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Inspired by Billy Bragg's recent Mother's Day video release for his song "Can't Be There Today," City Winery and Bragg are co-producing a special multi-artist Mother’s Day concert that will be broadcast on YouTube on May 10th, 2020 beginning at 5 PM Eastern Time.

A private YouTube concert viewing link will be e-mailed to all ticket buyers two hours before the show begins on Sunday, May 10. 100% of net ticket proceeds will be donated to The United Nations Foundation fund addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We've invited artists from the extended City Winery family to perform with Billy, Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steve Earle, Shovels & Rope, Rufus Wainwright, Richard Thompson, The Indigo Girls, Jorma Kaukonen, Todd Snider,  KT Tunstall, Loudon Wainwright, Amy Helm, Joseph Arthur, Stella Donnelly, Andrew Bird, Fink, Joan Osborne, The Mountain Goats.  More to be Announced...WFUV's Rita Houston will host the event. Families around the world will be able to connect virtually through this shared experience, celebrating all mothers everywhere through music while supporting those in need.  

"The coronavirus pandemic is going to affect our lives in ways we've yet to grasp," says Bragg. "In the coming months, most of us will be forced to miss family gatherings, including Mother's Day which in the UK fell on the first weekend of isolation. My new song touches on the emotional cost of this crisis."

This live version of “Middle of the Night” was recorded in Belgium at the Dranouter Festival on July 31, 2014. The song originally appeared on my 2010 CD, 10 Songs For The New Depression. What with The Great Recession of 2008 things seemed pretty tough back then and my plan was to offer musical solace to a nation while cashing in on the hard times - win, win you might say. After Donald Trump was elected I found myself finishing my shows with “Middle of the Night.” Again I had a dual purpose - to acknowledge the scary weirdness of the time, yet also hold out some hope that we’d get through it somehow. Now it’s the spring of 2020 and things couldn’t possibly be scarier and we don’t know when, how, or even if it all will end. At this point offering solace and hope regarding COVID-19 might seem like whistling in the dark but, as the saying goes, it’s all I’ve got. - LW3

New song from Loudon... for these difficult times.

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