The idea is to mark the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of World War One by bringing together a wide selection of distinctive voices from the folk world in a recording of classic anti-war song ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone’.
Written by Pete Seeger back in 1955 and with additional verses added by Joe Hickerson prior to Seeger’s original recording in 1960, many different versions have been recorded in dozens of different languages, reflecting the fact that the suffering of war recognises no frontiers. The most memorable perhaps, being recorded by Peter Paul and Mary and by Joan Baez during the mid sixties and more recently by Dolly Parton in 2005.
There are to be over one hundred voices on the record, many of them well known personalities from the world of folk including Dave Swarbrick, Ken Nicol and Flossie Malavialle.
I was delighted to have been invited to be part of the chorus and travelled down to Merry Hell’s new studio in the centre of Wigan last Sunday for the recording. I was accompanied by Harry Robertson, who is a fellow member of Ruthin AllStyles Music Club.
Damian told us: “We would love to think that at Folk Clubs and Music clubs up and down the country, people will join together and sing this during the week of Remembrance Day – and, of course, for as many as possible to buy the record”.
‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone?’ will be released on Sunday 9th November as a download, cd single and a limited edition 7″ vinyl single, profits from which will go to the supported charities which are: Peace Through Folk, The Red Cross, The Malaria Fund and the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.
Full details are available via the dedicated website: www.armisticepals.com/