Road to Peace - A Film About the Dalai Lama
“Love and Compassion are the pillars of world peace. Peace starts within each of us.” - The Dalai Lama
Katie composed Love and Compassion to accompany the award-winning film about the Dalai Lama, Road to Peace directed by Leon Stuparich. Katie performed the song at the Film premiere at Prince Charles Cinema June 2012, the Union Chapel DVD launch in April 2013 and at the start of the Road to Peace Pilgrimage 2015.
Included on the soundtrack, featuring music by Grammy Nominee Nawang Khechog.
The False Beards
Ben Mandelson (baritone bouzouki, mandolin) has a chequered band CV including the legendary 3 Mustaphas 3, Magazine, Orchestra Jazira, Billy Bragg's Blokes, Les Triaboliques and lately the Yiddish Twist Orchestra.
Ian Anderson (guitar, slide guitar, vocals) came to fame with Ian Anderson's Country Blues Band in the great UK blues disaster of '68/'69, later working solo (as Ian A. Anderson on the cult Village Thing label) and as a member of Hot Vultures, the English Country Blues Band and Tiger Moth.
Ben and Ian have also played in a few bands together over the past 25 years – from Tiger Moth spin-off Orchestre Super Moth in the 1980s to the album Stubble and a UK tour as the Blue Blokes 3, their trio with PiL's Lu Edmonds, in 2009. But it was only in 2011 that the lightbulb switched on to tell them that they could be a duo, like falling off the proverbial log. And so, the False Beards . . .
Crikey! Between them they have a combined back-of-envelope-calculated total of 90+ years of live gigging and 80+ years of recording more than 30 albums in their individual right (and that’s not including session work and production for others, singles and all sorts of side projects). So all this experience shines through a repertoire where an English take on old time folk blues might seamlessly segue into a West African melody, an imaginative song from an unlikely source might acquire a Greek flavour, or a traditional murder ballad might head into folkadelia territory – all wrapped up in some virtuoso twanging, a relaxed and witty presentation and dodgy facial hair.
“adventurous . . . good natured . . . dazzling . . . a classy and entertaining new duo." (The Guardian)
“Guest Katie Rose takes on the vocals for these tracks and her presence adds a nice point of contrast to Anderson's singing elsewhere. In being reminiscent of the classic 1970s folk voice she manages to point up the essential Englishness of these songs.”
“They switch between West African melodies, ragtime protest from the 1920s and Louisiana blues, and are joined by the fine singer Katie Rose for the traditional Lord Allenwater, and rework the Stones's Paint It Black, with an unlikely jaunty Greek edge. Classy and enormous fun.”