Musician scores hit for charity hockey tournament
A big-hearted musician and hockey supporter has scored big for children with life-limiting illnesses after releasing a single to help raise funds for two Luxembourg cancer charities.
UK national Ged Ryan penned and recorded “Together we can be heroes” after performing at the Luxembourg Luxury hockey Tour last year, where he was inspired by the charity Fondatioun Kriibskrank Kanner.
Released with little fanfare the single, the IP rights to which were gifted to the charity, has already shot to number 19 in the Luxembourgish music charts and, with its catchy chorus line “We're in this world together”, it looks set to take Luxembourg by storm.
“When Ged came to play at the Tournament last year he was touched by the work the charity does, and the support that our event provides to them,” Vice President of the Luxembourg Hockey Club Lee Godfrey said, adding: “When he and his fellow musicians presented me with this song for our event this year it was me who was touched. The lyrics bring a smile to my face each time I hear them; we are in this world together and we can make a difference!”
The single was recorded with Simon Eyre, who played guitar for The Lighthouse Family and Richie Beesley, who has played saxophone for Michael Buble among others. The accompanying video was shot at the Cavern Club, in Liverpool, the nightclub where The Beatles famously played and on the beach at Merseyside. The song was engineered by students of the Paul McCartney College of Music.
Lee said: “Ged sings about the kids. It's all about growing up and giving back to the children and how the joy in life is seeing the smile on the face of a child. It's very catchy.”
Ged, who lives in Liverpool, will return to Luxembourg on the weekend of July 12 for the fourth edition of the Luxembourg Luxury Tour, where he will perform live. With 14 teams from seven different countries, the tournament will be bigger than ever and Lee and his team have set a target to raise 10,000 euros for charity, double the amount raised last year. All proceeds will go to Fondatioun Kriibskrank Kanner and Een Häerz fir kriibskrank Kanner.
The tournament kicks off on Friday night (July 11) with a welcome party for all the teams at the Black Stuff from 7.30pm. A Michelin-starred chef will be cooking up a storm on the barbecue and a percentage of proceeds from the bar will go to the tournament's charities.
On Saturday, the games get underway at Boy Konnen Stadium in Cessange from 8.30pm. The final match begins at 5pm. During the day there will be food and drink, activities for children and live music from Ged himself. The tournament closes with a Samba-themed party at the Black Stuff.
The single can be purchased from itunes.apple.com
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