Two musicians have recorded a CD of some of their favourite songs, raising £500 for the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre’s relocation ‘The Big Move’ in the process.
Former teacher John Hudson of Stoke Green, Coventry, who plays guitar, teamed up with harmonica player Dr John Middleton, who lives on the Coombe Park estate on the edge of the city, and is president of the Faculty of Public Health, to record the album, Songs for Old Friends.
The pair presented a cheque to the CRMC’s former director, Sabir Zazai, at a music event at the Middleton home. The money will go towards the charity’s fundraising campaign ‘The Big Move.’ The CRMC has had to move to a new base, Norton House, near Stoney Stanton Road, and needs to raise at least £60,000 to complete it.
Sabir said: “This wonderful gesture goes to show how Coventry deserves its reputation as a city of peace and reconciliation.”
The CD’s seven songs are a mixture of English and Irish folk songs and Americana. John Hudson writes in the sleeve notes: “We dedicate these songs to those brave people who have left their homelands and often their loved ones…to seek safety and peace on our shores. They will have brought their music too, as refugees and migrants always have.”
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