Thirty-five singers, 12 guitarists, a bagpiper, a bassist and a Scottish drum all feature in Barry Frame and The People of Denny’s cover of the John Lennon song Happy Xmas (War Is Over).
The project was devised by Mr Frame, a musician and sound quality engineer, who wanted to do something to “lift the spirits of everyone and get them talking about something else other than Covid”.
Participants were able to record their sections remotely after he set up a mobile studio in his car.
The 36-year-old, who is also a lecturer at Forth Valley College, was eager to support a local charity over the festive season and asked participants to nominate and vote for worthy organisations online.
The group’s cover made it as high as number 21 on the UK iTunes Chart within days of its release last week.
So far, the single has raised more than £1600 for Strathcarron Hospice, which received the “majority” of the performers’ votes.
Work on a music video is now well under way.
Mr Frame said: “Once people heard what I was doing, the messages came pouring in from people who wanted to get involved.
“This not only included musicians but also schools and local businesses. I then created a Facebook page and began to put a plan in place for recording.
“At this time the tier system was being introduced which made this task a lot harder, however, it didn’t stop me and I managed to put together a small recording studio in my car.
“I have passed microphones through car windows, house windows and to people in open spaces to record them whilst sticking to Covid rules.
“I think a lot of people are shocked by the quality. I’m a sound quality engineer and played in bands. Being a massive Beatles and John Lennon fan, I wanted it to be as high-quality as possible and I believe it is.
“The track, as it gets played, will get royalties and all will be going to Strathcarron.”
The song is available on Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.
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