Berwick musicians compile Christmas CD for charity

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A NEW charity CD featuring a host of Berwick musicians is being released today to raise money for a number of local schools and Berwick Youth Project.

One of the artists, Iain Petrie, also produced the collection, which is called ‘Bridge & Bauble’.

The project has been a whirlwind one, with recording, producing and publicising all done in just over two weeks.

But with the Berwick music scene thriving, Iain knew this was the right time to do it.

“The music scene up here is really, really healthy at the moment,” he said. “The Frontier Festival in September was a terrific event and showed just what could happen when local talent is brought together.

“So I thought I’d just put the idea out there of doing a Christmas CD to a few musicians and fortunately they were keen.

“I mainly reached out to people I’ve worked with such as Electric Penelope and Gary Miller.”

Christmases of yesteryear saw festive anthems such as Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’, Wizzard’s ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ and Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ hogging the upper echelons of the Top 40 but this has become a thing of the past.

“The ‘X Factor’ has effectively killed off real Christmas songs as most people don’t bother releasing them anymore,” Iain continued. “Traditional Christmas songs are meant to be cheesy and predictable and the one I’ve come up with for the CD certainly fits into that category but I told the other musicians that they didn’t necessarily have to go down that route. The album’s got some piano- 
driven ballads, some rockier songs and some darker numbers.

“As I expected it would be, the quality of the music is fantastic.”

It didn’t take too long for Iain to decide which causes the CD should benefit. “Merrick Thomson from the Youth Project is a great friend of mine,” he explained. “I’ve done a fundraising gig for her in the past and the project is such a great and valuable facility for the town to have. I have a strong affinity for the pressures young people go through.

“As well as providing homeless accommodation and giving advice on the dangers of drugs and other things, the Youth Project nourishes youngsters’ creativity and builds their confidence.”

One of the artists featured on ‘Bridge & Bauble’ is Ayton’s Tasha Blackmore, and Iain said he’d been busy working on a single with her which should be released next month. “Tasha is a fantastic talent, she has a great voice and it’s been a pleasure working with her,” he added. “I’ve been working 15-16 hour days trying to ‘Bridge & Bauble’ finished so things are incredibly busy at the moment.

“Id quite like to do my own album at some point but I’ve not had the time.”

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