Midlands singer-songwriter S. T. Manville has enlisted the help of fellow artists Frank Turner, Huntar, Betsy and more for a pared back cover version of Vera Lynn’s classic ‘Well Meet Again’, and an accompanying video of artists and friends singing along. The cover is being released to raise funds for local Leicester mental health charity LAMP (Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project) via Go Fund Me, who Manville says have been invaluable during the Covid-19 crisis.
Originally asked to perform the rendition by the BBC Radio Leicester team following the Queen quoting the song in her speech to the nation, Manville talks about the relevance of the song in the current climate:
“A few weeks ago I was asked by Ady Dayman from BBC Radio Leicester to record a version of Vera Lynn’s classic “We’ll Meet Again”. The song seemed very relevant amid the current climate and felt like a much needed optimistic message. After recording the track we had the idea to make a video featuring friends, family and other artists from their respective isolation, as a way to keep connected and all focus on a small positive project together. We decided to use the video as a means to raise some money for local Leicester mental health charity “LAMP”. LAMP provides community-based mental health advocacy, carers advocacy and peer advocacy, among other services, and has been a massive support to me and my family for over 10 years. The work they do is invaluable at the moment, and will continue to be as we progress through this crisis. They are great people and it’s nice to have the opportunity to give something back, so please, if you enjoyed the video and can spare a little cash do so.”
The artists featured include Frank Turner, Huntar, Betsy, CJ Pandit, Jessie Reid, George Gadd, Boat To Row, Luke Broughton, Piles Of Clothes, Aesthetics and Papa Fresco.