When Hannah Grace Deller, a nurse working on the frontline in these particularly challenging times for all NHS staff, had her photographic work documenting her experiences featured on the Channel 4 programme ” Grayson’s Art Club” little did she know what it would spark. It grabbed the attention of Chris Difford, the Squeeze co-founder and award winning lyricist who contacted several of his songwriting friends and asked them to each use one of Hannah’s photographs ( including the one shown here ) as inspiration for a new song. The result is the album “Song Club”, which will be released on October 23rd, proceeds going to the Royal College of Nursing Foundation COVID-19 Support Fund.
” Songwriters have been in lockdown like everyone else and collectively we have dark stages and an unsure future regarding live performances, so this has been something to focus on by way of embracing the amazing work of the NHS and frontline workers” says Difford, continuing ” My aim is to document this strange time we are living in and I hope bring inspiring songs to the ears of many”.
The artists involved in the project come from a wide variety of musical genres, and as you will see from the track listing below include several familiar names from the world of country/americana. Indeed the lead single “Working On The Frontline” released last Friday, is performed by Wild Rose actress and singer Jessie Buckley and her band (“Jessie and the Leonards”). Written by Kate St John and Neil MacColl it also features Hannah herself on vocals, a song which blends a very cool bluesy country vibe with Hannah’s particularly thought provoking rap section. Jessie’s lead vocals and the background harmonies are absolutely stunning, the song perfectly painting a vivid and often harrowing picture of the daily challenges which face NHS workers, particularly but also not exclusively at the moment. ….” when this thing is gone we will keep on keeping on ‘cos we have been here all along, we’re always working on the frontline” she sings toward the end.
Hannah says of the project “I hope that the voices of all the unsung heroes, their efforts and sacrifices are heard in this music. For me this record is a thank you to all my colleagues on the frontline, from the porters & domestics, to the doctors and nurses, I’ll never forget how we all stood side-by-side on the frontline fighting this illness together.”