‘Working on the Frontline’ is the first single from the forthcoming album ‘Song Club’. Performed by the BAFTA nominated actor and singer Jessie Buckley and her band ‘Jessie and The Leonards,’ written by Kate St John and Neil MacColl and featuring Hannah Grace Deller, the song is a powerful and poignant representation of life on the NHS frontline.
Curated by Chris Difford, the Song Club album is inspired by the work of Hannah Grace Deller, a nurse on the front line. In addition to being a paediatric matron Hannah is a talented photographer who, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, has been documenting her, and her colleagues’ experiences. When Hannah’s photographic work was featured on the Channel 4 programme ‘Grayson’s Art Club’, it grabbed the attention of the Squeeze co-founder and Grammy nominated lyricist.
"I first saw Hannah’s photography on Grayson Perry’s Channel Four program ‘Art Club’. Inspired by her work I asked all of my co-writing chums to use her photographs as inspiration for songwriting. Together we have created a body of work to raise funds for the frontline workers, it has been so inspiring to hear the results” says Difford.
The album includes songs written by world-class, award-winning songwriters – including Nik Kershaw, Graham Gouldman, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mark Nevin, Julia Fordham, Robert Vincent, Judie Tzuke, Kimmie Rhodes, Judith Owen and Kathryn Williams - who have used their time in lockdown to document a poignant moment in time.
Speaking about the album, Hannah Grace Deller, matron paediatrics, Imperial College NHS Trust says “I hope that the voices of all the unsung heroes, their efforts and sacrifices are heard in this music. For me this record is a thank you to all my colleagues on the frontline, from the porters & domestics, to the doctors and nurses, I’ll never forget how we all stood side-by-side on the frontline fighting this illness together.”
Deepa Korea, RCN Foundation Director, RCN Foundation “We are incredibly grateful to Chris, Hannah and everyone involved in the Song Club album project – donations to the RCN Foundation COVID-19 Support Fund will make a huge difference to the many frontline nurses, midwives and health care support workers who are continuing to make an invaluable contribution at the very forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
‘Song Club’ will be released on October 23rd 2020 with the single ‘Working On The Frontline’ now available on all streaming platforms and on You Tube
To see more of Hannah’s work which inspired the album visit https://www.instagram.com/hannahgracedeller_photography/
Thank you to Chris Difford for hosting a Zoom concert on Saturday 12th September with special guests Elvis Costello, Kimmie Rhodes and John Lloyd.
The concert raised just over £2,000 https://justgiving.com/fundraising/louise-difford1 for the RCN Foundation COVID-19 Support Fund.
For more details visit https://www.instagram.com/chrisdifford/