I'm looking to fund the repressing of my 2016 CD 'Never Be Defeated' to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 1984-85 Miner's Strike. The repress will include all Joe Solo & The Hatfield Brigade recordings as bonus tracks and brand new artwork from Kevin Pearson.
The reason I'm after crowdfunding this release, is that I'd like 100% of the money raised from sales to be split between the DN7 Hardship Fund set up by the Hatfield Brigade to help people struggling to make ends meet in the former pit villages of South Yorkshire, and the Save Hatfield Main Headgear campaign looking to build a lasting legacy for furture generations out of the ashes of the past. If we can put this CD out into the world without costs then every penny can go to the cause rather than having to recoup expenses first.
The album tells the story of the men and women of Stainforth and Dunscroft during the Miner's Strike, but their stories are universal to any pit community striking for their jobs, their homes and their livelihoods at that time.
The songs on this album bagged me the 2016 Outstanding Songwriting prize at the Yorkshire Gig Guide Music Awards. They were written from the firsthand accounts of the amazing men and women who stood up neoliberalism before the rest of us even knew what it was. All I did was make their stories rhyme, and I'd like to pay the community back by gifting this release to them in solidarity.
Please help folks.