Chairlift launch for anthem

The launch of the official Black Country Anthem got off to a flying start this morning as members of The Empty Can, who wrote the charity song, hitched a ride on our vintage chairlift!

dzg_empty_can_song_1_webAnd the three-piece folk band hopes the sky’s the limit for sales of I Vow to Thee Black Country as proceeds from the song, which celebrates the pride of the Black Country, will go to Wolverhampton-based Compton Hospice.   Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said:?”We hope the single soars and are proud to help launch the anthem from an iconic and much-loved landmark at the heart of the Black Country.”    Lead singer, James Stevens said: “We’d like to thank DZG for helping to host the launch and hope everyone will dig deep into their pockets to buy the anthem.    “Proceeds from sales will go to Compton Hospice which was chosen in dedication to Steve Evans, a great friend of the band, who died in January, aged 52, from stomach cancer.”   Band members James, Rachel Slater and Steven Henley are hoping the single, a vernacular version of Gustav Holst’s I Vow to Thee My Country, will rise through the UK’s Top 40 Download Charts.   The 99p song  – based on a 1921 poem by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice and set to music by Holst –  is available at itunes, amazon, spotify and other major online retailers.   

National Black Country Day, on July 14, will be marked by a festival of activities and events across the region, including dialect lessons for DZG’s Keepers For a Day!

dzg_empty_can_song_1_webAnd the three-piece folk band hopes the sky’s the limit for sales of I Vow to Thee Black Country as proceeds from the song, which celebrates the pride of the Black Country, will go to Wolverhampton-based Compton Hospice.   Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said:?”We hope the single soars and are proud to help launch the anthem from an iconic and much-loved landmark at the heart of the Black Country.”    Lead singer, James Stevens said: “We’d like to thank DZG for helping to host the launch and hope everyone will dig deep into their pockets to buy the anthem.    “Proceeds from sales will go to Compton Hospice which was chosen in dedication to Steve Evans, a great friend of the band, who died in January, aged 52, from stomach cancer.”   Band members James, Rachel Slater and Steven Henley are hoping the single, a vernacular version of Gustav Holst’s I Vow to Thee My Country, will rise through the UK’s Top 40 Download Charts.   The 99p song  – based on a 1921 poem by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice and set to music by Holst –  is available at itunes, amazon, spotify and other major online retailers.   

National Black Country Day, on July 14, will be marked by a festival of activities and events across the region, including dialect lessons for DZG’s Keepers For a Day!