With A Little Help from The Banbury Quarantine Collective


Banbury musicians come together to create NHS fund raising thank-you track

Banbury’s talented local musician’s have utilised the power of technology to come together virtually to record a song under lockdown. 

Under the banner of “The Banbury Quarantine Collective”, their tune has been unveiled and it is hoped it will help raise funds for the NHS here in North Oxfordshire.

The idea for the project came from SKAlectrics member Tom Bodfish from Bodicote.   Tom said other musicians were keen to be involved.    He told Banbury FM, “The idea behind this was to try to do our little bit to say ‘thank you’ to our local NHS workers and raise a bit of money”.

Over thirty musicians have been involved in creating the track.   The tune selected – The Beatles “With a Little Help From My Friends” – was selected democratically by those involved, and chosen for its positive message.

Please donate to the Horton General Hospital charity

The track was created by individuals all recording their parts separately at home, together with the footage for the accompanying video.   The individual elements were then all pieced together to produce the final version of the song.

Tom said, “Everyone that got involved has been fantastic.   They’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do.   They’ve all worked together really well.   It’s been a lot of fun”.

Copies of the song are not on sale, but it is hoped people will enjoy listening to it and watching the video, and will donate to the Horton General Hospital Charity (part of the Oxford Hospitals Charity).   Donations can be made at by clicking here

Those involved in the project include The SKAlectrics, The Two-Tone All Skas, The Duckworths, Neva Mynd, Uninvited, Sledgehammer, Dirty Deeds, The Meanies, Jim and Eilidh, Stuart Layzell, Stevie Cooper, Selena Evangelena, Jason Page and Valerie Vetts, Leigh Chambers, Belinda Webb, Andi Goodman and Steve Anchor.

Listen to Tom Bodfish from The SKAlectrics talking to Banbury FM:

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

Reader's opinions
  1. Denise Ronson   On   21/04/2020 at 1:59 pm

    Well done “The Banbury Quarantine Collective”. That was really great to listen to and watch of course. It sounded really great. Nick, I recognised you immediately, well done matey.

  2. Anil Wijetunge   On   21/04/2020 at 2:15 pm

    Absolutely amazing, joyful and uplifting! You are beautiful.
    Thank you! Xx
    I work as an anaesthetist at a busy acute hospital with many covid affected patients.

    • Nick   On   23/04/2020 at 8:45 am

      Hey Anil, So glad you liked it. Thanks for your support. Stay safe out there on the front line! All the best Nick

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