VIDEO: Morecambe and Lancaster singers on top form in new charity record

Local singers Jason McLoughlin, Mark McKenna and Stuart Michaels in the video for 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'.
Local singers Jason McLoughlin, Mark McKenna and Stuart Michaels in the video for 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'.

Musicians who have joined forces for a Christmas-time charity record hope to make it an annual event.

Singers from around the district recorded a version of The Hollies’ ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ to raise money for Unique Kidz & Co.

Last year they did ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ and raised £1,850 for Unique Kidz and organiser Stuart Michaels says they’re planning a third single in 2016.

The Band Aid-style cover version of The Hollies’ number one is accompanied by a slick music video filmed at Smokey O’Connor’s pub in Morecambe.

“Last year we did a really mainstream Christmas song but this year the song represents helping people,” said Stuart.

The song was recorded, mixed and mastered by Neil Gowland of Absolute Recordings and filmed and edited by Mick Kirk of Eye and Eye Productions.

The singers are Andy Creevy, Steven Wren, Dan Doherty, Mike Jackson, Si Thornton, Mark McKenna, Stuart Michaels, Ashleigh Wood, Natasha Bates, Jason McLoughlin, Laura Musgrave, Joe McCorriston, Mandy Butterworth, Megan S, Jesta, Shaphina Bennett Shaw, Robert Taylor and Melanie Horabin.

Musicians are Andrew Walton (drums), Bryan Page (bass), Jeremy Procter (piano), Neil Gowland (guitar), Steffen Staugaard (strings) and Andy Creevy (harmonica).

Unique Kidz supports children with a range of disabilities, organising holiday clubs, after school clubs and weekend trips.

CDs are on sale in the York Hotel, Morecambe, Prestige in Lancaster, the Trimpell, the Royal Bar in Morecambe, Sassparella in Morecambe, LZ Boutique in Morecambe, Emma Harvey in Torrisholme or contact Denise Thwaite on Facebook or on 07939 936199 priced £5 and will also be on sale at a charity event for Unique Kidz & Co at the Trimpell Club on December 20.

The charity event will run from 2pm to 11pm and there will be appearances from Father Christmas and children’s entertainer Allan Strong as well as many of the singers on the record.

Also on the bill will be tributes to Olly Murs, Gary Barlow and Adele, and live music from King Zuckerman and Two Stroke Diesel.

There will be a soft play area, face painting, a raffle, auction and DJ. Mike Jackson will host. Admission £3.