June 27, 2015 by Robb Powell
You will recall a short while back there were a running series of posts by writer, musician, support worker and all-round awesome fellow James Kirby sharing news about the musicians who were lending their support as well as their marvellous musical talents to his Blues From The Herts Project. Well, after a few months of non-stop hard graft – after which I think Jim deserves a good month-long holiday somewhere nice to relax – Blues From The Herts Volume 1 is ready and was released for your ears and minds at the end of May.
This is a 15-track album of incredible, moving music some of which, but by no means all, is blues-fused. The title of the project however did not demand a blues-only style from its musicians as the play on words is equally appropriate to the charity benefiting from it. In fact, the diverse mix of other styles provides a nicely rounded experience for the listener with all tracks of the highest calibre. ALL proceeds from sales and from the songs therein will be going to Sane Mental Health charity to help them continue the miracle work they do for those affected by mental health issues.
This was very much a community project entirely organised and directed by Jim. It is a remarkable achievement to bring all of these hugely talented local musicians together in one place where their music can be shared and heard while simultaneously raising crucial much-needed funds and awareness for a charity doing some of the most important support work out there given the recent and current economic climate.
Within the 6 hours of the 2 live launch gigs at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks and Jamie’s Italian, the total raised already surpassed £1000. So, let’s add to this fantastic start by purchasing the album yourself right now. The tremendous amount of hard work, commitment and stunning artistry from the musicians on this volume can be yours for a very affordable price, ALL of which goes to Sane Mental Health charity, remember. Check out the links below and grab your copy from whichever you prefer.
Well done Jim Kirby, and to all involved with this awesome project.