What an absolute stormer of a night we had at the Central in Stainforth recording The Hatfield Brigade Choir for our forthcoming Christmas single ‘Merry Christmas From Hatfield Main’.
I finished mixing tonight and have sent it off for mastering so we are on schedule for a late November release on i-tunes and a push for Christmas No.1 with the backing of the UK Miner’s Pension Scheme for Justice and Fair Play Association and Peter Stefanovic.
All proceeds from sales of the song will be sent to a fighting fund for causes local to the Doncaster area and the former pit villages for anyone struggling under austerity, and my hope is that if the song captures imaginations out there that fund will be topped up by sales every year meaning we leave a legacy which ensures a Christmas for those who would otherwise miss out.
As Les Moore says, the miners owe a debt of honour for the Christmas they were given in 1984 when people from all over the world chipped in to help them out, and this is their way of paying that debt back.
The event was filmed by both Michael Lee Toas of MLT Productions and a crew from BBC East Midlands, and from their footage a music video to accompany the song will land very shortly.
A MASSIVE thank you to all who turned out and made it such a great night, but biggest thanks of all must go to Dean and all at the Central for making it Christmas for the cameras and then having to take it all down and put Halloween back up after we’d gone. Top work Dean, thank you.
A lot of donations came in both for DN7 Community Food Band AND socks, gloves, hats and jackets for my #SocksAppeal for the homeless which will soon be winging its way to Pauline Town and straight to the front line, so thanks to all who came with donations.
Here’s a brief video of myself and Les being interviewed by Peter Stefanovic about the song and what we hope for it to achieve.