Pete's step sister, Peggy Seeger. When Peggy heard about the project she was keen to add her voice to what she described as one of her favourite of Pete's songs. She revealed that it was Pete's legacy to get everyone singing and that to use the song to bring the folk community together as one voice and unite people with one song, was something that gave her great pleasure.
* To record a song which Pete Seeger loved, in honour of his memory, in the year of his passing
* To release an anti war anthem which involves a cross section of the musicians immersed in the folk world, all singing the same song, in this commemorative year
* To raise money for charities who support peace, equality and peaceful solutions to conflict
* To achieve radio play across the BBC Network and the community radio stations across the country/internet and hopefully be played/play listed on BBC Radio Two
* To ignite the interest of the general public regarding their local folk scene, to enable more people to enjoy a communal singing experience and encourage them to express themselves through song.
Commemoration with a difference – all folk/dance clubs and singers sessions across the land are invited to take part in a grass roots community celebration of the folk scene. It is spearheaded by the organisers of the 'super group' Armistice Pals, and is taking place during October and November. It is hoped that the project will draw much needed attention to the club scene and the unsung heroes who run them in order to help keep the circuit alive and kicking.
All a club or group needs to do is nominate an evening for Armistice themed songs within October or November, round off the evening with a rousing communal rendition of 'Where Have All The Flowers Gone' and let us know the date so we can add it to our growing list of clubs and groups from all over the country.
The single will be released on our Armistice Pals website on 9th October and as a physical cd and on iTunes on November 17th, with all proceeds going to peace keeping and anti war charities (The Red Cross, Malala’s Fund, The Peace Foundation and Peace through Folk). The grass roots initiative was conceived by Merry Hell’s manager Damian Liptrot who organised the ambitious project with Folkstock Arts Foundation’s Helen Meissner.
The single will be released on Folkstock Records.
If you want to take part in the biggest country wide club and singers grassroots project we’ve seen in recent years, please contact Damian Liptrot or Helen Meissner via email
Or our website http://www.armisticepals.com/
Massive thanks to John Kettle for producing the track.
Thanks to the following for lending their time and talents.
David Swarbrick, Judy Dyble, Linda Simpson, Johnny Coppin, Merry Hell, Lucy Ward, Reg Meuross, Jess Vincent, Ray Cooper, Flossie Malavialle, Said The Maiden, Eric Bazilian, Robb Johnson, Siân James, Richard Ryall (Littmus), Peter Robinson, Dave Mather, Kellie While, Kelly Oliver, Patsy Matheson, Gavin Davenport, Christine Collister, Ninebarrow, Luke Jackson, Peter Knight's Gigspanner, Gren Bartley, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Edwina Hayes and the Armistice Pals Chorus.