Brass band plays Fairytale of New York to raise cash for a foodbank

Fairytale of old York: Kindly woman hires a full brass band to belt out festive Christmas hits for her neighbours while raising £150 for a local food bank

  • The New York Brass Band played Christmas hits to entertain householders
  • Among the tracks covered by the band was The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York
  • The impromptu socially distanced performance raised £150 for a food bank 
  • Despite their name, the New York Brass Band are from the Yorkshire city  

A kindly neighbour hired a brass band for her neighbours to spread some Christmas cheer to combat repeated Covid-19 lockdowns. 

The unidentified woman from York asked a local band to visit her street a where they raised money for a food bank. 

The New York Brass Band played festive songs such as ‘Fairytale of New York’.

Members of the Yorkshire-based New York Brass Band entertained residents in the Minster city with an impromptu socially distanced performance 

During the 20-minute performance the band played a number of festive hits 

As well as entertaining people in the town, the band raised £150 for a local food bank

Joe who filmed the footage said: ‘My sister hired a band to play for the whole neighbourhood. She hired them to cheer up the neighbourhood and also raise some money for the local food bank – they made over £150!’

The band, who are socially distanced, spread out along Station Road on December 12, while they played the classic track from The Pogues.  

Fairytale of New York was  written by Shane MacGowan and Jem Finer with the title taken from the critically acclaimed novel by JP Donleavy. 

The song was originally written as a bet after the group’s manager Frank Murray suggested they would not be able to write a Christmas hit.  

The footage emerged after a group of singers performed One More Day from Les Mis in Hampstead, north London.  

The singers, dressed in period costumes, performed the song from the hit musical before effortlessly transitioning to traditional Christmas carols during the performance in Hampstead.

An audience of several dozen people stood, careful to maintain social distancing, watching the 20-minute performance appreciatively.

Gideon Wagner, who witnessed Sunday’s performance, told MailOnline: ‘It was absolutely brilliant. They were excellent.

‘They were obviously professionals. Le Mis was something that opened again during this lockdown period but has unfortunately been forced to close again.

‘I think they were people from the company. They were working from a backing tape and able to project without using microphones.

‘People were invited in the area, but people were socially distanced.

‘It was dribbling rain. It was about 20 minutes long. People were coming out to look at it in amazement.’

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