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Charity Single – Ginger Wildheart & Ryan Hamilton

Today sees the release of brand new charity single F**k You Brain, a collaboration between Ginger Wildheart and Ryan Hamilton.

You can purchase the 3 song download directly from roundrecords.bandcamp.com, and all proceeds made from sales of the single will be donated to The Samaritans, a very deserving charity, particularly around this time of year.

Ginger explains:

“Ironically I struggled even getting to the studio to record my parts for this single, deep as was in my current battle with depression. The same attack that almost killed me a week ago.

My depression wants me dead. So far I’m winning on weight advantage, but the battle is never over.

This is a very vulnerable time of year for sufferers of mental health issues, and suicide sees a marked increase over Christmas and New Year. So the help provided by The Samaritans is invaluable, especially over this period.
Please help us in helping someone this year.

Obviously severe depression is not seasonal, but the reminder that you yourself are ‘not doing so bad’ is reinforced over this Festive holiday. If you have a healthy family, loved ones who are safe, a warm home, a job and a hot meal staring at you at some point, then you are doing better than many people this Xmas.

To simply say ‘thank you’ for what you have, please donate for those suffering from suicidal thoughts, struggling with depression/anxiety, or for those helping such a person through this holiday period.

Our suggestion is £5.00, but if you’re doing okay this year then please add a little. The people involved in this single all gave their time for free, and we’ll even be dropping a ‘thank you’ donation into the box. Let’s do this selflessly and with love.

I’d like to thank everyone who has worked tirelessly to make sure that this single happens in time to help. My warm thanks extend to every one of you for helping save someone’s life this Christmas.

Gx”

The single was co-written with Ryan Hamilton, who has this to say about the collaboration:

“Ginger and I have both been very vocal about our struggles with depression and anxiety. Mental health issues like these deserve much more attention, and respect, than they get.

After we wrote ‘F**k You, Brain’ we weren’t quite sure what to do with it. Ginger had the idea to use it as a charity single, and asked if I was ok with that. I couldn’t say “YES!” fast enough.

I hope everyone enjoys the new music and fun collaboration. I also sincerely hope we can raise a good deal of money to raise awareness, and do some good, for an issue very important to us.”

Givvi Flynn, whom many of you will know from Ginger’s solo band outings as well as performing vocal duties with The Dowling Poole, lent her talents to the single as well. She offers these words:

“When Ginger asked me if I’d like to get involved with this single, it was a no-brainer. My own mental health requires daily management (as does that of many friends and colleagues) so I fully appreciate how dark some days can be – why wouldn’t I want to do something which might help those suffering similarly?

I hope the song raises money and awareness for a great cause, it was a pleasure to be part of such a positive, rewarding venture.”

Emily Ewing, who also provided backing vocals for the track, has this to say:

“It has been a real honour to have my vocals feature on this track. The song has such an important message. One that speaks to me personally as well.

My anxiety is an on-going battle, some days are certainly worse than others. There are times when I can’t see light at the end of the tunnel. Panic attacks have also played a major role in my life. As a society we need to stop saying ‘Get over it’, ‘You have nothing to be sad about’. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there or happening. It’s hard to pretend everything is fine when it’s not.

I hope this song raises awareness and lets anyone going through a hard time with mental illness know you are brave to face it every day and you not alone!!!”

Please dig deep and support The Samaritans this Christmas, by downloading the single (which is accompanied by 2 extra tracks) from roundrecords.bandcamp.com.

Every penny made from this will be given to The Samaritans, and will help those who need a little extra help over the Christmas and New Year period.

Ginger’s Dry ‘Til The Bash

Ginger is lining himself up for his next big project. However, this one has a different audience that really needs your support.

Let Ginger explain:

“Got kids? A family? Xmas is a great time for people like us, isn’t it?

But for some children it’s a time of unhappiness, suffering and fear.

Kids aren’t supposed to ever feel this way, especially a time that is traditionally filled with joy, and let alone at the hands of parents and guardians, the very people that are supposed to keep them safe from harm.

Let’s make a difference this year, and donate whatever you can to help NSPCC make it a safer and happier world for hurt and abused children, especially this Christmas.

I’m gonna stay sober until my Birthday Bash, and to help motivate me – and make it a bit of fun – you could slip a quid or two into this charity box. Seriously, whatever you can spare will be very much appreciated by a little one somewhere.

Thank you, in advance, for caring, I know I rely on you guys a lot, only this time it isn’t going into my music or your ears, just our hearts.

