Fes­tive al­bum aims to help the home­less

The Sentinel - - NEWS - Aimi Red­fern­[email protected]­

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.

Pic­ture: Steve Bould

KIND: The Penny Dread­fuls fea­ture on a char­ity al­bum. Pic­tured, from left, are Ange Lazenby, Dan Lazenby, Dan Row­ley and Paul Han­cock.

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