Noel’s on song

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A CHRISTMAS song recorded on a shoestring in St Annes has been quick to make an impact on the other side of the world.

Part-time songwriter Michael Betoin’s festive tune ‘I Love Christmas’ has captured the attention of a California website – and Michael has sent copies to David Cameron and Wayne Rooney among others, as he looks to generate maximum publicity and steer it towards being a hit here.

Michael, of Clifton Drive North, St Annes, has recorded the song under the band name Noel Tinsel and the Baubelles, with the help of backing singers Demi Harvey from Lytham and Sarah Gillette from Fleetwood.

Accompanied by a lower-tempo ‘Fireside’ version, the song was recorded at Bluebird Studios in St Annes and has already attracted enthusiastic listeners on America’s West Coast.

“The San Francisco Bay website heard our song and has asked to use it for their Christmas theme,” said Michael, a health and fitness instructor by profession, who wrote the song some years ago and has spent around £3,000 of his own money getting it recorded.

“I have always been really proud of the song and have wanted to get it recorded because I feel it puts the fun back into Christmas.

“Especially with the economic situation as it is now, I am sure fun is very welcome.

“I was brought up on the likes of Slade and Wizzard topping the charts with their classic Christmas hits which are still played year after year to this day.

“It’s that kind of song and it is meant to make people feel good, which is so important at this very special time of year.”

Michael, who took vocal coaching from expert Jill Maxwell-Carr to help become his ‘alter ego’ Noel Tinsel on record, says the recording was very much a community effort.

“I am so grateful to Chris Carter at Bluebird Studios and to everyone who helped with the record, the costumes for the accompanying photo-shoot and the graphics on the website we have set up to promote the recording,” added Michael.

“It is a real example of what a community and the ‘little guys’ can achieve but most of all I just hope it helps spread some happiness this Christmas. We certainly enjoyed recording it.”

Lyrics, clips and details of how to download the song are available at the website www.noeltinsel.com.

A strictly limited number of CD versions of the song have been pressed and the Express has 20 copies to give away – see below for details.