North East All Stars
Save the City Hall (RGF/STCHCD 2012) - Released December 21st
"We want a mirror ball, not a wrecking ball."
After the decision to re-develop the site of the historic 85 year-old Newcastle City Hall, many notable local musicians have donated their talents to record a charity single whose proceeds will go towards the fight to overturn this barbaric verdict.
Among the musical luminaries involved in The North East All Stars are drummer Paul Thompson of Roxy Music and erstwhile Lindisfarne vocalist/front man Ray Jackson. Another ex-Lindisfarne member, singer/songwriter Steve Daggett, wrote the song ‘Save The City Hall’, and produced the recording, which also features lead guitarist John Hedley, who Sting has called a role model when they played together in the band Last Exit, hit-making harmony vocal group Prelude, guitarist Charlie Harcourt, who played in both Lindisfarne and US country/rockers Cat Mother & The All Night News Boys, and bass player Steve Martin, who may hope to one day achieve the celebrity of his American namesake.
Steve Daggett recalled that the great and influential Billy Bragg had recorded a version of the Alan Hull song, ‘All Fall Down’, for a tribute album to the late Lindisfarne singer/songwriter, but the album never happened. When he heard about the shameful plan to close the City Hall, Billy Bragg donated that unused recording, on which he duetted with one of the world’s most notable young folk artists, Eliza Carthy, and this is the second track on the ‘Save The City Hall’ 4 track CD released by Washington-based Road Goes On Forever Records.
The third track is a recording of another classic Alan Hull song, ‘Marshall Riley’s Army’, performed by Alan Fish & The Attention Seekers with vocalist Paul Liddell, and the final track, ‘Mandolin Moon’, is an acclaimed tribute song to Alan Hull written and performed by Steve Daggett. The concentration on Alan Hull, who died in 1995, is appropriate because in July, 2012, a memorial plaque to Hull’s memory was unveiled at the same City Hall that is threatened with closure.
The 4-track CD is being manufactured and should be on sale before the end of the year. Priced at £6 including postage and packing to UK addresses and £7 for the rest of the world, profits after expenses for this limited numbered edition of 1000 will be donated to the ‘Save The City Hall’ protest group.
Order CD now. Each of the four tracks will also be available for digital download very soon.
1. Save the City Hall - The North East All Stars) (S. Daggett)
2. All Fall Down (Billy Bragg & Eliza Carthy) (A. Hull)
3. Marshall Riley's Army (The Attention Seekers) (A. Hull)
4. Mandolin Moon (Steve Daggett) (S. Daggett)
Save The City Hall
was recorded at Broadwater Recording Studios, Gateshead NE9 5SJ
Produced by Steve Daggett & Paul Worthington
Engineered by Tim Carr, Adam Forster and Gav Richards
Ray Jackson - Lead Vocals, Harmonica, Mandolin
John Hedley - Lead Guitar
Charlie Harcourt - Guitar
Steve Daggett Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Steve Martin - Bass
Paul Thompson - Drums
Prelude - Vocals
All Fall Down
Recorded at Cathouse Studios and produced by Grant Showbiz
Billy Bragg - Guitar, Banjo and Vocals
Eliza Carthy - Violin, Vocals
Recording © 1997 Billy Bragg
Mandolin Moon was
Recorded at The Cluny Studio, Byker
Steve Daggett (Vocals, numerous Guitars of various types, Mandolin, Bass)
Stephen Robson (Drums, Tambourine)
George Curry (Vocal)
Produced by Steve Daggett
Engineered by George Welch and mixed by Fred Purser at Trinity Heights
Marshall Riley’s Army
Recorded at Cluny Studios
Produced by Alan Fish. Engineered by Tony Davis
Paul Liddell - Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Alan Fish - Guitar, Harmonica
Col Roberts - Bass
Tony Davis - Piano, Backing Vocals
Thanks to John Tobler, Lynda Hugen-Tobler, Steve Daggett, Billy Bragg, Eliza Carthy, Liz Lenten, Paul Le Hat, North East Music History, Hazel Plater, Tony Stephenson, Martin Craig, Alan Fish, Broadwater Studio, Sue Brind, Ray Dobson, Dave Ramshaw, John Garrad, Barry McKay. Photograph of Northumberland Baths, City Pool and City Hall, Northumberland Road by Andrew Curtis. Design by Paul Le Hat at Bad Robot.