A dream come true for young music-makers

Behind Human Eyes  receiving their award from the Mail's Tracy Walker
Behind Human Eyes receiving their award from the Mail's Tracy Walker

A CHART-TOPPING band is giving a charity’s rising stars a helping hand on their way to stardom after making them an offer they cannot refuse.

Popular indie band Feeder have offered young people from Hartlepool-based talent charity Red Dreams a chance to be showcased on the band’s website and on their Facebook page.

The offer comes after the rockers, who are well-known for their hits including Buck Rogers and Just A Day, sent a video message of support to the starlets which was played at Saturday’s Red Dreams Music Awards, held at the Corporation Welfare Club in Whitby Street.

Dawn McManus, 40, set up the charity with her husband Ian, 41, after their 16-year-old son Kyle died from a brain haemorrhage in 2007, said: “A lot of our bands play Feeder’s songs as covers and Feeder said why don’t they record them and they will put them on their website.

“I think it’s just amazing that a band as big as this said they would do this for us, it could lead to a lot of exposure for our young people.

“When we came back and told them, they couldn’t believe it.”

She said four bands are up to the challenge, with acts Behind Human Eyes, Hand of Aces, We Are The People and Let’s Pretend jumping at the chance to take part.

Former teacher Dawn, of Lennox Walk, Hartlepool, added: “The bands want to play the most famous songs, like Buck Rogers or Just A Day, but I think Feeder have said if they do something of theirs that’s more recent off their new albums, that would be good.”

Ian and Red Dreams trustees Peter Davies and James Ellis met Feeder at Middlesbrough’s Empire music venue recently.

They filmed the band’s inspirational message which was shown during Red Dreams awards ceremony and the band signed a guitar.

The young groups are busy putting the finishing touches to their tracks.