On November 30th, 2018, firefighters from Welshpool,
Powys and across mid and west Wales will officially launch their bid to reach
the top of the singles chart and achieve a Christmas Number One Single.
Although they are used to literally climbing
heights, the bid to record and release a potential Christmas Number 1 is a very
new challenge to the firefighters of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue
The group, formed under the name ‘The Fire Tones’,
was the vision of Welshpool Firefighter, Chris Birdsell-Jones who dreamed of a band
of firefighters reaching the top of the charts with the all-time classic
Christmas hit “Do they know it’s Christmas?”.
The single is set to raise money for the
Firefighters Charity and the Band-Aid Charity Trust.
Firefighter Chris Birdsell-Jones said, “It started
when we were in a bar in Welshpool around this time last year – the first song
that came on was ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’
As we sat there, everyone in the bar was singing
along or tapping the bar and it got me wondering if we could do something for
I said it out loud and everyone told me I was
dreaming! But a couple of days later there was a film on called ‘Daddy’s Home
2’ and the song is on the soundtrack, so I took it as a sign and got to work.”
With the necessary permissions in place, Chris set
about widening the search for talent from other UK Fire and Rescue Services to
contribute to the single.
Interest and momentum quickly gathered, from
firefighters across the UK, leading to an offer of a recording session at the
BIMM Music College, Birmingham, in the newly built recording studio. From
across the UK, firefighters drove and flew to Birmingham to record the vocals
in a hectic 12-hour recording session, masterminded by producer Steve Osborne
and expert vocal arranger Louise Warren.
Chris also added, “We wanted to honour the spirit of
the original recording, so we wanted to get it all done in one day, just as
they did with the original Live Aid single.
I must admit, I was nervous on the day because
you’ve put all this work in and you’re wondering things like ‘is that person
going to turn up?’ and ‘is this actually going to work? But on the day, it was
just incredible, they played it back to us in the studio and it was ‘Wow’, this
isn’t just a bit of fun, they can really sing.
We are doing this to raise money for two fantastic
causes. I'm over the moon to have worked with such a talented group of people,
and I feel proud and honoured to have been involved with such a fantastic
project, whatever we manage to raise.
The Fire Tones boast over 40 Fire Service personnel
within its ranks. During the recording, we had to move out of the studio and go
on a stage to record the chorus parts.”
The single, due for release on November 30th 2018,
will be available for purchase on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon music, with
firefighters also planning to sell CDs locally.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Quin, Mid and West Wales Fire
Service said, “This is a wonderful initiative by our firefighters in Welshpool,
which has snowballed across our Service and across to other Fire and Rescue
I’m extremely proud of Mid and West Wales firefighters as
our Fire and Rescue Service is amongst the highest contributors to the Fire
Fighters Charity. Our firefighters and support staff are constantly fundraising
to this fantastic cause, be it through traditional methods, such of hosting car
washes and selling cakes, or highly ambitious projects such as The Fire Tones.
I can’t wait to hear the song, buy it and show my support to
the Fire Tones, Fire Fighters Charity and Band-Aid.”
The Fire Tones’ single is available to pre-order on Amazon
and will be released on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music on Friday, 30
Listen to a sample on The Fire Tones website https://thefiretones.com/
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