BBC award-nominated trio Lady Maisery have released a special charity download single to mark International Women’s Day (Friday March 8), celebrate Women’s History Month and raise funds for the End Violence Against Women coalition.
2012 BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award nominees Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans, have recorded their own striking version of the hauntingly beautiful Kate Bush song “This Woman’s Work”. The single, available to download from iTunes, is a bold new interpretation, underpinned by Scandinavian-inspired fiddle accompaniment and driven by Lady Maisery’s trademark distinctive vocals.
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This Woman’s Work is the English trio’s first release since their acclaimed debut 2011 album Weave & Spin. The artwork was created by Joel Stewart, illustrator, author and creator of BBC Television’s Abney and Teal. “This Women’s Work “ has been produced by Andy Bell and is a special remix track from Lady Maisery’s much anticipated second album, due for release in June 2013.
Says Hazel Askew: “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 mark International Women's Day.”
Lady Maisery are proud to be supporting End Violence Against Women , a unique coalition of organisations and individuals campaigning to end all forms of 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.”