Mercury Prize nominee Ed Harcourt is supporting kid’s entertainment charity The Flying Seagull Project by curating a benefit concert for child refugees at the Union Chapel in London this December.
“I met the Flying Seagulls at the Hop Farm festival a few years ago and was blown away by Ash’s charisma and passion; he was entertaining kids in the family area and afterwards we got talking about the work he did in refugee camps and hospitals, which led to the idea for this benefit gig. It should be a very special night. The Union Chapel is a beautiful venue and to see these performers stripped back and acoustic should be a real treat.” – Ed Harcourt
As well as Ed performing material from his acclaimed new album, Furnaces, the event will feature legendary comic Simon Munnery (The League Against Tedium), Sophie Ellis-Bextor (Murder on the Dancefloor), Carl Barât (of The Libertines), The Magic Numbers (Love’s a Game) and all-girl supergroup Lock (Everlasting Road), with backing from the Dirty Pretty Strings quartet.
“We are incredibly grateful to Ed and his friends for backing our mission to bring happiness, if only for a fleeting moment, to child refugees. These kids have endured terrible hardship. What they need is some playtime, a chance to relax, laugh, sing and dance. The more we raise, the more performers we can send, the longer we can stay and the bigger the impact we can have, so please come along and be part of something amazing, both on the night and for months to come.” – Flying Seagulls founder, Ash Perrin