The Armistice Pals

Armistice Pals support Foundation for Peace

November 6, 2014 | Nick Taylor

To mark the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, and to support the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, we are pleased to announce that a wide selection of distinctive voices and musicians from the folk world have made a special recording of the classic anti-war song ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone’.

The original recording was made by Pete Seeger in 1960 and there have been many different versions since.  Not only does this recording include the vocals of many contemporary folk musicians, at the request of Peggy Seeger and by using modern technology the original voice of Pete Seeger has been included in the mix making this a unique recording.

Over the years the song has been produced in dozens of different languages, reflecting the fact that the suffering of war recognises no frontiers. The song was also chosen for inclusion in the funeral of Harry Patch, the last surviving British soldier to have taken part in World War One

The download version is now available to buy and all proceeds are to be split between four charities including the Foundation for Peace.  You can also pre-order a 4-track CD single and a very special 7in vinyl souvenir copy.

The Armistice Pals is a community, not just of the fine musicians involved but also of anyone else who wishes to be involved – even those of us who can’t sing or play but do love the idea and the music.

Folk clubs around the country are committing to Armistice Pals nights in varying forms the week starting Sunday November 9th.

More details to come but if you’d like to be involved in any way, get in touch – be an Armistice Pal. It’s not just your country that needs you – together we can work to make the world a little better.

What you can do

First spread the word and encourage people to buy this great piece of musical history.

Pre-order the digital download for £2.50 or buy as a gift – click here (you get one track now and three after 9th November)

Pre-order four track CD in an exclusive design cardboard sleeve for £2.50 or buy as a gift (shipping on or about 9th November) – click here

Get involved

If you would like to get involved, all you have to do is let us know that you are planning an Armistice Pals evening and we will add your group/club to our social media and marketing of the release – just nominate a date within November, for an Armistice Pals themed evening.

For example, songs about peace, anti war or the effects of war, and round it off with a group rendition of Where Have All The Flowers Gone – which if you record on your phone we will promote on the Armistice Pals social media.

If you would like to sell cds of the single, which will also include a poem by Peggy Seeger’s uncle, read by Peggy and another war themed song, please get in touch.

We will be doing promotion for the single on all the BBC Stations around the country and in many of the local newspapers and will mention your club’s involvement if we know about it.

So do get in contact via armisticepals@hotmail.com. We have a website with more information http://www.armisticepals.com/ and a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/armisticepals and a twitter account https://twitter.com/ArmisticePals

Artists

Releases 09 November 2014

Watch Peggy Seeger talk about Armistice Pals – click here

David Swarbrick, Judy Dyble, Linda Simpson, Johnny Coppin, Merry Hell, Lucy Ward, Reg Meuross, Jess Vincent, Ray Cooper, Flossie Malavialle, Said The Maiden, Eric Bazilian, Robb Johnson, Siân James, Richard Ryall (Littmus), Peter Robinson, Dave Mather, Kellie While, Kelly Oliver, Patsy Matheson, Gavin Davenport, Christine Collister, Ninebarrow, Luke Jackson, Peter Knight’s Gigspanner, Gren Bartley, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Edwina Hayes and the Armistice Pals Chorus.

By purchasing the download you will be making a valuable contribution to a worthwhile cause but there are many anti-war organisations who can benefit from your energy, spirit and belief.  The charities to benefit from the proceeds are: The Malala Fund, the British Red Cross and the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and an organisation seeking charitable status, Peace through Folk.