October 03, 2013, 9:48 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Music legends Tom Newman and Paul Brett have released their latest single, “Tubular Bells” by the Children of Ireland. The song, originally written and made famous by Mike Oldfield in 1973, is most widely recognized as the theme song for “The Exorcist,” but was also the springboard for the fledgling Virgin Records company founded by Newman himself with Sir Richard Branson. This new rendition is literally performed by Irish children, including those with autism spectrum disorder and various other handicaps.
Newman was the producer of the original, multimillion-selling “Tubular Bells” LP, and is also the producer of the new version (co-produced by Steve Fearnley). Paul Brett is one of the world's top 12-string guitarists, a leading vintage guitar expert, and internationally known music journalist. “Tubular Bells” by the Children of Ireland is the flagship debut release single of Newman and Brett's new Viral Discs and Downloads record label. The full-length Children of Ireland LP, “Tubular Bells,” will follow.
“The idea was to bring to younger musicians the opportunity of recreating classic albums,” writes Brett, “and to record them in situ with many sections actually being recorded in the classroom. It is a wonderful opportunity for kids to take part and experience the creation of world-famous music, right in the security of their own environment.”
This compassionate musical project may seem ambitious, but Brett assures that it's merely the spearhead of a larger undertaking.
“Tom intends to undertake similar projects in the future that not only bond together children and young people, but also communities and even countries through the medium of popular music.”
The Children of Ireland's “Tubular Bells” also commemorates the original Oldfield record and the birth of Virgin Music 40 years ago, but it has taken titanic effort and dedicated commitment, particularly on the part of Newman.
Brett writes, “[For years] Tom took his mobile recording studio into school classrooms and recorded children across Ireland to bring his dream of spreading such iconic albums to young musicians and communities, even countries.”
Newman and Brett are taking every advantage of their built-up inertia, too.
“All profits from the single will be reinvested in a similar project,” they write, “so that we may have a platform to introduce young musicians into the world of popular music. Please support our goals and purchase a copy.”
“Tubular Bells” by the Children of Ireland is available online worldwide.
Staff Press Release Writer
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