Everybody Powwow! is the first release on the Spiderhawk Records label, and is now available in the shops, and at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and CD Universe. You can listen to tracks in the player below.
The critics have been saying really nice things about the album (see press reviews). These are some examples:
“I’ve enjoyed the album more every time I’ve played it.”
“The music is fantastic.”
“The production is stellar.”
“Tunes you won’t want to miss.”
“Emma Pears shines with her clean, lilting voice”.
“I think it’s probably the finest performance of Robert Hart’s long career.”
Everybody Pow Wow! is a new concept album featuring the singing talents of Robert Hart and Emma Pears; and Bernie Marsden, Gary Grainger, Jay Stapley, and Wes McGhee on Guitar, Jimmy Copley on Drums, Simon Edwards on Bass and Percussion, Alan Stewart on Bass Clarinet and Sax, Simon Webb on keyboards and vocals, Steve Stapley, Stella Betton, Bernie Marsden and Kevin Williams on backing vocals, Roddy Lorimer, Dave Plews, Paul Spong and Steve Sidwell on trumpets, Simon Clarke and Tim Sanders on Saxophones, Daniel Emond on French Horn, Pete Thoms, Roger Williams and Simon Wills on trombone, Bob Loveday on violin, and Lorelei King narrating. It was recorded and mixed by Ian Tompson at Humber Road Studio, and produced by Ian Tompson and Simon Webb for Spiderhawk Records.
Everybody Powwow! is part protest album, part celebration, part tragic love story. It takes the listener on an epic journey across oceans and continents, in a tale of dreams and aspirations, corruption and betrayal, hope and glory.
The story is set in the late 19th century. A tide of humanity from the east is moving westwards onto the Great Plains in search of land and a new life. The Sioux, whose land it is, have other ideas. They’re waging guerrilla war on the Army.
Thomas Christian, a young coal miner, whom we follow from his hometown in the North of England to the heart of America, meets and falls in love with Rosie, a young girl from the Oglala Sioux tribe. He’s arrested and conscripted into the army. He realizes his mistake, deserts, and rejoins his new friend and her family in the Badlands. He is taken to a mountain top and shown a great vision.
Later that year, in the deep mid-winter, the army surround the camp, arrest Thomas, and start to disarm the men. A shot goes off, and then a fusillade of rifle and automatic fire. Thomas, and Rosie and her family are all caught in the cross fire, with tragic consequences.
You can watch videos of some of the songs on the video page.
Here is the video of one of the most popular tracks.
THIS LAND IS MY LAND (Video)
You can access a free download of the new radio edit of This Land Is My Land here.
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