Gazelle Twin, Ela Orleans, Simon Fisher Turner, Luminous Bodies and Welsh Music Prize winners Adwaith are to feature on Help Musicians UK Charity Compilation to be released this Friday , 26 February.
Curated by writer Simon Tucker, the album features over 70 artists.
“A few years ago I curated a compilation album raising funds for the charity HOPE not hate. This was around the time of the referendum and the murder of the MP Jo Cox. Artists such as Chris and Cosey, Beak>, Datblygu, Membranes + a whole lot more kindly contributed to the album helping us to raise nearly £1500 for the charity,’ he said.
‘What with the current situation I felt now was the right time to try and put together another compilation only this time I really wanted the monies raised to go to musicians themselves. As you are aware the pandemic has put a stop to so many ways that artists can earn money and they have been shown no support by the UK Government which is not only having an effect on artists livelihoods but also their mental health which is why I chose Help Musicians as the chosen charity. They are an independent charity which aims to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians, offering a wide spectrum of support which includes: Health & Welfare services, Creative development funding, ground-breaking research, a mental health helpline for the entire music industry and an incredibly popular hearing health scheme which aims to prevent hearing problems that would otherwise bring musicians’ careers to an untimely end.
Music is so important to me and I want to do what I can to give back to those that have helped me on so many occasions without them even knowing it.’
Artists who donated songs for the compilation inlcude Graingerboy, Vinna Bee the Apiary, mylittlebrother, Blokeacola, Xqui, The Bordellos, Helen McCookeryBook, Alec Bowman_Clark, Dan Amor, Gazelle Twin, Luminous Bodies, Simon Fisher Turner, Flying Pyjamas, Feral Five, Ash Cooke, Rhodri Davies, Chloë March, Conformist, Eat The Sun, Sheer Zed, Ghostlawns, The Flight, Big Lad, Dorcha, Lower Slaughter, Radio Europa, Lippy Kid, Shamanka Phoenix and Human Concept, Ela Orleans, DXII, Future Self, Naisian, Dead Cosmonauts, Sun Cutter, Danni Rowan, Nick Hudson, Squires Da Gem, Wheeze Team, Blaktrix, UCNT, Culture Vultures feat Hollie Singer (Adwaith), Alan Morse Davies, Whettman Chelmets, Francesca Dimech, WIP, Amongst The Pigeons, MidLifeMix, anrimeal, Annwn (Otherworld), Ross McCabe, Spacelab, Sister Wives, Papur Wal, Sam Barton, Kidsmoke, The British Space Group, Silent Forum, Zervas and Pepper, Dan O’Farrell & the Difference Engine, Ya Yonder, SYBS, Adwaith, Los Blancos, Mêl, KIM HON, Accü, Ynys, KEYS, Tacsidermi, Santa Sprees, Breichiau Hir, Climbing Trees, Mathew Frederick, BLÓM, Walken400, Assasin of Sound, Edit The Skies, Winter Villains and more.
All monies raised go direct to the charity
‘And In The End…Help Musicians UK Charity Compilation’ is released 26 February via Bandcamp and is now available to pre-order via here.
Ela Orleans photo credit: Asia Kowalik