Today John Lennon would have celebrated his 75th birthday. To mark this occasion and to thank Help Musicians UK for its support, professional session drummer Stephen MacLachlan has released an album of John Lennon songs with all the proceeds going to the charity.
‘Shine on’ includes the songs ‘Nobody Told Me’, ‘Woman’, ‘Jealous Guy’, ‘Working Class Hero’, ‘Beautiful Boy’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Thru The Night’. Contributing artists include award winning folk artist Lucy Ward, critically acclaimed singer songwriters Jess Morgan, Ruth de Turberville (cellist and singer for Laura Marling, Ellie Goulding and Alessi's Ark), Canadian blues legend Tim Lee, Paul Schofield (musical director for Ruthie Henshall), Griff Jameson (Fred's House) and Claudia Mackenzie (4th Labyrinth), as well as many local musicians.
On the support from the charity, Steve says: “Thank you all so much for the kindness and support over the last 18 months in battling my CFS (Chronic fatigue syndrome). It's been a real challenge at times, for both me and my wife Zoe, who has been an absolute rock for me. And of course my son Noah who only brings happiness! Money will be donated to the Help for Musicians charity who have supported me and many other musicians through difficulty.”
He adds “To the musicians who have contributed their awesomeness, I can't thank you enough. Working on this project with you all has not only given me an incentive to get out of bed but also to believe in myself and relight my passion making music.”
The album is available as a digital download from today on Itunes. Listen and buy here:(https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/shine-on/id1042154307)