This is a fantastic story, and a gorgeous rendition of Neko Case’s Star Witnesscreated in a school stairwell (for echo) with 2 voices and a ukelele. They’re trying to save their school, the Peterborough Collegiate Vocational School, an arts-focused institution in Ontario.
Canadian students Kate Macdonald and Janelle Blanchard recorded a version of Neko Case’s brooding “Star Witness” on a school staircase and the result moved Case to tears. “Wow. That just made me bawl my eyes out,” she tweeted. “What beautiful singers. I’m not worthy… Holy god. They broke the shit out of my heart!!” Mine, too. They accomplish this with a ukelele, angelic voices, a talent for harmony - and a mission to save their school.
The Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School houses an arts-intensive program that draws creative students from the Toronto area. But, in September, the local school board voted to close the school. It is the only school in downtown Peterborough and is described by locals as vital to the life of the community.
- Bob Moses