Portsmouth band is raising hundreds for NHS Charities Together through music sharing campaign

MUSIC is being spread through the community thanks to a fundraising initiative from a Portsmouth band showing support for the NHS.

Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 4:24 pm
Updated Sunday, 10th May 2020, 1:10 pm

Sounds4Pounds is an idea thought up by local five-piece group Rotaries, as a way to raise vital money and promote their newest track Smart Ones - with more than £1,000 collected in just three days.

Band members Liam Hickey, Nathan Sibley, Jordan Davies, Jamie Sibley and Justin Brown started by donating a gig fee, and have since been encouraging people to listen to the single and donate £2, before passing on the music or changing to a new track if they want to.

The group, which has been together since January 2018, aims to gather more support by getting other local artists involved so they can raise as much as possible - with Express FM promoting the campaign on its Local Music Show.

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Portsmouth band Rotaries have been raising money for the NHS through their Sounds4Pounds initiative with their new track Smart Ones. Pictured l-r: Jordan Davies, Nathan Sibley, Justin Brown, Jamie Sibley, Liam Hickey

Guitarist and vocalist Nathan, 22, said: ‘We are indebted to those who are putting themselves at risk on the front line to fight this. We wanted to give something back and couldn’t be happier with how our supporters and local music have come together.

‘The song really carries some meaning given the current climate and we wanted to emphasise the vital role our NHS has played over the last few months.’

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Jordan, also 22, added: ‘Despite being a small band, we are ever so slightly in the public eye and therefore I feel like we have an obligation to do what we can to help the heroes on the front line.’

Portsmouth band Rotaries have been raising money for the NHS through their Sounds4Pounds initiative with their new track Smart Ones. Pictured l-r Justin Brown, Liam Hickey, Robbie James from Express FM, Jordan Davies, Nathan Sibley, Jamie Sibley

Multi-vocalist band Rotaries has performed at the Wedgewood Rooms and released five singles to date, recorded at Mayfield Studios in Drayton. They also have an EP in the works to finalise and release when they can.

Liam, whose cousin Abbey Blackmore created the video for Smart Ones, said: ‘It’s up to you to decide what the song means, but for me it’s about the power of the collective to drive change.

‘For that reason it felt right to use it to try and provide something tangible, rather than just releasing it as an empty gesture of support.’

To stream the track, go to ditto.fm/smart-ones and to donate to Sounds4Pounds, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/sounds4pounds.

Portsmouth band Rotaries have been raising money for the NHS through their Sounds4Pounds initiative with their new track Smart Ones. Pictured: Performing at the Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road

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