Posted on: January 1st, 2013

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To mark the centenary of the event that sparked the First World War, six artists performed new songs at Glastonbury Festival inspired by their take on the conflict.

One hundred years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on the streets of Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 , the musician and activist Billy Bragg and his hand-picked selection of musicians brought that time to life, providing a contemporary perspective on the war.

Taking place on the Leftfield stage curated by Bragg, the programme included performances by Lucy, singer-songwriter Mat Skinner, folk duo O’Hooley & Tidow, the fiercely political Robb Johnson (who in 1997 composed a song cycle based upon his grandfather’s experience of the First World War), and Sam Duckworth (aka Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly).

You can find more information on the project HERE and you can find out about 1418Now prgramme HERE.

Here is Lucy’s introduction to her song:

Here is Lucy’s song, “Lion”: