Some photographs from the recent Veteran’s Music Night in Holland, where a number of WW2 veterans took to the stage to sing. The songs included Danny Boy, My Way, Are You Lonesome Tonight? and The Mountains of Mourne, as well as some wonderful harmonica playing and even the odd tap dance. With thanks to the London Taxi Benevolent Association for the War Disabled, and to Susy Goodwin for the photographs.
I am very excited to be working, alongside the taxi charity, on a pop-up singing event for the veterans during the Fun Palace weekend – a weekend of free arts, sciences and culture – taking place on the 4th and 5th October this year. Currently in discussions with venues, musicians, dancers and providers of beer! More info to come. http://funpalaces.co.uk
Just had a call from James Baker from Blackpool. A D-Day veteran – 92 on his next birthday – James was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his actions on D-Day. The last time I saw him was when I took him to see The Pub Landlord in Liverpool in 2012. On the way back home he sung a whole series of marine songs, some ruder than others. Despite his age and frailty, James is determined to make it to Holland later this week, where […]
I’ve just been on the phone to Danny McCrudden, a Royal Navy veteran who’s approaching his 90th birthday. We’ve been discussing a few of the songs he’d like to sing at the music night in Holland on May 5th, including Tony Bennett’s The Good Life and Barbara Streisand’s The Way We Were. I’ve also been telling Danny about the wonderful people who have so far backed our film. We’ve still got a long way to go to reach our target – and if we […]
Delighted to announce that a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a documentary about the forthcoming trip to Holland has begun! You can watch the trailer here. We can only make the film with your support, so find out how you can back the film by visiting: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1317518270/for-all-we-know-a-musical-documentary. Please share with friends and family and help us spread the word!
I’m delighted to announce that fund-raising for an independent, feature-length documentary, For All We Know, is about to begin. Inspired by the taxi charity, the Black Cab drivers and the veterans I’ve had the great pleasure to meet over the last few years, together with BAFTA-nominated producer Sara Woodford, we’re pulling together a production team to follow up to 160 World War II veterans on an extraordinary trip to Holland in May 2014 in 80 Black Cabs. As the veterans stand side by […]
Just before Christmas, I held a rather unusual Tea Party at the London HQ of global ad agency Ogilvy and Mather in East London. The London Taxi Benevolent Association for the War Disabled brought along 25 WWII veterans, who regularly volunteer for the charity’s fund-raising collections, for tea, cake and a chat. Many of the Ogilvy staff had been furiously baking cakes for a Very British Charity Cake Sale. A huge Union Jack cake, a Lemon Drizzle Cake and a […]