TUNE The Yorkshire Film & Television Orchestra - Somebody Stole My Thunder
ATA Records are proud to present the latest instalment of their series of free downloads "Hard Work, No Pay". This month's instalment comes from The Yorkshire Film & Television Orchestra, who were last heard on the compilation "Funk, Soul & Afro Rarities: An Introduction To ATA Records" from November 2014 with the track "Hawkshaw Philly" and features the vocal talents of Bugalu Foundation & Mind On Fire vocalist Martin Connor. Available as a free download on bandcamp.com from Friday 11th of September, this cover of the Georgie Fame classic "Somebody Stole My Thunder" features a powerhouse vocal performance from Martin Connor alongside the heavyweight big band brass sound of the Yorkshire Film & Television Orchestra's 10 piece horn section.
The Yorkshire Film And Television Orchestra is the brainchild of ATA founders Neil Innes & Pete Williams and multi-instrumentalist/arranger Steve Parry, who was approached by Neil & Pete in 2014 to provide the horn arrangements and brass performances for a then untitled British library style track intended for release as a 45. That track went on to become the track "Hawkshaw Philly" and features on the 2014 compilation "Funk, Soul & Afro Rarities: An introduction To ATA Records" on Here & Now Records. Their shared love of huge big band arrangements and British library music ensured future collaborations, with music currently in the pipeline for a Yorkshire Film And Television Orchestra LP sometime in 2016.
Martin Connor first discovered his love of music through listening to his Parent's music collection, from his Dads love of Rock and Classical, to his Mums love of Soul and Pop, but it was 60's and 70's Rock that Really caught his attention. Whilst on Holiday, a drunken argument in a Karaoke bar led to him storming onstage to sing a tune. In his words: "I don't know what on earth happened, but I opened my mouth, and a voice came out that not only had tone, but was perfectly in tune, and I felt a huge rush that changed me completely". This led to him spending 10 years as part of the Manchester collective "Mind On Fire" before providing vocals for the Latin-Funk band Bugalu Foundation (Legere Recordings). He is keenly influenced by 60's and 70's Soul music, Gospel music like Zion Travellers and Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers.