New 42-track Cumbria Rocks charity compilation launches

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BANDS and artists from across Cumbria have contributed their music to a brand-new charity album.

CN Group's arts and entertainment website Cumbria Live has created Cumbria Rocks - a 42-track compilation album, which will raise money for hospices across the county.

The album is available to download via Bandcamp from today, priced £2, with all proceeds being donated to St Mary's Hospice in Ulverston, as well as Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle, and Hospice at Home West Cumbria.

Highly-regarded local acts including Hardwicke Circus, Paper Cranes, Colt 45 and Water's Edge have all submitted tracks, alongside some of the area's most promising names, such as The Sides, The Chadelics, and Graces.

The compilation follows the success of Cumbria Live's similar project in 2016, which saw the Rock For Recovery album raise almost £500 for the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund.

Cumbria Live's Karl Steel said: "We had been planning to put together a new compilation since Rock For Recovery came out last February.

"There are some amazing artists in Cumbria that have put out new music in the past 18 months, as well as some great bands that never made it onto the last album.

"This time it is even bigger with more than 40 songs included, mainly covering rock, indie and pop, and we've even got a few exclusive tracks that have never been released or have been recorded especially for the compilation.

"We have also included a song from Collie Stewart and his friend Kris Coulton, which they had sent to me just a few days before he died. It was devastating to hear about the passing of one of the local scene's greatest characters and entertainers and we've included the song, I Need You Now, as a very poignant final track on the album.

"We wanted to raise money for causes that affect the whole county, and we can't think of many more important local charities than our hospices. They rely almost entirely on donations, so it goes without saying that we are hoping to raise as much money as possible for them.

Entertainment reporter Lauren Page added: "This is the first compilation I have been involved with at Cumbria Live, and following the success of Rock For Recovery, I'm excited to see how it goes.

"My Grandfather passed away in 2014 and the Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle helped him and my family so much towards the end of his life. The Hospices around Cumbria are incredibly caring and became a safe and loving place for us to spend time as a family, so to be able to raise some money for this brilliant service is a dream.

"The response from bands wanting to submit their tracks has been great, this compilation highlights the very best of local music and there will be new bands for everyone to discover which is what we aim for!"

Cumbria Rocks is available from cumbrialive.bandcamp.com priced £2.

Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:41AM
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