What started out as epic drinking and busking sessions to celebrate Christmas 2011 saw a group of Portsmouth musicians, The Southsea Alternative Choir, raise £1,500 for local cerebral palsy charity, Samuel’s Fund. Comprising members from several groups in the city, including Jim Lines from ‘Ricky’, who enjoyed chart success with their sixties-inspired take on Britpop, the collective are aiming to raise even more money in 2012.
The collective will be recording their own version of The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’, which proved a highlight of the band’s set of indie/alt rock classics, including covers of tracks by David Bowie, Brian Wilson, Primal Scream, Bob Dylan, Blur and The Band. The Southsea Alternative Choir have launched a website Fairytale of New York which they will be adding to throughout the year, with Jim saying “we’re all fans of Shane MacGowan’s unique brand of Celtic-infused punk. The Pogues’ “Rum, Sodomy & The Lash” and “If I Should Fall From Grace With God” are big favourites of ours.”
In the meantime you can see the band performing the track, mid-way through an epic six-hour session of drinking and busking one Saturday last December : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQRJmn-Z80I
If you can’t bear to listen to a Christmas song in February then check out The Southsea Alternative Choir’s equally
drunken take on Blur’s ‘Tender’.