Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bonnie Prince Billy & The Cairo Gang To Release Exclusive 10" Single for Haiti Charity

Bonnie Prince Billy & The Cairo Gang will release an exclusive 10" single featuring two previously unreleased songs called “Island Brothers / New Wonder” on February 22nd. 

This Drag City release follows their latest collaboration, last year's The Wonder Show Of The World, and ALL proceeds will benefit the Lousville- based organization, EDGE OUTREACH, in an effort to bring water purification efforts to Haiti

EDGE OUTREACH is a faith-based group (which is to say, Christian, although they have helped out among the Moslems of Pakistan in the last year as well) who have put their energy towards providing grassroots water-purification systems that can be maintained by local populations. Ideally, this diminishes water-born ailments such as cholera. Needless to say, when Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy) was able to check out what they do and how they do it, he found their work very impressive.

It's been a year since the catastrophe in Haiti, and while less is heard about it in the U.S. media, a million people remain homeless, and in October an outbreak of cholera was confirmed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is the first cholera outbreak that Haiti has seen in more than a hundred years, and there have been some 140,000 cases, with the death toll now well over 3,000 people. 

Many people and organizations are working to aid the Haitian people. For their part, EDGE Outreach is looking to educate Haitians on how to provide themselves with safe drinking water; clean, safe water will go a long way towards preventing the spread of cholera. So far, they have trained over twenty Haitians to install and operate water purification systems - but these people now need equipment, tools, and water purifiers.

When you buy "Island Brothers" / "New Wonder," you join EDGE Outreach, Drag City and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang in the effort to help the people of Haiti by providing them with pure water and education. The purification systems and the knowledge will continue to be in use long after the cholera relief efforts have ended. Clearly, this is a very good cause for people very much in need. 

The two-song, 10" single, will resonate with Bonnie Prince Billy & The Cairo Gang's concert attendees from 2010, since both songs were performed by them with Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Danny Kiely and Angel Olsen, who toured the States in the latter half of 2010. 

Special guest Rob Mazurek who also played on Beware, solos delicately on “Island Brothers”, which features stacked harmonies from Bonnie, Cairo and Angel. The careful arrangement of dynamics that marked all the songs on The Wonder Show Of The World is present on both songs, with “New Wonder”, more indicative of the ballad style that was explored throughout the album.

The artwork for the single is a stunning trio of photographs taken by New York Times photographer Damon Winter in Haiti during the times since the earthquake struck over the course of the past year.

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And remember: all proceeds go to EDGE OUTREACH

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