Words: Paul Crofts. Artwork: Dai Owen
Musicians from across the Chester, North Wales and North West live music scene have once again come together to produce a second charity album during the coronavirus lockdown to raise much needed funds for an organisation which supports nurses and other healthcare professionals in times of hardship.
The album, Covered:21, is a follow up to Covered:19, an album produced by Chester-based musician and blogger Dan Schott which set out to raise funds for The Cavell Nurses Trust, a nationwide charity which helps nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in times of need. Produced during the first lockdown in 2020, the original album generated more than 1000 downloads.
With the pandemic ongoing, Dan once again reached out to musicians from across the Chester and North Wales music scene to produce the brand-new album of covers which has been released with the aim of encouraging donations to the Nurses charity.
Hour of need
Speaking about producing the album in support of the charity, Dan said: “The album is another free gift from the Chester and North Wales music scene to raise awareness of the work of The Cavell Nurses Trust. In 2020, the Chester and North Wales music community came together to release Covered:19 to support the charity.
“The trust helps nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship. This is often due to illness, disability, older age and domestic abuse. They rely on amazing fundraisers, donors, members and sponsors to ensure nurses in need have somewhere to turn in their hour of need.
“The album, given away free, with suggested donations to the charity, generated 1000+ downloads and was not only done for the right reasons but was a very good musical release During the current lock-down, the scene came back together again to put together Covered:21, a brand-new compilation of covers from some of the very best regional artists and beyond, to again support Cavell Nurses Trust in their essential work.”
Diverse grassroots scene
Dan added: “This album is a testament to the rich and diverse grassroots scene we have in the city and over the border, and takes in a lot of different styles and genres, resulting in an eclectic, high-quality release.”
All the tracks on the album were recorded during lockdown by the musicians in their own homes with Dan on editing and mixing duties to produce the finished product. Tracks have been contributed by local musicians Andy Peggs, Ian O’Brien, Supa Nova, Startripper, Paul Williams, Guy Bengree, Tim Chapman, Sword Swinging Robot, Will Riding, Captain Andy, Steve Jones, Love Village, Tom Collins, Russell Mabbutt, Marianne Holland, David Watson, Skellums, Johnny Diamond, Steve Crocker, 4th Eden, Vibravoid, Simon Hunter, Sea Mooks Lockdown Unit, The There Or Thereabouts Brigade, Skeet Williams & Deborah Jackson, Malaeus, and Sonic Trip Project. Original artwork for the album cover has been designed once again by local artist Dai Owen.
Speaking about the sense of camaraderie amongst the artists involved in bringing the album together, Dan said: “This has been another very healthy experience for all of us, I’ve certainly enjoyed connecting with musicians and promoters in getting this release together during these isolating times.
“Behind the scenes, there’s been a real spirit of camaraderie in this project and once again, the journey in getting here, has been as fulfilling as the end product. If you like the album, and can afford it, we kindly suggest you donate to the trust, although, musicians of all people, understand the current hardships everyone is going through financially, so we hope you enjoy the release regardless.
“I would like to thank all the talented artists for their hard work and dedication in getting this project off the ground and for the continued trust given to me to bring it all together.”
The album is currently available as a free download at www.neonkrishna.bandcamp.com/album/covered-21. Donations to the Cavell Nurses Trust can be made via https://www.cavellnursestrust.org/donate-now/