GLASTONBURY DUO'S TOP 40 BID: RECORDING SHOREHAM ON 8TH FEB FOR LEUKAEMIA SINGLE
By sensorypulse | Thursday, January 23, 2014, 18:45
Alternative folk duo The Portraits, who played at 2013's Glastonbury Festival, perform at St Peter & St Paul Church in Shoreham on 8th February 2014 and are appealing for local voices to sing on the recording of their new single 'The Rest Of Time' with which they hope to reach the Top 40.
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The track, written about the power we each have to save a life, will accompany an urgent call for people to sign up to the Bone Marrow register at a time when many potential recipients still die before finding a donor match. The song will be heard in public for the first time at The Portraits' Shoreham concert, where the audience themselves will record one of several layers of voices that will be used on the final version of the single, planned for release in the summer.
For pianist and songwriter Jeremy Millington, the subject of the song and the cause are close to his heart following the death of his diplomat father Graham from Leukaemia a decade ago.
"My dad could have had more time," Jeremy says, "if the doctors had found a bone marrow match for him, which they tragically couldn't. I have always wanted to do something to raise awareness of the need for people to become donors to prevent others suffering the same loss that my family and I did."
The Portraits take a serious business approach to their careers, and have achieved many goals through
careful calculation and planning. The new single project is no exception, as Jeremy explains.
"Success as an independent musician is a game of numbers and of being realistic about what you can
achieve. We'll repeat our Shoreham recording plan across the country over the next few months, ending up with a huge collage of voices. With so many involved, credited, and having an interest in its success, we're confident our song can land a place in the singles chart. The publicity generated has the potential to save lives and show that regular people can achieve something incredible."
The Portraits' were formed in 2005 by husband and wife Lorraine and Jeremy Millington, from Galway and Bristol respectively. In 2010 their penchant for writing politically charged songs was highlighted by the release of their song 'Liberty' for Burma's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, which was presented to her just after her release from house arrest in 2010. This led to an invitation to play the Glastonbury Festival in 2011, which was extended to the band again for the return of the festival in 2013, when The Portraits played six times. The duo were crowned Best International Artist 2011 by respected U.S. station Radio Crystal Blue, and their new album, 'Life In Sepia', was released on CD and download formats on 2nd December, 2013.
The Portraits' appearance in Shoreham is part of a tour of beautiful buildings in stunning corners of England, handpicked by the duo themselves, and the concert will be the latest in a series of adventurous, lyrical, emotionally enthralling performances at which the duo will showcase their new songs, described as "musical exclamation marks" following the inequalities in the lives of so many. The Portraits play accompanied by supporting string players at Shoreham's St Peter & St Paul Church, Church Street, Shoreham, Kent, TN14 7SA on 8th February 2014. Music starts 7.30pm. Free Entry, but
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