Musicians unite for charity

SEVERAL Scarborough musicians have contributed tracks for a charity double-CD.

The CD has 35 tracks donated free of charge by performers at Ryedale Live shows since the organisation was launched last year.

Some were recorded specifically for the CD, including Edwina Hayes' version of Joni Mitchell's River, recorded a few weeks ago on a visit to Nashville; Alice Shaw's Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Eoghan Colgan's O Holy Night; and Malton choir Harmonia's version of In the Bleak Midwinter.

The Scarborough performers are Alastair James, Anna Shannon, Amaya Huntly, Billy Nielsen and Raven.

The other contributors include David Swann, Four Quarters and Paul Judge from Ryedale; Andrew Stones, David Ward Maclean, Holly Taymar, Paula Ryan, Stan Graham and Union Central from York; plus London's Leddra Chapman (who was recently on Terry Wogan's breakfast show), Angie Palmer from France, Brooks Williams from the USA, Amrit Sond from Kenya and Janette Geri from Australia.

The CD cover, by Pete Sellers at Cloud Nine Design in Pickering, features children from Ryedale Special Families, which will receive the proceeds from sales.

Ryedale Live's Rob Davies, who organised the CD, says: "The idea started out with us hoping to get 12 or so tracks together and we were overwhelmed with the generosity of our musician friends. It is a truly wonderful collection of music. We hope to sell hundreds of copies and raise lots of money for this worthy cause".

The CD costs 7.99 and can be bought at Mojo's.