In this remarkable show, award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan shares the stories of the many inspirational women who challenged expectations by serving in the first world war.
Louise’s research in creating this show has taken her to Flanders, to the battlefields of the Somme, through the doors of museums and research centres, and brought her into contact with historians and authors as well as some of the relatives of these incredible women. During her performance Louise draws on this research to share anecdotes and photographs which bring these stories to life.
Expect to hear songs that span the full range of human emotion from the triumphant waltz Pride of the Army about matron Ada Yorke, to the call to arms of Toil, Women, Toil – a marching song inspired by the army of women workers at Priddy’s Hard in Hampshire; from the urgency of Queen of Spies about British agent and French national Louise de Bettignies, to the haunting Endless Days about Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm who set up a first aid post on the Front Line in the bombed out village of Pervijse.
“This is a gutsy and meticulously researched project… an arresting album and an important historical document.”Songlines
“Jordan has approached her subject with the diligence of a scholar and the heart of an artist …It is in responses like this set of songs that our collective cultural memories are kept alive…”R2
“Jordan has produced one of the most touching and powerful folk albums of the year so far.”Sunday Express