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I Vow to Thee Black Country

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27 May 2014

Local band, The Empty Can, visited BCLM today to launch the Black Country Anthem song 'I Vow to Thee Black Country', a re-working of the patriotic classic, I Vow to Thee My Country.

Look out for the Museum, as we welcomed BBC Midlands Today, ITV Central, BBC Radio WM and the Express & Star who were all keen to meet the band, find out about the anthem and highlight it in today's news.

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The original song, 'I Vow to Thee My Country', dates back to 1921 when a poem by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice was set to music by Gustav Holst. Professional musician and youth worker James Stevens,  re-wrote the words of the song to match the Black Country's heritage and birthplace of craft and industry.

Gornal lad, James is joined in The Empty Can by NHS nurse Rachel Slater, who is a nurse from Gornal, and lead guitarist Steven Henley, from Kingswinford, who works for a local family business.

The song was acclaimed as the Black Country anthem by locals on popular facebook pages The Only Way is Dudley and Black Country Day. Compton Hospice was chosen as the charity in /media/news/library/140527_230_photo.jpgdedication to Steve Evans, a former Wolverhampton City Council worker, magician, comedian and keen fisherman, who unfortunately lost his two year battle to stomach cancer in January aged just 52.

The anthem will mark national Black Country Day on July 14.

The single is now available on itunes, spotify, amazon, google play and other online retailers, from just 79p with all proceeds going to Compton Hospice.

The Empty Can will headline the Black Country Living Museum's festival in September with the new anthem for the Black Country Night

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