Sunderland bands release Christmas album for charity

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TALENTED musicians are plugging in their kit with the Christmas lights as they offer a new soundtrack to the festive period.

Silent Night, Tiny Lights features bands from Wearside and East Durham, who have joined other acts to pen and perform tracks in aid of North East charity, Smile For Life.

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Sunderland’s The Futureheads and The Lake Poets, The Railway Club, which includes members who study at the city’s university and Hannah D’Arcy, from Washington, are among those to contribute.

A Woman of No Importance, who are from the Seaham and Peterlee area, have reformed especially for the project, while Split performers The Union Choir have offered their support.

The Dream of Horses, made up of Union Choir members Jon Melvin and Rebecca Evans, along with her sister Sophie, was formed as a collaboration, with their song Dress It Up in Tinsel bemoaning those who think they are too cool for Christmas.

The album, which can be downloaded and bought on CD, has been put together by Tiny Lights Recordings.

Boss Paul Brown said: “We’re really proud to be working in aid of Smile For Life because they’re a wonderful charity who do amazing work for children in our region and beyond.

“It’s sometimes easy to forget that not everyone always has a great time at Christmas, and we’re extremely grateful for the help of the wonderful musicians who are donating their time and their talent to the project to try and help some children enjoy their lives a little bit more.”

A spokesman for the charity, which helps disabled and disadvantaged children, added: “It is wonderful to see so many North East artist coming together to raise funds for and awareness of our work with disabled and disadvantaged youngsters in our community.”

The organisation plans to use the funds raised to reach even more children during the festive season and has added its thanks to those who have offered their support to the album.

Others who had contributed tracks include So What Robot, In Love, Bonsai Five, The Prison Library, Lionhall, John Egdell, Playlounge, Collider, Blank Maps and Thosebearpaws.

The record will be released at an all-day launch party Nothing Like Christmas, at Cluny 2 in Ouseburn in Newcastle, on Saturday, December 8. A selection of tracks are steaming online at where the album can also be bought.

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