Choir on song

SINGLE MINDED: The Union Choir are due to launch their first single ahead of their appearance at Sunderland's Split Festival.
SINGLE MINDED: The Union Choir are due to launch their first single ahead of their appearance at Sunderland's Split Festival.
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A NINE-PIECE collective are preparing to launch their first single as they get set to appear on Sunderland’s Split Festival bill.

The Union Choir will perform on the acoustic stage at the event, to be held at Ashbrooke Sports Club on September 17 and 18.

Ahead of that performance, the band are releasing debut single Eleanor at a show at Cluny 2 in Ouseburn, Newcastle, on Friday, August 5.

The three-track disc is being put out through Cottage Industries Singles Club and was recorded at the Room3 studio in Sunderland.

It has been produced by Neil Bassett, who was in The Golden Virgins and is now performing as part of Hyde and Beast.

The band, who hail from South Shields and surrounding area, was put together by songwriter Jon Melvin as he brought together like-minded musicians.

The Union Choir’s membership has been fluid, but evolved into a nine-piece early last year.

Since then, the group has gained a following through a series of DIY gigs, with early demos attracting attention on music blogs and compared to material by the National, Arcade Fire and Belle and Sebastian.

BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson has become a fan of their work, with Eleanor played on the station and XFM.

The single launch gig will also feature Brilliant Mind, Waiting for Winter and Ajimal.

Doors open at 8pm and admission is £5.