TEESSIDE UNITES FOR CHARITY CHRISTMAS SONG
A Band Aid-style Christmas song featuring the great and the good of the Teesside music scene is set to give local kids’ causes a festive fundraising boost.
All proceeds from sales of ‘One Love’ by local super band Teesside United will be donated to the Finlay Cooper Fund, the charity formed by ex-Boro star and Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper and his wife Julie in memory of their son, Finlay.
The song, which had its first public airing on the Riverside Stadium PA system at half-time on Saturday, is now available to download from Bandcamp and will be available via Amazon on CD by the end of the week.
Matthew Chipchase, lead singer of popular local band Young Rebel Set, was joined by Mark Evans, Andy Parmley and Jimmy Beck in rewriting the lyrics of one of the band’s existing songs to create the Teesside Christmas anthem.
Produced by music engineer Callum Rattray and mixed by Paddy Jordan, the song features many of Teesside’s most well-known musicians.
Matthew leads the vocals on the ‘One Love’ with local singers Samantha Durnan, Kim Blair, Sean Crichton of Abel Raise the Cain, Josh Mannion, Dan and Michael Spooner of Weird Shapes, Paul Sudlow of the Funk Collective, Naomi Lowe of the Southmartins and male vocal choir Infant Hercules.
Featured musicians include Wildcats of Kilkenny frontman Mike McGrother on fiddle plus Young Rebel Set members Andy and Chris Parmley, Mark and Luke Evans, with Paddy Jordan playing several instruments including piano.
Former Young Rebel Set band member Paddy recorded the song with music tech students from Stockton Riverside College Bede Sixth Form, where he is a lecturer and manager.
From an original idea by John Christie, owner of Stockton micro pub The Golden Smog, the project won support from the musicians and singers thanks to great work by Paddy and Jimmy, owner of Stockton nightspots Ku-Bar and The Storytellers.
John explained: “Having held a really successful fundraiser for local people affected by austerity, a few of us thought it would be great to record a Christmas album for charity.
“The logistics of such an ambitious project proved impossible to overcome but Paddy and Jimmy did a fantastic job pulling together all the local singers and musicians, who were all keen to give up their time to help local kids. The final result is brilliant.”
Paddy added: “It took some organising but fortunately everyone was so supportive and just said ‘Tell me where and when’ when we asked them to get involved.
“I was tasked with putting together something that sounded Christmassy, so I threw everything I could at it – including sleigh bells! I’m pretty happy with the final product and it was certainly good to hear it played at the Riverside.
“Now I’m just hoping people go out and buy it, whether they like it or not, because it’s a great way of doing some good for charity.”
Jimmy added: “I originally thought it would be pretty tongue-in-cheek but I’m overwhelmed with the finished product.”
The Storytellers is hosting a charity gig featuring many of the artists featured on ‘One Love’ this Sunday night, December 20 , with admission just £4 on the door. All proceeds will also go to Finlay Cooper Fund, as will those from the pub’s Christmas quiz on December 23.
Colin Cooper, who launched the charity when his son Finlay lost his life in a choking accident shortly before his second birthday in 2002, said he and wife Julie are “over the moon” with the song.
“I think it’s a terrific song with very special lyrics. It’s incredibly heart-warming to know that so many people have gone out of their way to make it happen and do some good.
“We’d ask people to download the song or buy the CD, and we promise to ensure all the money raised will help kids who really need it right here on Teesside.”
John and Jimmy have funded the project from their own pockets, while Teesside United also thanked Paul Burns from Teesside Music Alliance for copying the CDs and Matt Cole for producing the CD cover artwork.
- To download ‘One Love’ by Teesside Together, for the price of just £1, visit http://teessideunited.bandcamp.com/ now or Amazon from the start of next week.
- The CD will be available to purchase, priced £4, by this Friday from The Golden Smog, The Storytellers and from the Wildcats of Kilkenny’s sell-out Christmas gigs. It will also be available via www.finlaycooperfund.co.uk