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Songwriter Drags London’s Old East End into 21st Century London-based songwriter Ruairidh Anderson is shining a light into the cracks and shadows of London’s Old East End thanks to the completion of a unique yearlong musical project. Writing a song a week based on real East End characters and events. June 30, 2010 – London-based songwriter Ruairidh Anderson is shining a light into the cracks and shadows of London’s Old East End thanks to the completion of a unique yearlong musical project. Creating a song and video a week based on real East End characters and events. A Wapping prostitute who introduced marzipan to the UK, Latvian revolutionaries hiding in Whitechapel and even a pensioner credited with saving London’s graveyards all find their way out of the dusty pages of history and onto the song sheet. “I’m not a historian by any means,” the songwriter admits, “the emphasis for me is always on entertainment.” After becoming aware of the enormous songwriting potential offered amongst the stories surrounding London’s East End, the songwriter decided that this was the perfect subject matter for an exhibition of work to be released over 365 days stating “I had heard of artists taking on this song a week challenge but never around one theme and certainly never with the addition of video.” Hosted entirely at his website www.songsfromthehowlingsea.com, songs were released weekly in mp3 format and are made freely available via download. Each song is also accompanied with his own videos giving background information on the material’s inspiration. Having concluded the project this month Anderson will be marking its finale with a free live music event at Carnivale in Whitechapel on Wed July 27th. For further information: songsfromthehowlingsea@hotmail.com


East London Song A Week Project