Music about World War 1

As remembrance day approaches, two albums have been released commemorating the first World War.

‘Songs for the Voiceless’ is an album project aiming to bring some of the lesser known stories of World War I to light. This album will be about the people the War impacted: men, women and children, soldiers and civilians.

All profits will be given to the Poppy Appeal.

Michael J Tinker had the idea in 2012 of gathering a number of folk musicians from around the country to write and record an album to tell some of these stories for the centenary commemorations in 2014. Jon Boden (Bellowhead), was first to contribute a track, and, in the spring of 2014, BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy, Josienne Clarke, Gilmore & Roberts, The Young’uns, Tom Oakes and Ian Stephenson (KAN) all went into the studio along with Michael to put the album together. Produced by award-winning producer Andy Bell, the project seeks to give a voice to those from the First World War who have a story to tell.

Many of the artists involved have performed at Furness Tradition, and the album is on Pete Ord’s Haystack Records.

The second album is the re-release of The Unknown Soldier by Ralph McTell

Ralph needs no introduction here. The album is released on 10 November, and can be ordered from Propermusic


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