Race against time for Lancaster flood victims song

Musicians from the Lancaster area are joining forces to produce a Christmas song for those affected by the floods.

Monday, 14th December 2015, 1:34 pm
All proceeds from the song will be donated to flood victim appeals in Lancashire and Cumbria

James Morrison, Jamie Walker and Luke Paget have created a project called Help The North, and are calling upon anyone with a half decent singing voice to help record the song at The Grand Theatre in Lancaster on Wednesday December 16.

Lancaster district artists Molly Warburton, Amy Jo Clough, Schooltrip, Evie Plumb and others have also pledged their help to create the song.

In a race against the clock, they hope to record, mix, master and release “It Won’t Be Long Til Christmas” within two days.

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James, vocalist and guitarist of Morecambe based Idol Minds, who came up with the idea after being told he would become a community leader in a fortune cookie, said: “We plan to involve as much of the community as possible in the track and we are hosting an event on Wednesday December 16 at Lancaster Grand Theatre from 7-9pm in which the local community can get involved and be a part of the track.

“We will be recording a mass choir singing along to the chorus and will be releasing a short video with these details and a snippet of the chorus for people to familiarise themselves with the track at our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/helpthenorth2015)

“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.”

Luke Paget, drummer with Lancaster band The Feud, said if enough people turn up at The Grand he would mic up the whole theatre to get the best out of all the voices.

James Morrison

He said: “Everyone’s invited and there’ll be a video made on the night as well.

“If any local schools or organisations with a choir want to get involved, please just turn up on the night or contact us via Facebook.

“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 December 18.”

Digital downloads of the track will cost 99p and all proceeds of the release wil go to The Community Foundation for Lancashire Flood Appeal and Cumbria Flood Appeal.

For those wishing to attend on Wednesday, the chorus goes:

And If We

Hold On, Hold On

Together as one

We can build a dream

Yeah if we

Hold On, Hold On

The season will come

For the world to be as one

In time for Christmas


Not long ‘til Christmas time


It won’t be long ‘til Christmas.