Eightball Voodoo bid for christmas #1 in UK

Posted: November 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Blaydon Races’ bid to become Christmas number one
Nov 20 2011 by Coreena Ford, Sunday Sun
LOTS o’ lads and lasses will love the North’s contender for the Christmas Number One. . . The Blaydon Races.
But this is a style of Geordie Ridley’s famous tune that has never been heard before.

Heavy rock band Eightball Voodoo have released a blistering, riff-laden version of the iconic tune, ahead of its 150th birthday next June.
And the band are calling upon North folk to buy the tune and make it a contender for the festive chart-topper, and give Simon Cowell and The X-Factor a run for its money.
Lead singer Jay Spencer, originally from Nottingham but now living in Queensland, Australia, told how he came up with the rock version after being introduced to the Blaydon Races by his ex-wife’s Geordie family.
Jay, who has been in the music business for more than 20 years, said: “My ex’s brother is a massive Newcastle United fan and he suggested doing a rock version because all the others have been traditional, folk renditions.
“Lyrically it makes a very good song but I wasn’t sure how difficult it would be to turn it into a rock song, but I think Geordie Ridley would appreciate what we’ve done.

“And it would be fantastic to make it number one for Christmas. Hopefully some radio stations will play it.”
The quintet Eightball Voodoo – Jay on vocals, Rob Silver on lead guitar, Robi Smith playing bass, Deangersmith on guitars and Ralph Margo on drums – are a band with a twist, in that they all live in different countries.
Jay formed the band in 2009, having known all the other musicians for many years, and while Jay lives in Australia, the other band members are spread out across the world in London, Canada and South Africa.
They are planning to come together for a UK and US tour next year, and would love the opportunity to play The Blaydon Races in Newcastle.
Jay, who has formerly played with Jackviper amongst other bands, continued: “When people hear our records they find it hard to believe that we’ve never played together in the same room. They record their pieces in their various locations and I mix and produce it here in Australia.
“I would love to play it in Newcastle, that would be the ultimate.”
The single is available now from iTunes, Amazon mp3, Spotify, Napster, Myspace music and all good online music stores.

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