WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS performs the song "HEAR YOUR HEART" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY EBRU DENGİZ
MICROPHONES BY RODE
“‘Pittsburgh” is a record about two things,’ so says Pennsylvania native William Fitzsimmons, concerning his new 7-song collection named for the steel city. “It’s a memorial for my grandmother, who lived her whole life there, and it’s an honorarium to my hometown.”
Fitzsimmons produced, performed, and mixed nearly the entire record on his own, something he hasn’t done since 2006’s “Goodnight” album.
It's his seventh album.
Charleroi is the second half of the Pittsburgh story. The Pittsburgh album was about the grandmother William Fitzsimmons knew. Charleroi is about the one he never did.
William’s father was born to a woman who would go on to have 5 children, none of whom she raised. Some were taken into custody of the state of Pennsylvania. Others were placed for adoption. William’s father, as an infant, was returned to the hospital dangerously sick with whooping cough. He was left there for several months. No one from his family would ever return for him. Finally, many months later, he was adopted by a kind doctor who became his father. Never knowing his birth family, or why he was left, it was assumed that mystery would remain forever. And thus this story was written upon William’s father, and from him, written upon William.
In 2015, after over 60 years of wondering and waiting, the family was finally found. William’s biological grandmother having deceived the remainder of the family by telling them the baby died at the hospital, William’s father was never sought out. Sadly his mother passed away several years before having a chance to ever see her lost son again. Or ever meet the sons which came from him.
William never had the opportunity to meet or know his grandmother Thelma. In writing these pieces he hopes to do so in some small way. She was from Charleroi, Pennsylvania. These songs are about her.
CREDITS / SPONSORS
Producer: Ebru Dengiz
Sound: Emre Özegemen
Location: İKSV - http://www.iksv.org/
Special Thanks: Salon İKSV, Ayşe Zeynep Güldiken
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