Dec 9 2009 by Gordon Robertson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
STAFF at an Airdrie pub have come up with a cracker of an idea to raise cash for St Andrew’s Hospice – and give Susan Boyle a run for her money at the same time.
Barmaids at the Imperial Bar in Stirling Street have recorded a Christmas album.
The girls dubbed Charlie’s Angels – after their boss Charlie Woods – cut five festive tunes.
Agnes McCann, Sharon Quigley, Elaine Reid, Sharon Rollink, Lorna Stewart, Donna Sweeney, Ciara Fitzpatrick, Alice Simpson and Lyndsay McLaughlan were joined by two boys, Ryan Wheelan and Kevin Cahill.
They recorded Winter Wonderland, Rockin Around The Christmas Tree, Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Silent Night and Jingle Bells.
Agnes, who came up with the idea, said: “We had a great time recording this CD and it has given us all a good laugh and the experience of a lifetime.
“At some point in all our lives, we have known someone who has been cared for by the Hospice and the job they do is remarkable.
“This CD is about giving a little back and the unexpected bonus is that we had so much fun in the process.”
The Angels raised the start-up costs from pub boss Charlie Woods and customers Paul Curry, Noel Cahill, Jim Walker, Gerry Murray and Charles Gibson. They even enlisted their local Councillor, George Devine, who said: “I was happy to help the staff and managed to get them into our local recording studio. I was lucky enough to watch the CD being recorded and was very impressed.”
Local musicians Sarah and Jim Cleland produced the album. Sarah said: “The girls and boys were brilliant. They took to the studio environment like ducks to water and I am very impressed with the finished article.”
Even the paparazzi were present at the recording, in the form of photographer Monica Cahill.
Once the CD was recorded, Councillor Devine had a surprise in store for the group. He said “When the CD was complete, I arranged for it to be played during the Christmas lights switch-on event. We also arranged an interview on stage with Ewan Cameron of Real Radio, who made them sing live in front of the very large crowd that had gathered and they performed brilliantly. I am very proud of them.”
Sharon Quigley said: “We felt like superstars at the launch as customers had us signing copies of the album they had bought, so Susan Boyle better watch out!”
Imperial Bar manager David Neill said: “The girls are amazing, they are always singing away behind the bar as they work, so it was only logical for them to make a CD. Charlie and myself are really proud of how well they have done.”
The Christmas album is now on sale and had pre-order sales of over 100. Copies are on sale in the Imperial Bar and cost £5.