‘A song for the Chilterns’ anti-HS2 song aiming for festive No.1

HS2 protest song by Dirty Mavis band
HS2 protest song by Dirty Mavis band

A BUCKS-BASED band is trying to reach the Christmas number one spot with its HS2 protest single.

The song, called Oak Tree Lament (Did You Stop the HS2?), is written by Martin Davis of Great Brickhill.

Mr Davis, who is the frontman of six piece band, Dirty Mavis, opposes the £32 billion scheme on environmental grounds.

He said: “The idea came from a chance meeting with a man who was organising the Speen Festival.

“He was looking for a protest song, and to be honest I was quite naive about the whole thing so I started looking into it.

“A while later, when I was walking my dog, I saw a red kite flying above the Chilterns and the song came to me.

“It was really the result of walking the woods with my dog.”

Dirty Mavis formed in 1997, and each year perform an annual gig in aid of the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home.

To date, the group has raised £15,000 for the charity.

Oak Tree Lament is a folk record.

It opens with singing over an acoustic guitar, and gradually builds.

The song is available to download from iTunes from Monday December 19.

The Stop HS2 campaign group will receive 15p from every download.

The single is also available to buy through text message – text TRACK 7655 to 80818 (texts cost £1).

A launch party for the song takes place on Saturday at Lacey Green Village Hall.

The party is £10 for entry, and features a buffet.

Before releasing the record, Dirty Mavis performed it to leaders of the Stop HS2 campaign group in November, to gauge their reactions.

The committee was so impressed, they requested for it to become the official Stop HS2 protest song.

Campaign coordinator, Joe Rukin, said: “We’ve been really impressed by the band.

“They have put in a lot of effort and the song is absolutely brilliant.

“Not only does it make the point in a way that gives you goose pimples, but also, unlike so many songs at this time of year, it actually sounds like a Christmas song.

“I know that if people hear the track they will love it and I hope that translates into them buying it.

“We need our supporters to pull the stops out with this one.

“Not only get behind the campaign, but go to their friends and relatives and get them behind it too.

“We hope this initiative will get more people to back the campaign at this crucial time.

“The whole thing has to be scrapped because there is no business case, no environmental case and no money to pay for it.”

To watch the official video and details about Dirty Mavis, visit the official website at www.oaktreelament.org.uk