Milton Keynes musician to make music with fellow artists at refugee camp in Calais

Ian roberts
Ian roberts

A Milton Keynes musician is swapping Milton Keynes for the so-called ‘jungle’ camp in Calais to make music with the musicians who live there.

Ian Roberts will visit Calais next month to work with his fellow music makers on a brand new song.

“I am massively excited.

“I have been chatting to some amazing people from The Calais Sessions who have set up a recording studio there and released an album showcasing the talents of those musicians who are living in the camp,” he said.

Explaining his reasons for giving his support, Ian said: “I think it’s important on a human level to do all we can to help others.

“These people have been to hell and back through no fault of their own.

“They have had to flee their homes with their families just to survive and give themselves a chance at some sort of future,” he said.

“I have children and I know I would have done exactly the same thing to save my family, so it’s heartbreaking to see and hear what’s happened to these families. They have done nothing wrong, they are the victims.

“So when I was offered the chance to help out in the only way I know how, I couldn’t say yes quick enough.”

The single will be released later in the year and all profits will be going back into the camp, ‘to help those who need it most,’ Ian said.

He is now appealing to other musicians in Milton Keynes to help the project by donating any unwanted instruments to the cause.

“If you have any old acoustic guitars or ukuleles or mandolins and Darbuka drums hanging around gathering dust, please donate them to us.

“The musicians have been starved of instruments and will love them and play them every single day with massive smiles on their faces.”

Ian will depart for his musical mission in July 21, but between now and then wants to gather together as many instruments as he can fit into his campervan.

If you can help, email ian@ianrobertsmusic.org