Banbury musicians’ recording is a Christmas number one for charity

Christmas Single Acoustic Journey NNL-150112-112938001
Christmas Single Acoustic Journey NNL-150112-112938001

A troupe of Banbury minstrels has recorded a Christmas single to raise money for a charity for disabled children.

The musicians assembled at the town centre rock bar, The Atic, to record Mariah Carey’s monster hit, All I Want For Christmas is You and the single was launched on Sunday to coincide with the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights.

Bar owner Ryan Mold said: “After I saw the re-release of the Band Aid single last year I wondered if we as a local community couldn’t do something like that.

“We chose the song because it’s fun and simple and picked Let’s Play charity, which organises events and activities for disabled children, because they’d done a fundraiser here using local bands.

“I asked all the musicians to come down wearing Christmas jumpers but they didn’t know til they got here what we were doing. The recording equipment was brought in specially. Ben Atkinson of Ats Films filmed it, I directed it amd Tom Stilgoe was the audio technician.

“It took all day but it was really fun. The video went up on You Tube on Sunday and it’s really hit the ground running. People are loving it - we’ve had lots of positive feedback.

Christmas Single Charlie Leavy NNL-150112-112921001

Christmas Single Charlie Leavy NNL-150112-112921001

“My dream is to get Mariah Carey to share it - it would get such a huge audience. I keep tweeting her.”

Viewers can watch the video online and text LPPB01 to 70070 to donate £2 to Let’s Play.

To watch the film go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=voTf5n8Dn8E&feature=youtu.beor see the link on the Banbury Guardian website - banburyguardian.co.uk. Sixteen Banbury singers took part in the recording. They included Rosie Samaras, Molly Davies, Freddy La Cragg, Patrick Foley, Patrick McCallion, Charlie Leavy, Matty Keefe and Stuart Layzell.

Also performing were two bands, Slate Hearts (Ellis Currell, Will Grant and Ed Gallyot) and Acoustic Journey (Andrew Jones, Ben Gurney and Andy Sammons).

Christmas single Freddy Cragg NNL-150112-114603001

Christmas single Freddy Cragg NNL-150112-114603001

The festive studio crew included Tony Tulloch, Mary Bell and Flo.

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Christmas single group NNL-150112-113333001

Christmas single Molly Davies NNL-150112-114530001

Christmas single Molly Davies NNL-150112-114530001

Christmas single Patrick McCallion NNL-150112-114616001

Christmas single Patrick McCallion NNL-150112-114616001

Christmas single Slate Hearts NNL-150112-114433001

Christmas single Slate Hearts NNL-150112-114433001

Christmas single Stuart Layzell NNL-150112-114906001

Christmas single Stuart Layzell NNL-150112-114906001

Christmas single, Rosie Samaras and Molly Davies NNL-150112-114455001

Christmas single, Rosie Samaras and Molly Davies NNL-150112-114455001

Christmas Single Matty Keefe NNL-150112-113458001

Christmas Single Matty Keefe NNL-150112-113458001