This is the final part of the Rumbling Clouds of War story which covers the journey of Władysław Kluzek as he moved across Europe. He managed to survive the 1939 invasion of Poland only to be interned in a camp. After this he moved across Europe to find himself in France around May 1940 where he came under French command. At this point he engaged in fighting again. After this he was transferred to the United Kingdom and arrived late June 1940 at which point he came under British command. It was in Scotland that he eventually met his future wife and emigrated to Australia to become a farmer.
This project was an exploration of my imaginings and research about my Grandfather. He died many years ago. He didn’t talk much about this time and as I did some research, I think it started to make sense as to why. The story isn’t particular exceptional. Lots of civilians and military people must have made their way across Europe during this time. And most I suspect were subjected in some way to the horrors of war. I know Władysław was. So this is a reflection on what that must have felt like for him and all those others that made it through or didn’t. There was, for my Grandfather, a life beyond World War II. For many others there wasn’t.
I didn’t anticipate releasing this during a major global crisis but I also didn’t see any point in delaying it more than it had been already. All I can think of is that we will all be on the other side of this at some point. I genuinely hope that you reading this are OK and that your loved ones are also.
Part 3 of 4 animations looking at the journey of Władysław Kluzek during WWII.
Having escaped an internment camp, Władysław heads towards Budapest. On his journey he crosses the frozen Danube.
Part 2 of 4 animations looking at the journey of Władysław Kluzek during WWII.
Germany invade Poland. Władysław is caught with his regiment in Poland as it is invaded and faces the horrors of war. He escapes from an internment camp and moves towards Budapest.
Part 1 of 4 animations looking at the journey of Władysław Kluzek during WWII.
The start of the Second World War. Władysław is called for National Service and leaves his home to join the Polish Army.
What a time to release something. I hope you are all well and for those who have continued to follow/listen to the band I’d like to send out a very genuine thank you.
The Doomed Bird of Providence will be releasing an EP (cd/digital) in about a month’s time. It is a real departure from the previous release (Burrowed Into the Soft Sky). It is based on the story of Władysław Kluzek, a Polish soldier who crossed across Europe through the harshest conditions during WWII. Władysław is Mark Kluzek’s Grandfather.
Preceding the release four animations depicting parts of Władysław’s story will be released weekly up until the release date. The first animation will come out Monday 23/3/20.
More news soon!
Hi All, The Doomed Bird of Providence have a new release on the horizon. New direction, new label. All good! Watch this space.
‘Do yourself a favour’ and pick up the GhostShips debut here: https://michaelplater.bandcamp.com/album/ghostships
Two songs from Michael Plater and Mark from The Doomed Bird, bass from Staff Glover, violin from Angela Chan and percussion from Tony Millman. The whole thing was a bit of a cross-continent affair and as much as it won’t right a large sum of the wrongs in the world we believe it’s worthy of your attention – so give it a listen!
Ghostships is a collaboration between Michael Plater and members of The Doomed Bird of Providence. It also includes contributions from Tony Millman and Angela Chan. Released on Laily Recordings on May 1st 2019. D/L only – it will be available to purchase here. This is the debut release. Two songs. One written by Michael, the other by Mark Kluzek.
Thanks to everyone that came to the show at Ipswich. Wonderful event with both Polly Preacher and These are End Times doing outstanding sets. Really great audience. Thanks Jason from Antigen for putting us on the bill.
The Doomed Bird are currently developing some new pieces for a release. Again a departure from what’s been done before. Thanks to those who have continued to listen and support the band.