County Durham acoustic band, North Road, have recorded a very special song titled ‘Unfair’ to help raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
The trio, Jack Robinson, Josh Henderson and Charlie Griffiths from Pittington, Shincliffe and Brandon respectively, met when they were studying at New College, Durham, in 2013 and have been performing together regularly ever since.
Now building a strong local following, North Road are previous winners of Metro Radio’s annual Big Audition competition and have performed at the popular Mouth of the Tyne Festival.
Josh is usually the band’s songwriter but on this occasion Jack took on the role to write a very personal song about the loss of his father to cancer.
Jack explains: “When I decided to write a song about my story it didn’t actually take very long to do as the feelings and emotions were already there, it was just a case of getting them down on paper.
“Me and the boys were all overwhelmed by the reaction it received on our social media and I feel releasing the song as a charity single is a fitting tribute to my dad.”
‘Unfair’ will be released as a single on the 22nd April and will be available as a download with all profits being donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
It was important to Jack and the band that the regional cancer charity should benefit from funds raised by the song.
Jack adds: “When we decided to release it as a charity single the first and only charity that came to our minds was the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
“Cancer is such a horrible disease and pretty much everyone has been affected by it one way or another.
“The work they do is absolutely incredible and if we can help even a little bit by raising some money and awareness with this single all the hard work will definitely be worth it.”
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation funds projects, including the clinical trials of new drugs, that directly benefit patients from across the North East and Cumbria, and which contribute significantly to international research into cancer.
It has raised over £9 million since its launch by Sir Bobby in March 2008 and is intrinsically linked, and is a fund within, the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity. The substantial support it receives from this local NHS charity means it can significantly limit administrative costs.
It does not employ professional fund-raisers to pro-actively raise money and co-ordinate volunteers, has no fund-raising targets and relies completely on third party, volunteer fund-raisers and the incredible generosity of the general public.
Liz Luff, from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, says: “Jack’s song about his dad is lovely and it means a lot that North Road have chosen to release it to help the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
“It’s a very thoughtful song and I imagine the lyrics to ‘Unfair’ will touch an awful lot of people who also lost loved ones to cancer.
“Hopefully the single will be very popular and it’s something the whole band should feel proud to be part of.”
‘Unfair’ will be launched at an intimate acoustic gig at Creative Base (Stonehills, Pelaw) on 22nd April at 7.30pm and support will be provided by Claypath.
For more information about North Road’s new single and tickets to the launch of ‘Unfair,’ please visit www.northroadmusic.co.uk or follow the band on social media (links via the website).