(Updated March 31) Sir Paul has recorded some new material for a project called Peace Songs which will be sold to benefit children living in war zones. He recently recorded a live version of Calico Skies for the album in just one take. Sir Paul has issued a statement in which he says:"Whatever the politics, or rights and wrongs of war, children are always the innocent victims so I am delighted to make this small contribution to a magnificent project that I hope goes some way to alieviating pain and suffering. Calico Skies has a poignant verse about the futility of wars and I hope it's appropriate in the circumstances."Other artists who have donnated tracks to the album include David Bowie, Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Bryan Adams, Jann Arden, Bruce Cockburn, Leonard Cohen, Gord Downie, Garou, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), K-OS, Chantal Kreviazuk, Moby and Our Lady Peace.
All proceeds from the sale of the album will go to War Child Canada' s international humanitarian projects, including humanitarian relief in Iraq where the charity organization is partnered with Karbala Children's Hospital. Peace Songs is a joint initiative between BMG Canada Inc., Sony Music Canada, and War Child Canada. Some of the tracks will also appear on an album called Hope which is being produced by War Child U.K.
The project was started before the war in Iraq. According to Samantha Nutt, executive director of War child Canada, "We are very concerned for the well-being of Iraqi children and all innocent people caught in the crossfire of war."
War Child's James Topham added: "To have musicians of the quality of Paul McCartney, David Bowie, George Michael and New Order involved speaks volumes. Children are always the first victims of war."
The album is scheduled to be released on April 15.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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