Bristol-based artists have recorded over 1,000 love songs in 46 languages during their trips to an RV studio.
Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse traveled over 50,000 km across Europe in the mobile studio as part of their Oh Europa project, recording tracks sung by strangers they met along the way.
The duo called Action Hero have been working together for 15 years and are currently in Bristol to invite people to participate.
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“Despite our many differences, we felt that love is something we all have in common,” Gemma said. Bristol live.
“We all have a love experience, even if it is heartbreaking. We thought it was a beautiful way for people living in Europe to share a space together.”
All songs collected in Bristol will be part of a local radio special this fall on Ujima and BCFM. They will then be added to a permanent archive containing all the songs recorded in Europe over the past three years.
Since most people sing in their native language and others sing their own songs, there haven’t been many covers. However, Elvis Presley I can’t help but fall in love with you was a common choice.
The most popular song on the tour was a Hungarian folk song called Tavaszi szél vizet áraszt (translated as the spring wind floods the water).
Gemma and James have already visited Clifton, Easton, Barton Hill and St Pauls on their tour. They must stop at the Filwood Community Center this Saturday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They say “all voices are welcome”.
One of the participants, Mark of Sea Mills, performed the Carpenters song from 1972. The roof of the world. He said he chose it because “it’s a positive song” and he remembers his dad playing a lot as a kid.
“I’ve never done anything like this before and wanted to get out of my comfort zone,” he said. Bristol live.
Another participant, Guild, also sang a familiar song that he remembers from his childhood.
The 23-year-old artist, who left Somalia for the UK at the age of six, has fond memories of the song when he first moved to the UK.
He added, “I remember being in the car with my dad and playing the song on a tape, it was the first track on the tape, so I was still hearing it. It’s a love song. Somali on loneliness. “
Action Hero will be moving their tour to Bedford in mid-October before taking a winter break.
Oh Europe in Bristol is presented in collaboration with MAYK (the producers behind Mayfest, the Bristol International Theater Festival) and supported by Bristol Doors Open, The Plow Easton, Wellspring Settlement, St Pauls Learning Center and Filwood Community Center.
It is supported by an Originators City Arts Fund through Bristol City Council.
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