Leith Hill Community Blues Band has secured a music distribution deal, meaning its recently recorded single will now be available via a wide range of digital outlets including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.
The Dorking-based community band was formed to promote awareness of the oil drilling threat at Leith Hill, and to highlight the role of the Forestry Commission, which leased the drill site to Europa Oil and Gas.
A spokesperson for the band said: “Gruffalo Blues (Save Leith Hill) was recorded as a plea to the much-loved Gruffalo children’s character to end its long-running marketing partnership with the Forestry Commission.
“The site lease expires in August this year, and we hope the Gruffalo will join us in urging the Forestry Commission not to renew it. We are asking them to engage with the local community to explore other revenue options which do not utterly contradict its core mission statement to protect woodlands and forests.
“Our kids are all huge Gruffalo fans, and we have an obligation to defend their rights to continue enjoying safe drinking water and the wonderful naturalenvironment around here.”
The single was written and recorded on a hand-made lap guitar, crafted out of a hollow tree trunk by a local dad for his kids. The chorus was recorded at various drop-in community events and the results were mastered at a leading recording studio in London.
All funds raised from the sale of the single will go towards the legal defence of the UKOG injunction case and other campaign initiatives.
Buy Gruffalo Blues (Save Leith Hill)
The video can be viewed on Youtube.