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Sound of the Sirens Christmas single will support Exeter charity St Petrock’s

PUBLISHED: 11:16 19 November 2014

Sound of the Sirens, photographed by Mike Alsford

Sound of the Sirens, photographed by Mike Alsford

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A new single by Exeter acoustic duo Sound of the Sirens will support the homelessness charity St Petrock’s, writes DANL TETLEY

Sound of the Sirens, photographed by Mike AlsfordSound of the Sirens, photographed by Mike Alsford

Christmas is a time of glittery preparation, hearty celebration and of bringing families and communities that little closer. Many of us will be busily buying presents and spending more than is necessary for that one, special day.

But for those who are homeless it’s an entirely different story.

Embracing the goodwill of the coming season, Sound of the Sirens recently approached homeless organisation St Petrock’s, determined to make a difference this year.

Acoustic duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood are a phenomenal folk/rock band that continues to make Exeter locals dizzy with their colossal success around the UK.

Well known for their foot-stomping melodies, self-penned songs and enigmatic presence, the hypnotic trails they’re leaving in their talented wake are pricking ears within the vast music arena.

They have endorsements coming thick and fast, recently supported by Freshman Guitars whose artist roster includes big talents like Ben Howard. They boast a following that are as dedicated and engaging as they are on-stage and it’s getting them noticed, sealing top gigs with big names and raising curious eyebrows from an array of music publications.

They’ve been together since 2009, originally as a trio, but their success as a duo particularly over the last two years has seen them rise as a prominent force across the festival scene, intimate UK gigs and charity events.

They’ve released two albums, proudly produced several videos through Pangaea TV and have even bigger plans for 2015.

The girls came up with the idea to write a Christmas song and dedicate it to those who wouldn’t get the same festive experience they would. Both girls brim with a contagious compassion and wanted to take that idea further, deciding to record and release the song Next Year as a single -- with a view to raise both money and awareness.

Abbe says:“We were trying to write a song around the line ‘The lesson we learn is presents are people not things’. That’s when St Petrock’s came to mind. I remember meeting a woman on Christmas Eve two years ago who had, at the time, been successfully re-homed through by the centre. The sense of community I felt on such a significant day of the year really touched me. It’s a great charity on our doorstep and we’d love to help.”

St Petrock’s provides homeless people with hot meals and drinks, clothing, shower facilities as well as food for accompanying dogs, a laundry service and sleeping bags.

The charity also aims to find accommodation for all clients as well as supporting those already in accommodation or requiring assistance in maintaining tenancies. It is an independent charity and has to source between £400,000 and £500,000 each year just to maintain services.

Gill Luckings, external communications manager of St Petrock’s says: “It’s wonderful that young people want to support us, reaching an audience we couldn’t and reminding others of the growing problems our homeless face at Christmas and with a homeless rise of 34% seen over the last four years it couldn’t have come at a better time.

“All of our charity’s clothing is donated by the local communities, we’re open between 8.30am -4pm, Monday to Friday so please drop by with any unwanted items – all winter wear will be gratefully received, especially men’s boot’s and sleeping bags.”

Abbe and Hannah will be recording and producing their fundraiser single at the Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre and performing it live at Timepiece on Black Friday, 19 December. There’s a small entry fee which will also be added to the charity pot and the girls will be supported by two other Devon acts, Haunt the Woods and Wildwood Kin.

The single which will also have a surprise, bonus track featuring the Siren’s supporting bands will go on sale the same night, with 50% of the proceeds being donated to St Petrock’s, enforcing the charity motto - Positively Responding to Homelessness.

It’s set to be a foot-stomping event, so go along and show your support.

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