‘Peace in Our Time’ is a poignant plea. In response to the invasion of Ukraine and the resulting refugee crisis, singer-songwriter Kirsten Adamson has tapped into her father’s back catalog to release a single and video to support War Child Charity. This protest anthem was originally released on Big Country’s third album in 1989. The lyrics from three decades ago foreshadow the current situation in Europe and remind the listener that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Kirsten’s clear bell-like voice takes the lead, with some of the UK’s finest folk and Americana singers on backing vocals – Karen Matheson (Capercaillie), Dean Owens, Jill Jackson, Dave Burn, Lisa Rigby, Dan Raza, Emily Smith, Paul Gilbody and Jason McNiff.
The video for ‘Peace in Our Time’ is simply made and puts fresh-faced, optimistic children in the spotlight, as they mime the words; filmed with the children of friends who responded to Kirsten’s appeal for people to take part.
In describing her inspiration for this release Adamson said, “I have chosen to support War Child charity with this release, donating all profits to their emergency appeal. They are currently working directly with children who are living through terrifying conflicts, offering them safe spaces and delivering life-changing services and support. War Child provide emergency care and the support they need to overcome the emotional and physical toll of conflict, as well as access to services to catch up on lost education that will help to transform their futures for the better. Please help us spread this much needed message of peace”.
Information about contributing to War Child Charity can be found at https://www.warchild.org.uk/