WoodStreetHeader3

Contact Julia on 07966 136169

The centenary of the outbreak of the "war to end all wars" is marked by this wildly ambitious 27-song concept work. Gentle Men was originally released 16 years ago, but this powerful "family history of the first world war & its consequences" has now been rerecorded and updated. Based around the stories of his grandfathers, Ernest Johnson and Henry Jenner, who served on the western front but survived, it deals with class, war, its aftermath, and 127 years of English history. Vocals by Johnson, and Roy Bailey are often upbeat, with jaunty melodies inspired by music hall, hymns or marching songs, and set to variously bleak, angry and poignant lyrics. A folk classic.