The Sunflower Thieves – Amy Illingworth and Lily Sturt-Bolshaw – have worked alongside contemporary composer James Oldrini and writer George Gunby, who is the organiser of the Belper Arts Festival, to produce the single which can be downloaded online.
The words to Love Is were adapted from Biblica’s Corinthians by George, set to music by James and recorded by Amy and Lily earlier in the year for the Belper Arts Festival Easter production The Resurrection 2015.
“The reaction to Love Is surprised and pleased us,” said James.
“Soon after we recorded the demo I instantly thought that this would be a releasable track. The words are beautiful and work in a commercial sense too. I thought it would be a shame to write something so meaningful and for it to sit on the shelf after the one performance.
It’s the perfect track to release near Christmas and help raise awareness and money for a good cause.”
Amy said that she and Lily sat down with James to discuss re-recording the track for release and to decide which charity they would all like to support.
“It was unanimous that we wanted to support a local charity. Aquabox helps desperate people around the world in need of clean drinking water and essential aid – it’s something that we all really want to get involved in and support,” she explained.
Lily went on to say: “We’re really excited about this release. Not only can we help raise awareness of the fantastic work Aquabox is doing, we also get to unveil our new name Sunflower Thieves with this release. We plan to move our music careers forward under this name and release our first EP next year.”
James is also releasing a debut album Enlighten in the new year and is planning a pre-album launch on at Number 28 in Belper Market Place on January 2.
“It’s an intimate gig with my quartet playing a few tracks from the new album. The Sunflower Thieves will also play a set and also Gong’s Dave Sturt will join us on the night to play a few tracks from his new solo album. We intend to do a special performance of Love Is to finish. It’s only £5 on entry and that money will also go to support Aquabox. Limited spaces are available, so please contact me via my webpage if you’d like a space reserving.”
The single Love Is is available to download from http://www.sunflowerthieves.co.uk please leave a donation to Aquabox.