The 2 Bears’ Raf Rundell, Crazy P’s Hot Toddy and French producer Brawther are among the DJs working with free-party collective DiY’s Pete Woosh to fight cancer. They’ve launched The 52 Card Trick, a weekly-drop of music by the Spirit Wrestlers label over 52 weeks to raise funds and awareness for natural healing and holistic approaches to living with cancer, recovery, and prevention.
Other artists involved include DJ Nail (aka Neil Tolliday), Red Rack’em, Laura Lamn, Fila Brazillia’s Steve Cobby, DJ Raph, Andy Riley, Pete Woosh, Schmoov!, Ken Owen, Three Body Trio, Seikou Susso, Yusuke Hasegawa, Mark Fell, Ryan Fell, The Little Typists, Brooks, Sufi Qawwali group Shah e Maardan, Jamie Deep, Coyote, Sophie Fishwick and spoken-word poetry from a collective of conscious poets including the Buddhist Punk and Potent C.
All artists have given their music free. Proceeds will go to Together Against Cancer, Penny Brohn and A.C.T.S (Active Cancer Therapy Support) - three organisations committed to helping those wishing to take a holistic approach to their treatment.
During the project, Spirit Wrestlers will arrange a series of happenings tied with the four seasonal equinoxes and solstices and themed according to each one’s alchemical sign. The Spirit Wrestlers YouTube channel will feature a uniquely-designed digital deck of Spirit Wrestlers playing cards assigned to each week’s release: four suits, four seasons, four elements - 52 cards for 52 weeks.
In December 2015, Pete was diagnosed with highly aggressive head and neck cancer, and subsequently turned down chemotherapy and radiotherapy to embark on a path of self-learning and healing, using cannabis oils and other treatments. By sharing his experiences through The 52 Card Trick, he hopes to offer support, information, and funding for those thinking of taking a natural path.
Commenting on the project, Pete (pictured above) said: “I decided to look into natural cancer treatments and plant medicines due to a personal belief that cancer can be managed naturally and holistically in ways which will have less impact on the individual.”
“Having lived with cancer for over three years, I wanted to share what I’ve learned and signpost options available for those wishing to explore natural treatments. I also believe that the medicinal cannabis prescription should be rolled out and more NHS funding be made available for those seeking non-conventional treatments.
“The 52 Card Trick seeks to raise awareness of this, while bringing musicians together to release some quality music along the way.”
Individual tracks can be purchased for a minimum donation of £2, or fans can purchase an annual subscription for just £50 (over 100 tracks), via the Spirit Wrestlers Bandcamp.
For more information go to spiritwrestlers.co.uk.