Justice for Licensees to launch charity music single

10 May 2010 by
Justice for Licensees to launch charity music single

Justice for Licensees (JFL) has enlisted a country and western singer to produce a charity single in aid of the British pub.

The pressure group said it would work closely with British-born artist and producer Bob James to produce a single as well as possible benefit concerts "very shortly".

JFL said that both it and James were "acutely aware" that pub closures were affecting musicians and acts because of the reduced number of venues to perform in.

Any money the single raises is expected to be donated to help the Save the Great British Pub campaign, which now has more than 400,000 members.

Inez Ward, JFL founder, said: "It is imperative that different areas that rely on the Great British pub work together to benefit the pub, it is, after all, in all parties' interest.

"I have been working with Bob for nearly a year now, he is as passionate as I about pubs and the negative influences on them, we decided that by working together that we could and will make a difference. We are both fervent in our belief and passion and I am thankful to Bob for his continued support and efforts."

James said: "I think what is needed here is something that brings this nonsense to everyone's attention. Pubs affect many people's social circle. I began my career as did so many musicians of our era and previous era's, performing in pubs. It was whilst playing in pubs that I was asked to take part in Country Music Europe, if it had not of been for pubs I may not have been recognised. I honestly feel we could make this work."

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