Musicians Against Homelessness have launched their 2018 campaign with a beautiful version of James’ Sit Down recorded by the band with a string quartet conducted by Joe Duddell at Manchester’s Albert Hall last December.
The Musicians Against Homelessness charity was set up in 2016 by Alan McGee to raise the profile of homelessness through the medium of music, including a series of gigs arranged by volunteers across the country. Linked to Crisis in England, Scotland and Wales and Simon Community in Northern Ireland
To support their work please text MAH to 70004 to donate £3 to Crisis. Texts cost £3.00 plus your network charge. Crisis receives 100% of your donation.
MAH is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers and every penny raised is donated. They plan to run a series of gigs over two months in the autumn. Bands interested in getting involved should contact their regional manager listed below :
North East: Mark Elliot and Michelle Grancourt: firstname.lastname@example.org michellegrancourtMAH@gmail.com
Manchester/Cheshire: Andy White and Angela Moore: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Nottingham, Leicester and Derby: Helena Hughes: email@example.com
Sheffield: Rachel Brown and Kate O’Brien: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yorkshire: Colin Burr/Emma Rule: email@example.com
Lancashire: Jon Bamborough: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wales: Blaine Madgwick: email@example.com
Scotland: Stumpy Hanvey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Essex: Melanie Crouch: email@example.com
South West: Scott Edwards: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bolton: Lawrence Mahmood: email@example.com
Birmingham: Kirk Whitehouse: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staffordshire: Steve Hammersley: email@example.com
London and East Anglia: Emma Rule: firstname.lastname@example.org
Merseyside: Emma Rule: email@example.com
Any other areas, media and sponsors: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Booth told the official James website "Sit Down is a song about empathy so we are really honoured and happy that this beautiful version, arranged by Joe Duddell, is being used to raise money for the homeless.
"We seem to be living in times of increasing inequality where all the safety nets that my generation took for granted have been taken away.
"I don't know how a person can hold their life together if they don't have a home, a cave, someplace safe they can call their own. It is too easy for us to look the other way. Thank you to the kind souls who are running this charitable organisation for not doing so
Musicians Against Homelessness can be found on their website, Facebook and Twitter.
James' official website can be found here. They are on Facebook and Twitter. Some of the band - Tim, Andy and Dave - are also on Twitter.
We also run the One Of The Three James archive, the most detailed resource for information about the band, and the site also has a Facebook and Twitter page.