Lessons of War (Single)
Friend of RMHQ Matt McGinn from Northern Ireland has been working on an exciting new project for some time now, and at last we can tell the world. LESSONS of WAR is a global music project that he devised in 2017, and developed with help from the Arts Council NI.
Matt reached reach out to musicians from all over the world, but especially from areas of war or conflict, asking them to contribute to a song he had written that highlighted the futility of war. Among those involved was Haris Abdagic, a singer from Bosnia & Herzegovina, and the Citizens of the World choir. Although based in London, they are made up of refugees and their carers.
According to Matt It turned out to be a bit of a monster however. In researching the song, he interviewed people who had more experiences in such matters than he did himself. Namely, Richard Moore, a musician who was blinded at the age of ten by a plastic bullet; Tommy Sands, a musician and peace activist; Anthony Seydu, a songwriter from Sierra Leone who founded the Diamond Child school of Arts there; Mark Kelly, a musician, manager and sound engineer who lost his legs from a UVF bomb aged 18.
A friend of our, and fellow songwriter, Joby Fox (Energy Orchard), introduced Matt to Yazan Ibrahim, an incredible young flamenco guitarist from Golan Heights on the Syrian Border; bringing him to Ireland to record some songs along with some close friends and incredible musicians, at Black Mountain Studios, Dundalk.
Local film-maker, Colm Laverty, has pieced all of these experiences together to make a wonderful short film that is going to be shown in the Black Box, Belfast as part of the BELFAST FILM FESTIVAL, this Sunday (April 15th) at 2pm. After the film, Matt McGinn and some special guests are going to play some songs from and relating to the film. It should be a lovely afternoon.
Released 27th March 2018