An enterprising student from York St John University has organised an album showcasing some of the best local music from the city for charity.
Connor Devine who is behind the album explains, “The Best of York, is the name of the album we have launched and it’s a project that I undertook as part of my final year major project, at York St John University.”
The idea came about after I did a bit of research into the York music scene and decided to create a compilation album that would feature local independent musicians.”
Connor put out an advert for local bands to join him in his project. This received a great response, demonstrating just how active York’s music scene is. He recorded the majority of the artists, and also managed the project from start to finish.
The album is also helping to raise money for a cancer charity. Connor says, “The Best of York album will not only contribute to the local music scene; but 100% of the profits shall go towards helping Macmillan Cancer Support. I wanted to do something to help the charity as a close family member has recently lost her life to cancer and Macmillan was a big help. This is a way of giving something back. ”
The launch gig for the album at the Basement at City Screen on 25 April featured Suzy Bradley and The Morning After, Katie and the Questions, and What The Cat Dragged In. The album is now available to download.
There are also a limited number of CDs that have been produced. If you would like to get hold of a limited edition Best of York album, they are available for just £5 from Rebound Records on Gillygate, or for purchase on bestofyorkalbum.com. They are a definite must for fans of local music.
The album features bands including Boss Caine, Rocketsmith, Test Tone 3, Echo Dynamo, Katie and the Questions, and What the Cat Dragged In, to name just a few.
Sally Millington, fundraising manager for Macmillan says, “the album is absolutely fantastic, Connor has done an amazing job and it’s brilliant that so many talented local artists have taken the time to be involved. There has been a lot of time and effort that has gone into this and it’s so generous that profits are being donated to help people affected by cancer.”