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York band releases song of Hope for British Red Cross

Written by on July 8, 2020

York band releases song of Hope for British Red Cross

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York-based band KanOwurmz are releasing an original single entitled “Hope (Lockdown Session)” on Friday 3 July to raise money for the British Red Cross. All proceeds from download sales and donations will go to the charity. 

How it all happened …

Shortly after KanOwurmz formed in 2015, keyboard player Giordano Girotto dusted off an instrumental piece he had written years earlier under the working title “Hope” and shared it with the rest of the band. Songwriter Debbie Elliott then locked herself away with copious cups of tea to add the lyrics and melody line and, soon afterwards, the band began performing the song live at venues across Yorkshire.

In April 2020, three weeks into the coronavirus lockdown, the band members decided to put a song together to raise money for a UK charity. The British Red Cross was chosen because of the work it was doing to help those in need during the crisis, including working with food banks and teaming up with supermarkets to get surplus stock to those who need it most. “Hope” was the perfect song choice, but Debbie changed the lyrics to reflect the difficult situation everyone was facing, while injecting a sense of positivity and gratitude at the same time. 

Initially, everyone thought it would take just a few days to get the song ready for release, but how wrong they were! The project turned out to be a huge learning curve for all five band members – recording individually at home with click tracks (the band still haven’t met since their last gig in March), learning how to use the recording software (with huge compatibility issues), trying to help each other over the phone and WhatsApp, and mixing and producing the final version. Of course, putting a slideshow video together for the first time was another story, but it’s now ready for release on YouTube and includes images of York’s empty city centre during the early stages of lockdown. Every ounce of effort has been worth it and, all things considered, everyone involved is quite amazed by the result! The band had been looking forward to playing a string of gigs this year in and around York, including the Rockin’ all over the Wold festival in Easingwold on 11 July, but working on a project like this has allowed them to stay creative and share something new with their followers, old and new. 

“Hope (Lockdown Session)” will be available to download from:
Amazon, Anghami, Apple Music, MediaNet, Deezer, Google Play, iHeartRadio, ClaroMusica, iTunes, KKBox, Napster, NetEase, Pandora, Saavn, Spotify, Tidal and Tik Tok/Resso. 

The YouTube video will be available at:

All donations to the British Red Cross will be gratefully received:

We hope you enjoy listening! And if you’d like to sing along, the lyrics are available from

Hope (Lockdown Session) performed by: KanOwurmz (Andy Southgate: guitar; Chris Jay: vocals; Giordano Girotto: keyboards; John “Doc” Elliott: bass guitar; Vic Heard: drums)

With guests: Marco Brancalion: strings; Michele Quaglio: rhythm guitar

Song written by: Giordano Girotto & Debbie Elliott

Song produced by: John Elliott, Giordano Girotto & Marco Brancalion

Song mixed by: Marco Brancalion

Final master by: Michele Quaglio

Video produced by: John “Doc” Elliott

Contact:              Debbie Elliott at  Tel: 07981 853063

Facebook:           @kanowurmz