Frank Turner is one of four artists to launch Torch Songs, a music campaign in aid of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).
“Music is a constant, a saviour in the world which is unique to everyone,” says BBC Radio 1 and CALM champion Huw Stephens. “We all know how much music means to us, and can help us sometimes.
“The artists involved, sharing their unique cover versions of their personal Torch Songs, are magnificent. The songs strike the right note; give you hope; remind you of the possibilities; remind you you’re not alone. We launch Torch Songs with some spectacular talents sharing their intimate Torch Songs with us – it’s a great way to get people talking about talking.”
Turner, who is currently on the road across the UK with his Sleeping Souls, has taken on This Year by The Mountain Goats.
The first batch of songs also sees The Vaccines cover Hope by Descendents, Years & Years offer their take on Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now and Bleanavon reimagine Everything Reminds Me of Her by Elliott Smith.
“It’s normal for all of us to encounter tough times,” CALM’s chair and creator of Torch Songs, James Scroggs, adds. “We also know music is a universally powerful tool to lift the spirits. So we hope Torch Songs provides the inspiration men need to find a way through.”
Check out the first four songs below:
Years & Years
Frank Turner is on the road across the UK now, with tickets available through Ticketmaster.co.uk.
Photo by Andy Earl