The Jar Family 1914

The Jar Family find hope among the madness in their latest song, 1914

The Centenary of the Great War is commemorated by Hartlepool’s industrial folk collective The Jar Family with a touching and poignant tune, 1914.

1914 was written and sung by the band’s youngest member Max Bianco, who composed the song when a similar age to many of the soldiers who fought in the war.

Max Bianco told ArtsCulture: “This is not a song about the glory of war. It’s a tribute by a peace-loving bloke struggling to make sense of it all. It’s my attempt at finding some hope among the madness.”

The wistful video was directed by Simon Blake, whose first feature film ‘Still’ starring Aiden Gillen (The Wire, Game of Thrones) is hotly anticipated and will be released later this year.

Available from November 3, 2014 (that’s from today, people) is an evocative and heartfelt tribute to the 10 million military personnel on both sides who lost their lives in the conflict.

The song was produced by Rupert Christie, who has worked with U2, Coldplay and Bellowhead, and it was recorded at the legendary Monnow Valley Studios in Wales.

There next outing is at Stockton Fireworks (November 5, 2014), where they’ll be playing to 60,000 people to celebrate 50 years of legendary British Rock with a stunning annual fireworks display.

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