The new song by Joe Solo & The Hatfield Brigade was recorded at Central Club in Stainforth last Sunday. ‘Rise Up!’ will be released on Monday November 26th as soon as it is mastered, with all funds raised going to the DN7 Hardship Fund helping those struggling to make ends meet in the former pit villages of South Yorkshire.
As ever the session was total mayhem and the best fun you can have making a record. This is our third song together and every bit as shambolic as the first, but always one of my favourite days of the year.
The event doubled-up as a We Shall Overcome gig and thanks to donations from the choir we managed a fantastic stack of food, shoes, coats, socks and sanitary towels for the local food bank on top of TWO recordings; because as well as ‘Rise Up!’ I recorded Mick Lanaghan singing his own song ‘Farewell Hatfield Main’ which will close the forthcoming reissue of ‘Never Be Defeated’ released to mark the 35th anniversary of the Miner’s Strike. No finer way to finish the record than the voice of a true miner singing his own words.
You can hear Mick’s song here:
and the first mix of ‘Rise Up!’ here:
‘Rise Up!’ will appear on two forthcoming CD releases. First my ‘The Past Won’t Last Forever EP’ in January, and then the ‘Never Be Defeated’ reissue in March, so look out for those!
A massive thank you to all Brigaders past and present, especially those who made some pretty long journeys to be there standing in solidarity with us on the day; and to Lindsay Rutland and Pete Martin on camera duties recording the session in photographs.
The best afternoon in the best of company.
We march on.