Sam Fender is pleased to share a stark, raw and heartfelt recording of Alan Hull and Lindisfarne’s emotional 1970s folk track, “Winter Song.”
As meaningful to the people of Newcastle as The Beatles were to the people of Liverpool, Lindisfarne might never have reached the dizzying heights of John Lennon’s men, but in vocalist and songwriter Alan Hull, they had an artist whose music reached and touched millions, and who hundreds of thousands of Geordies, over the generations, remain fiercely proud of. A local legend.
Fender shares the lyric video in collaboration with People of The Streets, an organization that seeks to meet the less tangible needs of people experiencing homelessness. Founded in a university bedroom in 2017, People of the Streets is an international social enterprise that puts human stories at the heart of the public conversation on homelessness. You can check it out below.
Participants in their courses learn photography skills and develop a portfolio of visual and written work, which is then exhibited in a range of venues and offered for sale, with profits from each sale going to the creator of the work through a self-development fund administered by the participant in partnership with social workers. The video features a number of those photographs, sharing a perspective of the street from those currently living on it.
In tandem with the People of the Streets collaboration, Sam is also selling The Big Issue via his official webstore – with vendors unable to work due to COVID restrictions, has partnered with The Big Issue will all profits going straight back to the magazine to be split between them and the vendors.
Winter Song carries a timely message of humility, reflection and reverence, and one that speaks to Sam Fender on a very human level.
“I wanted to do a Christmas song, and wanted it to be close to my home and my heart”, he says. “For me, the words are more relevant this year than ever. Christmas won’t be the same for a lot of people this year, and that’s why I picked “Winter Song.” Alan Hull truly was one of the most fantastic and underrated writers of his time. Geordie legend. I hope I’ve done it justice, I’m really proud of it.”
Like so many artists across the world, 2020 has been a difficult year for Sam Fender with the pandemic putting pay to a huge Summer of planned festival appearances and touring commitments. Whilst the world waits to see how 2021 fares, the touring remains in a state of flux. Check out his website for the latest tour plans. Sam Fender opened the Newcastle Unity Arena socially distanced outdoor series of shows in the Summer with two huge sell-out shows.
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