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Friday, November 16, 2012

Blue moon - a charity appeal with oomph!

Here is a blogpost with a local angle. The Llangynwyd Community Association, who are situated within my region, are trying to raise more than £100,000 to plug a leaky roof and carry out a range of refurbishments to turn the rundown former St Stephen’s Church into a modern community hub for the village.

As the Glamorgan Gazette points out, rather than turn to the conventional collection buckets and coffee mornings to stump up the funds, the group has filmed a wacky musical medley which it hopes will grow into the next YouTube internet hit.

The film, which reworks the lyrics of the classic Billie Holiday and Elvis Presley hit Blue Moon into a New Roof parody – went live this week after receiving confirmation from record giants EMI that they could use the famous tune:

“We thought it would be a good idea because there isn’t enough money in the village to fund the work needed to the hall,” said fundraiser Lesley Grantham-Brooks.

“We want everyone in Wales to see it and spread it further.

“We want 100,000 hits and 100,000 £1 donations or even more.”

Dungaree-clad LCA trustees Tony Kinsbury and Talfyn Harries take the lead in the wacky film, which was shot in one take in a madcap day of filming in September.

The pair are singing the reworked version of Blue Moon while cleaning the floor of the St Stephen’s hall as rain pours in from the leaky roof.

Maesteg and District Male Voice Choir provide the musical backdrop, singing the New Roof lyrics penned by Mrs Grantham-Brooks’ husband Mark Brooks.

The video ends with an appeal for donations towards the new community hub.

To donate £1 text ROOF01 £1 to 70070 or visit here to donate more.
Let's hope that Williamson Music are feeling charitable. They have been rather fierce in their protection of the Richard Rodgers catalogue.

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