Check Out The Four Fathers’ Video Trilogy from Our Pre-Covid Charlie Hart Sessions

27.8.20

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Since the coronavirus hit, my band The Four Fathers have, like most musicians, been unable to do much at all. Initially isolated from each other — and with our bassist Paul having moved to San Francisco — we didn’t get together until June, when we played a few songs for my friend Neil Goodwin’s Virtual Stonehenge Free Festival, available on YouTube here.

Paul then returned from San Francisco, which was good news for us, and we’ve rehearsed a few times since, but, unsurprisingly, we haven’t played any gigs, although we did manage to release three new studio recordings, which we recorded in December with the great Charlie Hart, who, in a 50-year career, has played in Kilburn and the High Roads with Ian Dury, and in Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance, has produced music for the legendary Congolese singer Samba Mapangala, and currently plays in a revived Slim Chance and in his own band The Equators, an extraordinary world-jazz-blues group of extremely talented musicians.

The recordings were of three new songs that I wrote in 2018/19, all available on Bandcamp, where they can be purchased as downloads: The Wheel of Life, a meditation on mortality and living in the moment, This Time We Win, an eco-anthem inspired by Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion, on which Charlie plays Wurlitzer piano, and Affordable, a punky blast of rock and roll about lying politicians and the housing crisis.

We also followed up the release of the new recordings with experimental videos using found footage that were made by our drummer Bren Horstead.

I’m posting the videos below, for anyone who may have missed them, and might be interested.

I hope you enjoy the videos — and the songs — and hopefully we’ll be able to perform at some point in the not too distant future, and might also be able to resume recording some more brand-new songs for our forthcoming third album.

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Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker and singer-songwriter (the lead singer and main songwriter for the London-based band The Four Fathers, whose music is available via Bandcamp). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (and see the latest photo campaign here) and the successful We Stand With Shaker campaign of 2014-15, and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. He is also the co-director (with Polly Nash) of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (available on DVD here, or here for the US, or you can watch it online here, via the production company Spectacle, for £2.55), and for his photo project ‘The State of London’ he publishes a photo a day from eight years of bike rides around the 120 postcodes of the capital.

In 2017, Andy became very involved in housing issues. He is the narrator of the documentary film, ‘Concrete Soldiers UK’, about the destruction of council estates, and the inspiring resistance of residents, he wrote a song ‘Grenfell’, in the aftermath of the entirely preventable fire in June 2017 that killed over 70 people, and he also set up ‘No Social Cleansing in Lewisham’ as a focal point for resistance to estate destruction and the loss of community space in his home borough in south east London. For two months, from August to October 2018, he was part of the occupation of the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden in Deptford, to prevent its destruction — and that of 16 structurally sound council flats next door — by Lewisham Council and Peabody. Although the garden was violently evicted by bailiffs on October 29, 2018, and the trees were cut down on February 27, 2019, the resistance continues.

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3 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    Here’s my latest article, bringing together The Four Fathers’ latest videos, experimental films made using found footage by our drummer Bren Horstead, which we released to accompany the release of our most recent studio recordings, recorded in December with the great Charlie Hart (Ian Dury, Ronnie Lane).

    The videos are for three songs I wrote in 2018/19: ‘The Wheel of Life’, a reflection on mortality and living in the moment, the eco-anthem ‘This Time We Win’, and ‘Affordable’, about lying politicians and the housing crisis.

    Hopefully, one day, we’ll be able to play gigs again, and to continue recording new songs for our third album, but in the meantime we hope you enjoy these videos and songs.

  2. Anna says...

    Haven’t watched the video’s yet, but here’s another musical item which you’ll no doubt enjoy :
    https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2020/08/roger-waters-weakened-neoliberal-economic-policies-200828121841275.html

    Haven’t watched that one yet either, today being devoted to the promotion of a close friend’s new book, about Islam being a major element of Spain’s national identity, where she lived for many years. Someone should translate both her books into at least Spanish, if not English.

    When watching one of my old movies, I was reminded that in my childhood, Musliums were called Mohammedans. That was in Polish but apparently also in English. Interesting why that changed.

    And as you probably missed the very interesting Iraqi Film Festival – free on-line from London https://iiffestival.com/live – you might be able to catch up with at least part of it. Here’s a 10 yrs old pearl from Baghdad on Vimeo : https://vimeo.com/107499320 and there’s last year’s pearl filmed in London ‘Baghdad in my Shadow’ by Samir, unfortunately only the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRrf-cwTkT4.

    Hope you’ll find a moment to watch at least Qarantina 🙂

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Anna. It’s always interesting to see who does – and doesn’t – provide Roger with an opportunity to discuss his important political views. Glad to see Al-Jazeera taking an interest.

    Thanks also for the various links. I will indeed try to watch ‘Qarantina’!

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