Richard Hawley, Lesley Garrett, Paul Carrack and Kate Rusby are among the latest galaxy of stars backing the Sheffield Women of Steel Statue Appeal - by donating songs for a fund-raising album, writes Graham Walker.
Women of Steel - The Album features big names and local favourites who want to pay their tribute to the women who worked in the steel works during the war, even though some acts are not available to perform at a star-studded fund raising concert at Sheffield City Hall, on November 9.
Everyone has donated their track for free , while The Everly Pregnant Brothers and The Yorkshire Tea Bags have even written special tribute songs.
It will be available for £10.99 from the Women of Steel Concert website www.womenofsteeltheconcert.co.uk or through iTunes next week.
The album track list features Richard Hawley - I’m On Nights; Martin Simpson - The Morning Blues; Heaven 17 - Let Me Go (Exclusive Acoustic Version); Paul Carrack - Long Ago; In The Nursery - Off T’mill; Kate Rusby - The Wishing Wife; The Crookes - Honey; Fay Hield - The Old ‘Arris Mill; Lesley Garrett - A North Country Lass; The Everly Pregnant Brothers - Don’t Tha Want Me; Roy Bailey with Stalking Horses - Rosa’s Lovely Daughters; The Tempertons - Then I Can Fly; Yorkshire Tea Bags Skiffle Band - Amazing Women Of Steel.
A separate Women Of Steel song is being written and produced for separate release by Eliot Kennedy, John Parr and John Reilly.
“The album will become a real collectors piece , because there’s such a variety of people on it , all united by a common cause,” said John Palmer, one of the organisers of the album and the City Hall show.
Tony Christie, Heaven 17, Martin Fry from ABC, John McClure from Reverend and the Makers, John Shuttleworth, John Parr, Paul Pashley and X Factor’s Janet Devlin will appearing at the City Hall show for free.
The Star’s digital editor Graham Walker, joint organiser of the show and album, added: “When Sheffield’s own Grammy Award winner Eliot Kennedy is leading the house band you know the night is going to be very special with lots of surprises.”
The £150,000 statue will go outside Sheffield City Hall as lasting commemoration of the women’s achievements.
* Tickets for the concert are £20 and £22, subject to a booking fee. For an extra £10, show ticket holders can get a pass to the special after show party, to mix with some of the stars and featuring entertainment from Paul Pashley and soul/funk band The Tempertons.
Buy in person, call the Box Office on 0114 2789789 or visit visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.