Katy Carr speaks with US Film maker Mary Skinner in a series of meetings to discuss the war zone in Ukraine from an artistic and personal perspective. ‘Behind the Lyrics’ is a series where Katy explains the inspiration of her favourite songs. In this episode, Katy performs the song Czerwone maki na Monte Cassino (The Red Poppies on Monte Cassino) which is one of the best-known Polish military songs of World War II. It was composed on 17th May 1944 on the eve of the Polish Victory on 18th May 1944 in Italy, during the Battle of Monte Cassino – the eve of the Polish Army’s capture of the German stronghold. The song’s melody was composed during the night of 17–18 May 1944 by Alfred Schütz, a composer, actor and member of the Polish Soldiers’ Theater garrisoned at Campobasso in the shadow of Monte Cassino. Two opening stanzas were written at that time by Feliks Konarski (“Ref-ren” — “Refrain”), a poet and songwriter and soldier of the Polish II Corps commanded by Major General Władysław Anders a third stanza was added later. This series of talks celebrates Poland and Ukraine friendship as brothers and sisters in arms and we want to share our love for Ukraine and to let our friends and family know that we are thinking of them and sending our love at this darkest of hours. #WeStandWithUkraine For more info on the artists visit the below links : WEBSITES Katy Carr website: https://www.katycarr.com https://www.facebook.com/KatyCarrMusic Mary Skinner – https://www.irenasendlerfilm.com https://www.facebook.com/IrenaSendler SHOP HERE Order Katy’s Albums Paszport – Polonia -Providence https://katycarr.com/shop/ Order Mary’s film ‘Irena Sendler – In the Name of Their Mothers’ https://vimeo.com/ondemand/318438 DONATE to Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid Fund here: On the 24th of February 2022, Russia started a premeditated, unjustified, and unprovoked war against Ukraine. The Embassy of Ukraine to the UK has set up this platform to provide humanitarian support to Ukraine and its people at this link : https://www.withukraine.org/

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