TWENTY six years ago, Bob Geldof and his musical buddies came together to form Band Aid and release the legendary ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ - in 2010 it’s the turn of musicians from all over the Borders to do their bit for charity.
Last month we issued a rallying call for local acts to get involved with the festive project, the brainchild of the Border Community Recording Society, and now the finished article, a Christmas CD is on sale throughout the region after being launched at Mayfield Garden Centre, Kelso on Saturday.
One of the Recording Society’s founding members is Evelyn Brown from Cornhill who said she was really excited to get the album on the shelves.
“Due to the weather we were a bit behind and were literally putting the inserts into the CDs last Friday night, which we never thought we’d be doing, but it was all worth it.
“Although the garden centre manager said that footfall was down because of the snow there were still plenty of people through the doors and we were right near the entrance so caught them straight away.
“We were greeted with lots of cheery faces and I saw a few people dancing through the aisles. I’d like to think they couldn’t wait to get home so they could play the CD!”
If you didn’t make it to Kelso for the launch don’t worry as there are retailers right across the Borders and north Northumberland stocking the album. All the newsagents in Duns have it on their shelves, as do Pearsons and the barbers in Coldstream are also selling it as well as The Music Shop in Bridge Street, Berwick.
A host of local talent answered the rallying call for participants including the Berwick Male Voice Choir, Merse Singers and Gadji and Evelyn described the album as “a real treasure chest” of musical gems.
“Everyone who got involved was so up for it and really enthusiastic,” she continued.
“We’ve ended up with 20 tracks and there really is something for everyone.
“The Merse Singers have recorded a fantastic version of The Coventry Carol; Rachel Waters from Kelso came up with a fantastic original piece as did Pete Carroll of the Scottish Borders Rock School.
“And some kids from Newcastleton Primary School are on the album with a swing arrangement of ‘Away In A Manger’!
“Unfortunately, all the heavy snow put a kybosh on us going out to record some acts including Strum for Fun from Duns. They and we were gutted not to be able to include them.”
Evelyn, and her Recording Society co-founders John Kirk and Christine Wiegold feature on the album, with Evelyn opting to record the classic carol ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ and proceeds from its sales will go to charities that benefit local people, including local branches of organisations such as Macmillan Cancer Support and the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh.
For more information search for Borders Christmas CD or Borders Community Recording Society on Facebook.