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VIDEO: Chris Evans champions Cornish singers for Christmas number one

By WBEsme  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

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The Cornish members of the Fishwives Choir with their charity single

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BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans is one of many famous faces supporting a national choir which boasts three Cornish singers.

Brought together by the loss of husbands, fathers and sons at sea, The Fishwives Choir provides a support network for bereft families.

The 40 strong singers have released their double A-side charity single “When The Boat Comes In/Eternal Father” in a bid to capture the number one spot on December 22.

All proceeds from the single will be donated to the Fishermen’s Mission, a charity which provides financial and emotional support to fishermen and their families.

Chris Evans and fellow BBC Radio 2 DJ, Clare Balding, have both been vocal in their support of the choir and have played "When The Boat Comes In/Eternal Father" to millions of listeners.

Perraporth members Sue Hendriks and Jennie Ansell, and Newlyn member Hannah Pascoe, travelled to London earlier in the year to record the festive single.

All three women are hoping that their hard work will allow them to follow in the footsteps of the Military Wives Choir and scoop the coveted top spot.

Mrs Hendriks said: “A Christmas number one would mean the world to the Fishermen’s Mission, even to get in to the top 40 would be amazing.”

So far the choir’s single has received more than 16,000 views on YouTube and has odds of 16:1 to reach the top of the charts on betting website Bet Victor.

Yet the nautical themed singers are not the only Cornish musicians vying for a chart topper this Christmas.

Three other acts from south of the Tamar have also thrown their festive santa hats in to the race with the hope of holding off Simon Cowell and this year’s X Factor winner.

St Agnes band, SevenLegs, are hoping to inspire holiday spirit with their prophetically titled song “Christmas Number One.”

The four piece wrote their seasonal song last year after receiving a challenge to pen a Christmas smash by bass guitarist’s Martin Crump’s wife.

In a tribute to their supporters, the band has also made a music video consisting wholly of pictures of fans and Lady Dianna wearing Christmas jumpers.

Those left feeling like a cold sprout by pop-rock should turn to Truro born Phillippa Lusty and her classical festive offering.

The 23 year-old classically trained singer has released covers of “When a Child is Born” and “Dream a Dream” in an effort to raise funds for the young persons mental health charity, Invictus Trust.

St Austell based singer Shane Soloman is also hoping to raise money for charity with his feel-good ballad, "Christmas Time (Children Sing)”.

By donating 34 pence from each sale of his single to The Rotary Foundation, Mr Soloman is hoping to support the humanitarian efforts of the charity.

Songs from all four of the artists are available to buy on itunes and Amazon, but only singles bought after December 15th will count towards this year’s official Christmas chart.

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