The Celia Bryce Band
May Day 1916
The video is from our new EP helping to raise funds for the Royal British Legion. The title track tells of one woman's letters to her husband at the Front in the Great War.
It will be released on October 14 in the run up to Remembrance Day.
‘We were writing new material for the band’s next album and Tony was playing this beautiful melody' Celia says. 'I was completely taken by it. At the time I was researching for a novel about the Great War and the words of the song just came'
'The woman's letter isn't about her troubles at home without him nor about her husband's at the Front. It's the stuff of everyday life at home, the May Day celebrations, their small family, their house, their garden. It's a life the soldier's left behind, the memory of which he clings to, like a glimpse of heaven, while he's stuck in the hell that is the Great War. It's one woman's letter, but it could be every woman's letter during wartime.'
'We had the idea that a brass band would add a sense of place & time so 3G Brass from South Shields came and added a lovely dimension. It was great to see three generations of one family [hence the name] playing their beautiful arrangement'
It is available on CD or download [Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, etc] from Oct 14 as part of a collection of four songs by the Celia Bryce Band.
All proceeds from the sale of the song will go to the Royal British Legion.
'Workers' Song' - from the Celia Bryce Band album 'Links' was runner-up in the UK Country Radio 2014 Song of the year awards. Here is what one of the Country Radio DJs said about the album.
"it’s a beautiful thing congratulations. The production and performance levels are A1. Celia has a restrained power in her performance, reminiscent of Karen Carpenter in her power, I don’t know anyone who has quite that relaxed depth to their voice at the moment. "