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Songwriter from Clare hopes vegan band's charity single can top Christmas charts

A Clare resident and healthy living guru has co-written a song that he hopes will provide a positive message, while also being the Christmas number one single.

Giles Bryant, together with Gavin Chappell-Bates, has written Peace On Your Plate, a song that has the aim, said Giles, of spreading a message of peace and positivity, while raising money for animal and vegan charities.

The song will be released as a world-wide exclusive on the Viva podcast on December 1 and then globally on radio and as a music video the next day, before being available to download and stream on December 13.

Peace on Your Plate outside Abbey Road Studios in Liverpool. Contributed picture (21188521)
Peace on Your Plate outside Abbey Road Studios in Liverpool. Contributed picture (21188521)

Giles said: “It features powerful lyrics, beautiful harmonies, a brass band and it’s guaranteed to get you singing along by the joyful end.

“As more and more people move towards a plant-based diet, Peace On Your Plate is tapping into the momentum of the vegan movement. The first video featuring a demo of the song has gone viral online.

“The song has a very simple message asking everyone around the world to put peace on your plate this Christmas Day.

“It has been a long time since an actual Christmas song was number one at Christmas time – the revamped Band Aid 20 in 2004.

“Now is the time to change that, celebrating the messages of Christmas – peace, love and goodwill to all.

“Could it be that 2018 saw a song about sausage rolls crowned No 1, and for 2019 it reflects the rise of the vegans?”

Giles and the rest of the band, which is also called Peace on Your Plate and includes pianist Ian Haywood, guitarist Dietmar Kennard and a host of backing singers, are currently on a UK tour.

The band are playing at events around the country, including headlining the UK’s biggest vegan festival, Vegfest.

On November 17, they will perform throughout the day during the Healthy Living Festival at Clare Town Hall.

The event offers free entry and takes place from 11am to 3pm. More details can be found online at www.worldhealingproject.com.

All profits will support two charities – Viva, Europe’s largest vegan campaigning charity, and Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary, run by Fiona Oakes, a world record marathon and endurance runner.