Gx”

Ginger has set up a JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Ginger-Wildheart to allow quick and easy donations to be made to support his goal and the NSPCC, and if you’re a UK taxpayer, you can also register your donation for Gift Aid, which will bump up your contribution by another 20%.

Let’s make this Christmas a rocking one for as many kids as we can!

Update
Ginger would like to clarify his thoughts on the subject of this and other fund-raising activities:

“Much as I’d like to sponsor every charity event you guys are doing I simply just can’t afford to donate to each request. I’m not a wealthy guy. That’s why I have to do things like this, or give my guitar away to help, instead of just sticking a roll of cash into a box. Good luck with everything you guys do, I’ll support you in any way I can. Gx”

Ginger’s Guitar Auctioned For Charity

Rock memorabilia collectors now have the chance to get their hands on something very special!Ginger and The Stickered Les Paul

Ginger’s famous, one-of-a-kind stickered Gibson Les Paul is being auctioned to raise money in aid of the British Red Cross.

Says Ginger, “Released in 1978 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Gibson Les Paul, I bought this guitar around 1987 when I was asked to join New York rockers The Throbs. After a short term in NYC the guitar came back to England with me to form The Wildhearts. I formed the band and recorded every Wildhearts album with this guitar (also Silver Ginger 5 ‘Black Leather Mojo’, Supershit 666 and multiple solo projects). This fine guitar acted as my main guitar on every tour The Wildhearts ever did, including the AC/DC ‘Ballbreaker’ tour, as well as appearances with Sex Pistols, Manic Street Preachers, and many more. And it rarely needed tuning onstage. Basically if you ever saw The Wildhearts I was playing this guitar and if you ever heard The Wildhearts then you were listening this guitar. Every song was written, played and recorded with this instrument. THIS is history.”

Any questions regarding the guitar can be addressed directly to Ginger via his Formspring account.

Click Here for the eBay auction.

Happy Bidding!

The Haiti Project

A download only charity compilation launches today to raise money for the relief efforts following the Earthquake in Haiti.

The Haiti Project

A message from Haiti Project organiser, Gav:

Upon arriving back in the UK a few weeks ago at Heathrow (and being a little too wrapped up in seemingly important things like whether the plane would land in the snow or if my train would be running) I was immediately greeted and numbed by the horrific and shocking news reports that followed after the Haiti Earthquake. As the magnitude of the disaster continues to grow by the day, I was very keen (like most people) to do ‘something’.

Thus The Haiti Project – a charity download album – was born. Within a few days of sending emails and calls to my nearest and dearest friends an album quite literally ‘came together’.

The album is spearheaded by the anthemic debut track from The Sonic Graffiti, a new band from LA put together by Ginger, Billy Morrison, Michael Butler & Scott Lipps. The track entitled Mystery Number was recorded at Matt Sorum’s studio in August 2009 & was produced by the legendary Mike Clink.

I’d like to personally say a big thankyou to Ginger, Billy, Michael, Scott & Mike for donating this exclusive track, and allowing The Haiti Project to (hopefully) raise even more money.

I would love for everyone to spread word around the internet world via their Twitterings, Facebookings, Myspacings, bloggings and other ‘ings’. Lets raise some money.

Gav

http://twitter.com/gavmccaughey

http://www.facebook.com/thehaitiproject

The Haiti Project Tracklist:

1) The Sonic Graffiti – Mystery Number (Exclusive)
2) Eureka Machines – Being Good Is Ok, But Being Betters Better
3) Electric Six – Newark Airport Boogie
4) Jackdaw 4 – Jesus Wants My Soul Back
5) The Loyalties – Sofa Surfin’ UK (Acoustic)
6) Antiproduct – When We Find Love
7) The Organ Beats – Happy Birthday/Come On Home
8) The Wildhearts – Unbroken
9) Tragedy: All Metal Tribute To The Bee Gees – Nights On Broadway
10) Radio Dead Ones – Take It On Trust
11) Ricky Warwick – Love Owes
12) Brijitte West (Feat. Jesse Malin) – How To Be Good
13) Moi? – This Is All That I Wanted
14) Laika Dog – Piano Song
15) Sorry & The Sinatras – Riverside
16) Children of The Unicorn – Nightshark

The download album costs just £5 and is available from MusicGlue.

16 songs for £5!? Oh yes!

All of the proceeds will be donated directly to the ongoing relief efforts and you’ll end up with 16 great tracks. Good deal.

http://www.facebook.com/thehaitiproject