It has been a struggle keeping all the plates spinning, but the Autumn is finally coming into focus.
On Monday September 30th I’m heading over to Leeds to record two songs with the mighty Commoners Choir. One will go on each of two releases planned for early next year.
The first is a reissue of the now sold-out ‘No Pasaran’ album which will feature four bonus tracks including an acapella version of the title track; and the second an EP of Pete Seeger songs called ‘We Shall Overcome’ which I’ll be selling to raise money for just that.
And WSO is my next port of call after that. Thursday 3rd October I’m playing Robb Johnson’s Railway Roots in Portslade; Saturday I’m in first Leeds and then Wakefield; and Sunday it’s the annual Hatfield Brigade recording session in Stainforth. In between, on the Friday, Rebekah Findlay is bringing her fiddle to t’shed to sprinkle some magic dust on the recordings.
As if that wasn’t enough, on Sunday October 13th we’re assembling a very special choir of relatives of the Hull International Brigade volunteers to make sure their voices are on the ‘No Pasaran’ reissue too. I’ll be recording them on ‘To Die With Your Fist In The Sky’ and it will be a very special song as a result, as it nanechecks all their family members.
On top of that there’s Lithium Joe rehearsals…
Followed by some blinders out there on the road, so watch this space.
The two new CDs will be released January/February and then work starts on a 3CD compilation and songbook.