Many members of Britain’s rock royalty have come together to record a Christmas song for the British Red Cross – and you can buy a copy now!
A host of music stars – going under the name The Peace Collective – have recorded The Farm’s 1990 hit song, All Together Now. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross and Shorncliffe Trust.
Fittingly, given the Red Cross’ leading role in commemorating the First World War centenary, the song was inspired by the famous Christmas Day Truce that occurred in the trenches in 1914.
In a spontaneous act of humanity, British and German troops wandered into no-man’s land to sing Christmas carols, exchange gifts and even play football together.
The new song was produced by music legends Suggs (from Madness) and Mick Jones (from The Clash).
Featured stars include Alexandra Burke, David Gray, Gabrielle, The Proclaimers, I Am Kloot, Holly Johnson, Engelbert Humperdinck, and band members from Massive Attack, Cast and The Sugababes. And, of course, The Farm themselves.
There’s even a backing choir of schoolboy footballers from the Premier League and German Bundesliga, as a reminder of the positive role football played in bringing the soldiers together.
So, why did the musicians decide to support the Red Cross?
The Farm singer Peter Hooton explained: “We chose the Red Cross because of their brilliant humanitarian work, not only in this country but around the world.
“However, they are often taken for granted as they have been around for so long. And they’re a completely neutral organisation, which was important given the sentiment of the song.”
Charlie Reid from The Proclaimers had no hesitation about signing up to sing on the record. He said:: “It’s a great cause and nobody can be against the Red Cross – they’re a fantastic charity.”
You can also buy the CD single – which features an exclusive b-side – for £1.99 at Amazon, HMV, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and some independent stores.