The Barrel that Rocks – birthday CDs produced to aid Air Ambulance

The Barrel at Bude, North Cornwall’s only ‘micropub’ celebrated its 1st year milestone at the end of June with a 3-day party. 

Musicians from Bude and the surrounding area were invited to donate their talent for free to support the celebrations but also to help raise money to produce two CDs featuring their performances, the aim to have to these on sale in time for Christmas and raise money for Cornwall’s Air Ambulance.

Thanks to the efforts of these talented musicians and other volunteers, both on the weekend and since, two ‘Live Out of The Barrel’ albums have been created, one Rock and one Folk. Bude’s own Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh, customers Jason King and Phil Williams, produced the music, which was overseen by musical director and local musician Kevan Taylor. The Folk CD cover is an original drawing by local artist Harry McConville who can also be heard playing the accordion on this album. The whole process was brought together by Rachel O’Hare, co-owner of ‘The Barrel’ and Brian Newman, another customer of The Barrel.

Ian O’Hare, the other half of The Barrel commented: “With contributions from numerous musicians together with singing by those who attended, these albums showcase not only brilliant talent but the fantastic community spirit here in Bude and our support for Cornwall’s Air Ambulance, an essential service to the people of Cornwall”.

‘Live Out Of The Barrel’ rock and folk albums will be launched on Saturday the 24th of this month with a Rock/Blues Jam between 6pm and 9pm followed, on Sunday the 25th, with an open Folk Session between 2pm and 4pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in.

The CDs are perfect stocking fillers and are available from the 24th November through The Cornish Air Ambulance, The Barrel at Bude, local Bude retailers and available by post. Each CD is £6 or you can buy two for £10. (Post and packaging charge £2.99).

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