Sam Evans has teamed up with an eclectic mix of musicians for charity single Wide River to Cross in aid of UNICEF.
Evans co-ordinated the musicians for the track through Facebook and the Internet to raise money for children and families caught up in war and famine throughout the world. Released tomorrow (21st July), Wide River to Cross is available to pre-order from iTunes now.
Sam explains: “I originally had the idea when I read about the one year anniversary of the death of Alan Kurdi – the 3 year old Syrian child whose photograph of him washed up dead on the beach seemed to have a profound effect on people both in the UK and around the world. But then 1 year on, everyone was so focussed on Brexit and Trump that no one was talking about refugees anymore. Then Theresa May reneged on the promise to take in 3000 of them and America put a ban on all refugees from Syria. It’s now nearly 2 years since that photo purportedly changed peoples’ opinions and we seem to be moving even further away from helping anyone. There’s a line in this song “even the strongest soldier falls” – and I picture that image every time I sing it.
Wide River to Cross is a cover of Buddy Miller’s popular track. Evans didn’t find it hard to get people interested in contributing to the track:
“I made a demo and sent it round to loads of musicians that I’d worked with over the years and got in touch via Facebook. Everyone came back really positively and almost everyone I asked managed to record their bits and send them to me. The agency that looks after my functions band – Alive Network – then agreed to mix and master it for me for free in their studio in Stoke. I was then introduced to Jack Hobbs from Jacket records who agreed to film a live session for me in an incredible setting at his studio in Hertfordshire, and another load of brilliant musicians all donated their time for that as well. In this crazy uncertain world, it is refreshing and heart-warming that people will pull together to help others in their time of need.”
Watch the video for Wide River to Cross below: