Inspired by comedian Mark Watson‘s 24-hour Watsonathon charity fundraiser and following weeks of preparation, at 9pm on 1st May, The Indoor Mortal Orchestra – 17-strong virtually-assembled collective of music professionals – began the incredible challenge of crowdsourcing a mini-orchestra plus an array of vocalists to record, produce and release a charity single cover of ‘You Give a Little Love’, all in the space of 24 hours.
Featured amongst The Indoor Mortal Orchestra’s number that day were the celebrated English comedians Miles Jupp and Kevin Eldon plus Duglas T. Stewart of the Scots’ pop guitar band the BMX Bandits, Jen Schande of indie-rock band Schande, Danny Green of cult indie band Laish, all on vocals; Simon Love from The Loves on guitar and vocals; Will Calderbank (known for his work with Mumford and Sons, The Leisure Society, and Ray Davies, amongst many others) on cello, and a whole host of amateur and extremely talented musicians and singers who all answered the call on the day.
Together they recorded their wonderful cover version of Paul Williams’ ‘You Give a Little Love’, a song that featured in the 1976 gangster musical comedy movie Bugsy Malone, which starred child actors and was set in the Prohibition era in the United States.
The single is out today through Olive Grove Records via this Bandcamp link, and it is set as a ‘name your price’ with a suggested payment of £1 or more. All profits are in aid of the charities FareShare, Hospice IGN and NextUp’s Heckle The Virus fund.