A FOLK ROCK band from a church in North Cornwall have been informed by BBC Radio 2 that tracks from their new album will receive national airplay.
The Claze, from Wadebridge, were formed in 2009 with the objective of using live music to help raise funds for local good causes. The band, known for leading worship at Wadebridge Christian Centre, released their first album, Breathing People, in December. It was recorded at the famed Sawmills Studios near Fowey.
Bassist Tom McIntyre said: "We started out as a bunch of mates wanting to improve our music skills and help local projects. Our tunes are very simple but we wanted them to carry a strong social and faith message in line with our values.
"I guess Radio 2 liked our story of a carpenter, ex-soldier, health and voluntary worker trying to address positive change in the community through original music. We were blessed that presenter Mark Radcliffe listened to our work and passed our recordings to a fellow producer."
He added: "We've been told we will be played on Claire Balding's show Good Morning Sunday in February and we hope to get more plays on other programmes. We've also been asked to attend Radio 2 studios in Manchester in April for interviews and possibly a live slot."
The Claze, recently lined up for this year's Rock Oyster Festival, work collaboratively with Exhale, a social enterprise based in Wadebridge set up to raise awareness and address health and wealth inequalities in Cornwall.
The band's music and live performance listings are available through their website www.theclaze.com or on Facebook.com/theclaze
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