Hastings is not short of musical talent and neither, can it be said, is it lacking in community spirit or a social conscience either.
So, back in the summer, all of this was harnessed for a benefit CD to raise funds for the town’s Citizens Advice service.
Spanning everything from orchestral, folk, blues, rock, electro-pop and indie, ‘A Brighter Day’ comprises 22 tracks especially recorded by local musicians.
The tracks were compiled by local resident Keith Rodway. The striking cover artwork was created by artist Peter Quinnell.
The artists who contributed their work: Polo Piatti, Anita Jardine, Kat Lee-Ryan, Josephine Claire Hamill, Philip George Thornton, Nick Monaghan, Tim Scullion, Carol Prior, Otti A-i, Toby Warren (Elf and Stacey), Fritz Catlin, Simon Charterton, Dave Arnold, Richard James Burley, Tim Hoyte, Alice Trueman (CLUBBS), Charlotte Tingley and Leo Snook (Chasing Shadows), Keith Foster, Steve Stone, Tony May, Phil Little, Ken Edwards (The Moors).
On Sunday 30th September many of the artists featured on the album reconvened for a special benefit concert at Hastings’ fabulously atmospheric Printworks venue.
As with the album, we witnessed a fantastically varied mix of styles and genres.
Among the stand-outs for me were singer-songwriter Carol Prior, who immediately struck a connection wit the audience and segued effortlessly from a hilarious faux-protest song about getting a police caution for topless bathing into a stunning rendition of a Sikh prayer set to music, the latter of which appears on the album.
Another stand-out was Tim Hoyte, whose beautifully elegant acoustic guitar playing graces his self-composed track ‘Flying Dreams’ on the album.
A special mention must also go to young acoustic duo Chasing Shadows who do a nice line in Americana-tinged story songs and who I saw at St Leonards Kino Teatr a couple of years ago in what transpired to be one of their first ever gigs.
Nice to see these two, Charlotte Tingley and Leo Snook, developing and growing as performers.
A really talented bunch of musicians, a great atmosphere and a great cause – let’s hope the benefit raised some much-needed cash for those providing advice and support to local people in these tough times.
The album ‘A Brighter Day’ is available to stream and purchase in CD format on Bandcamp at: ca1066.bandcamp.com
Priced at just £5 (or pay more if you you like) all proceeds go to Citizens Advice 1066.
CD copies are also available from the following local shops:
– Sea Kale, London Road, St Leonards (opposite the Co-op),
– Borough Wines, Robertson Street, Hastings
– Wow and Flutter, Trinity Street, Hastings
You can read more from Darren at: darrensmusicblog.com/