Musicians have banded together to produce a new Christmas song in aid of flood victims in Lancashire and Cumbria.
Artistes including X-Factor finalist Paul Akister are collaborating in a project called “Help The North” which will support those affected in areas like Lancaster, St Michael’s on Wyre and Carlisle.
Performers like James Morrison of Morecambe-based Idol Minds, Jamie Walker, Luke Paget, Amy Jo Clough, Molly Warburton and Schoolrip got together at the Grand Theatre in Lancaster last night to record “It Won’t Be Long Till Christmas.” Members of the local community were also invited along to take part in the recording the track and feature in a short video.
“We’re hoping that as many local businesses and community members as possible will get behind the project and hopefully we can make it a huge success and raise a large amount of money for the flood appeals,” said James Morrison who is vocalist and guitarist with Idol Minds.
James came up with the idea after being told in a fortune cookie message he would become a community leader.
Luke Paget, drummer with Lancaster band The Feud, said if enough people turned up at the Grand he would mic up the whole theatre to get the best from all the voices.
He said: “We really want as many people as possible to get involved. It’s going to be a quick turnaround on the song, but we hope to have it released on iTunes by Friday.”
Local radio station The Bay is due to exclusively air the track today proir to its release.
Digital download of the tack will cost 99p and proceeds will go to the Community Foundation for Lancashire Flood Appeal and Cumbria Flood Appeal.