When songwriter Carl Cape was invited by a friend to write a Christmas song, he had no idea of the epic musical journey and the kazoo-filled finale that awaited him.
He began a three-year quest for festive lyrics, scribbling down inspiration anywhere and everywhere, from frosty pine forests and snowy Northumbrian moors, to Christmas light events and stores humming with shoppers.
Slowly, his song came together.
Now, having linked up with some of the north’s finest musicians, Carl has completed the writing challenge and the Carl Cape Band, with kazoos at the ready, have released their first Christmas song, It Must Be Christmas Time.
Carl, from Hadston, said: “I love Christmas songs and I was delighted to take up the invitation to write one, but I didn’t think it would take quite so long to finish it.
“I wanted to evoke the old-fashioned magic of Christmas so I immersed myself in the whole experience, listening to classic songs and watching festive films.
“The band has decked the whole song out with some twinkling musical baubles, Cajun fiddle, 1950s-style guitar, double bass and drums.
“And our kazoo orchestra’s joyous rendition of Good King Wenceslas is sure to bring a smile to people’s faces.”
The track was recorded by the band at the Mill Studios in Alnwick and has been produced by Ally Lee.
The group has also recorded a Cajun country-folk style version of Auld Lang Syne.
The band features Carl on guitar and vocals, Simon Cadelik on double bass, Ally Lee on guitar and keyboards, Catherine Reding on fiddle, accordion and vocals, and George Waters on drums.
The kazoo orchestra features Carl, Ally and Simon.
Carl added: “I have to thank my friend Derek Allan whose original challenge and song Winter’s Kiss inspired me to get cracking on the task.
“It’s taken me rather longer than I expected, but I am thankful for Derek’s inspiration.”
And Derek, of north Northumberland duo We Steal Flyers, has given it the thumbs up.
“I love it,” he said.
“The song is very Carl, it is very festive and it is very Christmas and smiles.”
The track is available for download. Visit the website www.chevstar.co.uk