'Green TT' inspires music CD, video and concert extravaganza
The TTXGP – the world's first zero carbon clean emission Grand Prix race – takes place next Friday (June 12) before the Senior TT.
What Where When editor John Gregory talked to Dave Armstrong and Anna Goldsmith who are heavily involved with two musical projects that help mark this historical occasion.
Producer Dave Armstrong, of Stereoscout Records, has been a very busy man recently.
He is behind a cover version of John Mayer's song Waiting On The World to Change featuring 30 Manx musicians.
The enhanced CD, out now at just 5, will raise money for the Manx Grand Prix helicopter fund and also features three bonus tracks and a video of the song.
Dave explained the project came about following a conversation with Azhar Hussain, the man behind the TTXGP.
'We were talking about possibly producing music to go with the whole concept of the TTXGP,' he said: 'We mentioned the song Waiting On The World To Change which we both loved and lyrically it does seem to work – it is really appropriate for something that is forward thinking and environmental.
'I decided to involve as many local artists as possible and make it inclusive and Manx and I think it worked. There are over 30 musicians involved, it's a shame we couldn't have had more.
'They all performed brilliantly, it's a great cross-section of Manx talent.'
But this is no ordinary production – the artists featured on it were recorded in the open air at different locations around the Island and clips of them in action are featured on the video.
'I didn't put too many constraints on the artists apart from the lyrics and melody for the vocalists. We wanted to have their stamp on it.
'They were great performances, I couldn't have been happier with what came out, I think they have done an amazing job.
'From early on in the project we decided to raise some money for a good local cause. We have decided to give all the money from the CDs to the MGP helicopter fund.''
There are many familiar faces from the Manx music scene on the track including Shaz Cleator, Christy D, Anna Goldsmith, Chelsea Gowland, Steve Parry, Simon Rea, Mike Reaney, Stu Watret, Katie Lawrence, Adam Jones, Jack Wolter, Paul Kinrade, Kevin Cleator and many more.
All the musicians come under the name Treisht, which is Manx for Hope.
The CD is available from Shakti Man, Ramsey, on board the Steam Packet boats, the TTXGP base at the Grandstand and Peter Norris Music, Douglas.
It is also available from the Stereoscout website and can be bought at the TTXGP concert (see below for details).
The video on the CD will play on computers and it is hoped the CD project could become a global one after starting in the Isle of Man.
But that's not all Dave has been up to – he has arranged a version of a Bee Gees' classic which Stereoscout artist Anna Goldsmith will perform at the TTXGP: Promise of a Generation concert at the Villa Marina on Thursday, June 11.
Anna will get the chance to sing with the London Metropolitan Orchestra.
She explained Local Government and the Environment Minister John Shimmin MHK approached her about getting involved.
'It is every singer's dream to perform with an orchestra, so we jumped at the chance. It's been a lot of work, Dave has been tasked with arranging the music we are going to perform.
'We have decided to do Night Fever and stick with the Bee Gees and the Isle of Man theme, it is the Bee Gees' 50th anniversary this year.
'We did have another couple of songs up our sleeve but that did seem to fit.
'We were working on the Night Fever track for hospice. To go to the next level and to arrange it for an orchestra is amazing and I can't wait to hear what it sounds like on the night.
'I can't even begin to tell you how exciting it is, it is a dream come true for me.'
Anna performs Night Fever for a DVD in aid of Hospice Isle of Man which will feature Robin Gibb's version of Ellan Vannin.
The Promise of a Generation concert will feature the 70 piece London Metropolitan Orchestra accompanied by a rock band with special visuals on two giant screens. Iconic Hollywood film music will be performed.
Tickets are available from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, Douglas, by ringing the ticket hotline on 694555 and online at www.villagaiety.com
To watch a video interview with Anna and Andy Brown, the LMO's music director, see http://www.ttxgp.com/index_nav.php?page=concert
Search for a job
Search for a car
Search for a house
Weather for Isle of Man
Saturday 25 May 2013
Temperature: 7 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 16 mph
Wind direction: South
Temperature: 10 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 22 mph
Wind direction: South west