MUSIC GROUPS BAND TOGETHER FOR CHARITY CD
Festive album aims to help the homeless
MUSICIANS have joined forces to record a charity album to support the homeless.
The compilation CD features bands from across the area who have funded the production themselves to ensure all proceeds go to those in need.
The album was the idea of 44-yearold Dan Rowley, who plays in The Penny Dreadfuls.
Last Christmas he was a member of the band Tin Chapel, who released a single to raise cash for the YMCA in Hanley.
Dan, who lives in Penkhull, said: “We raised around £350 with the single, so I thought this year we could get some more bands involved and do an album.
“I run a recording studio so I know a lot of bands. When I asked around everyone wanted to do it.”
The Home Less album includes 10 songs by performers including The Penny Dreadfuls, Giro Junkie, Frank Sexuality and the Negative Emotions and Dawson Dean.
Dan and his former Tin Chapel bandmates have got back together to take part in the project. Last year’s charity single – Dusseldorf – features on the CD.
Ange Lazenby, who was in Tin Chapel and is now a member of The Penny Dreadfuls, said: “Last year we thought of doing the charity single quite late on and as we were selling it for £1 or £2 we were really happy with how much we raised.
“This year we wanted to do it earlier and get more musicians involved. The money will go to The Salvation Army Lifehouse in Vale Street, Stoke.
“They can house people who are experiencing homelessness, and also give them support and help with any addictions they have. They also help people to find a permanent home, so they do really good work.” Ange, aged 46, from Brown Lees, added: “There is so much materialism, especially around Christmas. It should be a time when you reach out to people who are vulnerable and need the most help. “We should do that all year round, but at Christmas people are more open to giving. There is a lot of stigma around people who are experiencing homelessness, but they are human beings who are someone’s daughter or son, sister or brother. We should help each other and Christmas is a good time to bring this to the fore.”
The album was launched with a gig by some of the bands involved at the Artisan Tap in Hartshill.
It is available online from Bandcamp for a minimum of £5, but music lovers are encouraged to donate more if they can.
KIND: The Penny Dreadfuls feature on a charity album. Pictured, from left, are Ange Lazenby, Dan Lazenby, Dan Rowley and Paul Hancock.