The season of goodwill appears to be upon us and Joe Roses' charity single seems to be coming an annual thing and this year he's roped in a very special guest, author Ken Follet. It's going to be A Blue Christmas
So how did Ken Follett, a local accountant, two town councillors and a business networking group end up collaborating on a charity single!? The unlikely alliance has seen them in Martin Lumsden's recording studio in Dane End to create a cd raising money for the leading private charity, Home-Start Hertfordshire, who provide relief and support for parents of children under ten.
Home-start's Suzy Moody got chatting to Helen Froggett from The Accountancy Practice at the Baldock Network Group and an almost chance comment led to Suzy and her team singing on a CD where all proceeds are going to their charity. Their Patron, Ken Follett kindly agreed to play bass and sing on the track, along with Royston Town Councillor Ian Coll. Helen is better known as Helen Meissner of Folkstock Records, and coincidentally her husband is Home-Start's new accountant John Froggett who has been forging a 'side hussle' as the singer Joe Rose, he's even been played on Radio 2! Folkstock Records are sponsoring the project, along with The Accountancy Practice and all the musicians and singers have given their time for free. All proceeds from the release of the single, the classic Blue Christmas, will help Home-Start Hertfordshire meet their £300,000 annual funding target.
The cd gets an official launch on the 29th of November at Burnham Deepdale's Christmas Market , but you can get a cheeky preview at Joe Rose's Soundcloud page