Jason McCrossan’s guest on 106.9 SFM Saturday Breakfast penned an article for his PeterTatchell foundation website and also the Pink Paper in which he states “Anyone who remembers George Michael solely for his music is missing the real importance of him” – he is human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell who shared his memories of George and a chance encounter before he was famous in a gay bar in London.
A newly-formed choir of 300 patients, families, staff and volunteers from 18 hospices are aiming for this year’s Christmas number 1 with a cover of “The Living Years” alongside Paul Carrack, who was also lead vocalist on the original 1991 hit – taking on the might of X Factor.
The aim of the single is to raise awareness of the hospice movement and amongst the numbers within the London Hospices Choir are twenty seven singers from Children’s charity Demelza who recorded their new take on the classic track at the world famous Abbey Road Studios and shot the moving music video at Clapham’s Royal Trinity Hospice, under the direction of top Hollywood film director Annabel Jankel (Super Mario Bros, Live from Abbey Road).
The choir was brought together to mark the 125th anniversary of Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham Common.
Volunteer Maggie Allen explained why she wanted to take part: “I was so excited when Victoria our music therapist told us about the London Hospices Choir and so thrilled to be taking part in this wonderful project to promote the hospices movement, its achievements and of course to sing together with other hospices. I volunteer at Demelza Kent because I really feel I make a difference to families by offering them massage, reflexology and giving them time for themselves in a caring, safe space.”
Lead vocalist Paul Carrack said, “The Living Years has been an important song for me for many years, but this is the version that means the most. Recording it with this incredibly special group of people for such a worthwhile cause has created some kind of magic. It’s a powerful and inspiring track, and I hope that everyone gets behind it this Christmas.”
Music producer James Hawkins said, “The idea of recording ‘The Living Years’ with this wonderful choir came to me as I was walking around the pond at Royal Trinity Hospice. The song’s message was reflected so strongly as I watched generations come together at a place of such serenity and life to share important conversations. It couldn’t be a better message for everyone to hear this Christmas.”
All profits from the sale of the single will be divided between the 18 hospices involved, helping them to support those reaching the end of their lives, and their families. The hospices include; Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice, Harlington Hosice, Haven House, Marie Curie (Hampstead), Noah’s Ark, North London Hospice, Pembridge Palliative Care Centre, Princess Alice Hospice, Richard House, Royal Trinity Hospice, Shooting Star Chase, St Christopher’s, Saint Francis Hospice (Romford), The Hospice of St Francis (Berkhamsted), St Joseph’s Hospice, St Luke’s Hospice and St Raphael’s Hospice.
‘The Living Years’ by The London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack is being released on December 16th. It’s available to pre-order now from:
Mr. Airplane Man is Margaret Garrett on vocals and guitar and Tara McManus on drums, keyboard and vocals. The band started in the late ’90s and almost immediately joined Morphine for a U.S. tour and recorded a self-titled EP with Mark Sandman (Morphine).
They have released three albums and an EP on Sympathy for the Record Industry garnering high praises from press including Rolling Stone: “Bostonians Margaret Garrett and Tara McManus are deeply sensitive to the inborn ache of the blues. But Garrett’s guitar is the real salvation. It cuts and swings and explodes, crying.”
Since re-forming the band after a few years hiatus, Margaret and Tara have been gigging around New England and Europe, writing new songs, and recording new material. In October 2015,Dirty Water Records released “The Lost Tapes, an album recorded at The Money Shot (with Bruce Watson of Fat Possum Records) in 1999 and had not been previously released.
Following their critically acclaimed second album ‘One Hyde Park’, which was released earlier this year, The Dowling Poole has just released a new EP, featuring a brand new never heard before song ‘Miles Checks Out’. The EP also features bonus tracks ‘Saving It All For A Saturday’ and ‘Getting A Licence’ which were recorded live in Manchester on the band’s acoustic tour in 2015. Full electric versions of both bonus tracks feature on the groups debut album ‘Bleak Strategies’, which was released to high critical acclaim in 2014.
The group are playing live, supporting The Wildhearts at London’s 02 Forum on December 17th. Tickets here.
Jason McCrossan brings a special extended bank holiday edition of Monday Matters which features 4 hours of the best of the music brought to you by the show over the past 9 months of the radio programme.
The show starts with concert tracks from The Feeling, The Police, Fleetwood Mac, Depeche Mode and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark to name a few.
There is then music which has just been released, to classic tracks dating back to the 70s.
London-based alternative Rock/Pop singer-songwriter Sir. O marks his debut LP release, ‘Forever + a Day’, alongside the release of a new single, ‘Lost’, taken from the album.
‘Lost’ is an alternative rock duet, performed alongside singer-songwriter Lir Shilton, who is also Sir. O’s other half.
As hinted in the track’s title, the song is about getting lost in the world, a well-known feeling we all share.The melancholic lyrics come across in perfect harmony with the vocals and peaks with the powerful line “On the outside I’m alive, on the inside I’m dead”.
On the show tonight we have reaction from another day of resignations – as Ukip’s the latest political party looking for a new leader – after Nigel Farage announced he’s standing down. Nigel said last month’s referendum result means he’s achieved what he set out to when he first entered politics.
The music news is after 8am and a survey out today says that one in eight cars on the roads in east London do not have insurance, according to analysis which names the capital as the worst place in Britain for uninsured drivers. Jason chats to Mark Chiappino is from Churchill car insurance.
The featured artist is Bill Withers who is 78 years old today. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007, his song “Lean on Me” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
A report’s been published suggesting replacing T-junctions with mini-roundabouts could reduce the number of crashes involving older people. Ian Crowder’s from the AA joins Jason after 9pm.
London-based folk singer-songwriter Lir Shilton is marking her debut single release with ‘Flower’, taken from her upcoming debut album, ‘Nothing But A Ghost’, mixed by John Cornfield (Neil Halstead, The Verve). ‘Flower’ is a slow-core alternative folk song, written about Lir Shilton’s beloved dog and lead by her classical guitar fingerpicking style and a soft downtempo drumming. Lir’s pure troubadour songwriting skills and soothing voice tells an honest story that immediately pierces the listener’s heart.
Monday Matters Reporter Bonnie Britain was lucky enough to meet up with lead singer and writer Dan Gillespie Sells from The Feeling. The band members worked as session musicians for several years before coming together as a group.
Their debut album Twelve Stops and Home was released in the UK in June 2006 and their most recent album “The Feeling” was released on the 4th March 2016.