‘Songs for the Voiceless’ is an album project aiming to bring some of the lesser known stories of World War I to light. This album will be about the people the War impacted: men, women and children, soldiers and civilians.

All profits will be given to the Poppy Appeal.

Michael J Tinker had the idea in 2012 of gathering a number of folk musicians from around the country to write and record an album to tell some of these stories for the centenary commemorations in 2014. Jon Boden (Bellowhead), was first to contribute a track, and, in the spring of 2014, BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy, Josienne Clarke, Gilmore & Roberts, The Young’uns, Tom Oakes and Ian Stephenson (KAN) all went into the studio along with Michael to put the album together. Produced by award-winning producer Andy Bell, the project seeks to give a voice to those from the First World War who have a story to tell.

Sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, women and children, left-behind lovers, families and communities, soldiers and civilians. All with a story to tell; all with a song to be sung.

The album was toured from 5th – 9th November 2014.

5th November 2014 – Bury Met, Lancashire

6th November 2014 – Kings Place, London

7th November 2014 – Discovery Centre, Winchester

8th November 2014 – Brook Theatre, Chatham Kent

9th November 2014 – Arts Centre, Salisbury