Tonic Music’s “All in this Together” included on South West Fundraising Album

“All in this Together” has been included as a bonus track on the album “Now That’s what I call Glastonbury Calling”, with all the proceeds going towards helping local venues stay open.


Dr John Barnes, Advisor to Tonic Music for Mental Health latest song “All in this Together” has been included as a bonus track on the album “Now That’s what I call Glastonbury Calling”, with all the proceeds going towards helping local venues stay open.

Why has a Somerset psychiatrist written the song “All in this Together”?

At the start of the lockdown John started writing a blog for the charity Tonic Music for Mental Health. Tonic, though based in Portsmouth have been recently working with John, his colleagues and patients in Somerset.

In the blog John wrote about the effect that the conditions in which we are born, grow, live and work have on our mental and physical health. For people with socioeconomic disadvantage living in relatively deprived areas this is a particularly bad one. John settled on the title The Ghost Town Effect for the Blog, referencing the The Specials 1981 hit which highlighted the social problems of the time including “all the clubs being closed down”. The blog makes the case that to make things better needs action in all areas of society to empower local communities to be active with health, social care and grassroots voluntary organisations.

How are local venues helpful to local wellbeing?

John asked Mental Health Social Worker Steph Langan of the aforementioned Portsmouth based Tonic Music for Mental Health to comment on the importance of local venues. Steph reflected on Tonics experience in Portsmouth;

“Grassroots music venues are a vital fabric to every community in every town and City across the UK. They provide a platform for local and emerging artists to learn their craft in front of a home-crowd of family, friends and music lovers hoping to discover the ‘next big thing’ in their local intimate venue. The venue owners and staff provide vital support, advice and guidance to young musicians just starting out and navigating the complexities and often insecurities of the music industry. They provide a vital community benefit to local charities, organisations and colleges who host regular benefit gigs to raise funds for causes within the local area, waiving hire fees and costs to enable greater funds to be raised. Profit margins for grassroots venues are always slim. It’s a tough business at the best of times, never mind during a pandemic. It is vital that we all support our local grassroots venue now more than ever so they can be protected for future generations of music-makers and music-lovers.”

Steph Langan
Founder / Director Tonic Music for Mental Health
Recovery through Music & Art

The self-evident benefits of attending live music performances are probably well understood by the majority of visitors to Glastonbury Calling blog page! There’s also growing well conducted research evidencing health benefits e.g the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing of the over 50’s has found a protective effect at attendance at cultural events on the development of depression in the following 10 years with a “dose effect” of how frequently you go, with a 32% lower risk of developing depression for people who attended every few months 48% lower risk for people who attended once a month or more.

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All In This Together

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