This March, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated band Lady Maisery are releasing a charity download single to celebrate International Women’s Day 2013. The trio will be releasing their own version of Kate Bush’s This Woman’s Work, with all profits going to support the work of the End Violence Against Women Coalition. The song will also celebrate the start of Women’s History Month, which begins on International Women’s Day (March 8th), and will be available to download online from Monday 4th March.
This Woman’s Work is Lady Maisery’s first release since their acclaimed debut album Weave & Spin in 2011 and features the trio’s unique style of vocal harmony, whilst showing a major development from their earlier material. The single maintains the energy of Kate Bush’s original version, but is a bold new interpretation; underpinned by Scandinavian inspired fiddle accompaniment and driven by Lady Maisery’s characteristic vocals – three distinctive voices blended in striking harmony.
“All three of us have always loved Kate Bush and her original, iconic style. We were struck by the way this song shows the complexities of the relationship between a man and a woman before the birth of their first child, addressing the possibilities of loss whilst exploring the situation from a man’s point of view. It felt like an unusual angle for a song, and Kate’s lyrics get straight to the heart of this very human relationship, illustrating the complicated gender roles and emotions at play. Understanding the complexity of experiences like this is an important part of working towards more equal relationships between men and women, which is why we chose this song to release on International Women’s Day.”
The track has been produced by Andy Bell and is a special remix from Lady Maisery’s much anticipated second album, due for release in June 2013. The artwork was created by Joel Stewart, illustrator, author and creator of BBC Television’s Abney and Teal.
Lady Maisery are proud to be supporting the End Violence Against Women Coalition, a unique coalition of organisations and individuals campaigning to end all forms of violence against women. The group was set up in 2005 when women’s organisations and others came together to lobby the government to take a more strategic approach to ending violence against women, including making a commitment to work which aims to prevent violence against women. They continue to lobby all levels of government in the UK, and challenge the wider cultural attitudes that tolerate and condone violence against women. Lady Maisery are delighted to be donating all profits from the single to End Violence Against Women:
“We are all passionate about campaigning for women’s rights and promoting feminism, and this is often reflected in the songs we’ve chosen to sing. We’re very excited to be working with the End Violence Against Women Coalition this International Women’s Day and supporting the important work they do raising awareness about violence against women, lobbying local and national government and campaigning to protect women’s support services. The current UK government’s austerity measures are adversely affecting women by cutting vital women’s services, making job losses in the predominantly female public sector and cutting funding for children’s services on which many working parents rely. International Women’s Day is a good time to reflect on this and continue to work for change, as well as celebrate strong, independent women around the world”