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Elliot Porter and the Isolation Artists release cover of Frank Turner’s Be More Kind to raise money for NHS

Musicians have come together to record a charity cover of Frank Turner’s Be More Kind to raise money for the NHS.

Cambridge singer/songwriter Elliot Porter has organised the initiative with artists from the Isolation Gigs network, which has proved popular online during lockdown.

Among a host of artists featuring on the single, which will be released on June 5, include vocalist Jess Greenfield, from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds; Cambridgeshire-based guitarist Tom Wright; American-based Joe Snodgrass and Austin Lucas, who have both worked with Frank Turner; singer/songwriter Bella Chipperfield; and Daisy Chute, of classical crossover group All Angels.

Elliot said: “When the lockdown started in March, my sister, Chloe, and I started a platform for musicians to stream live gigs from their homes to fans – giving an income to the artists and pleasure to the fans.

“These ‘Isolation Gigs’ proved so successful on Facebook and YouTube that I realised that we could use the technology to record a song to raise much-needed money for the NHS.

“I love the positive message of Frank Turner’s ‘Be More Kind’, and it also seemed to fit the coronavirus situation very well.

“A couple of the musicians from the ‘Isolation Gigs’ have worked with Frank and through them Frank gave his support for the recording. Frank will even be recording an introduction to the song.”

Elliot Porter and the Isolation Artists have recorded a cover of Be More Kind. (35997033)
Elliot Porter and the Isolation Artists have recorded a cover of Be More Kind. (35997033)

All the parts for the song were recorded in isolation from across the world, and the digital files were emailed to Elliot. It was then produced and mixed by Stephen MacLachlan of SMacStudios.

“Every single person involved in the project is passionate about the NHS and realise that it needs every penny it can get to fight Covid-19. We all have our fingers crossed that we can really help the NHS out in these strange times,” said Elliot.

Natalie Ellis, head of arts at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This will be a real treat for our staff, to hear this very moving song, which has been put together to raise funds for NHS charities. It's lovely to know that our community is very appreciative of our continued efforts to help people through the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Be More Kind by Elliot Porter and The Isolation Artists will be available to stream or download on all major platforms for 99p, and there is also a Just Giving page for anyone who would like to make a donation, justgiving.com/fundraising/bemorekind20.

It is out on all platforms from June 5.

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