Band hope sales of single will help spread the love

Beth Oliver (left) lead singer with (centre) Louise Whitmore and (right) Rob Turner at Pie and Vinyl, Southsea
Beth Oliver (left) lead singer with (centre) Louise Whitmore and (right) Rob Turner at Pie and Vinyl, Southsea
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MOST bands try to make as much money as they can when they begin their music career.

But retro group The Beth Oliver Band don’t have any qualms about giving away a portion of their profits to others.

The six-piece group will donate 40p from the sales of their first single Love to the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK and the Portsmouth Foyer, in Landport, which provides shelter for homeless people under the age of 25.

The band, which has only been performing at venues for six months, originally wanted to give the money to their promoter Love Southsea.

But the two groups got together and decided the money would be better spent on the worthy causes instead.

Love Southsea has decided to support both charities at its huge annual fun day, which will take place at Castle Field, Southsea, on Saturday, July 8.

The Beth Oliver Band – named after vocalist Beth Oliver, 23, from Fratton – will headline the spectacle and perform their new single as well as other tracks from their new album Love.

The band’s rhythm guitarist Rob Turner, 53, from Tipner, said they weren’t in it for the money.

‘We’re in it for the fun,’ Mr Turner said.

‘Plus we wanted to help these charities through the sales of Love because the song is about reaching out to others and feeling positive.

‘It just felt like the right thing to do. We wanted to make a feelgood song that would capture the mood of the summer in 1976.’

Louise Whitmore, 40, who runs Love Southsea, said: ‘This is a completely unselfish act.

‘It’s amazing that the band want to give something back to the community.

‘I haven’t heard of a local act doing this before.

‘They’re a fantastic bunch of people and their style is so unique. It’s a cross between The Monkees and The Beatles. Beth has such a distinctive voice.’

Miss Oliver said: ‘I want to make other people’s wishes come true.

‘Mine has already come true because people have come to see me sing. It’s a feeling you can’t describe.’

The band will also be the opening act at Victorious Vintage, a two-day festival marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which will be held at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on June 3 and 4. The band’s new track Love will be available to buy for 79p on iTunes from May 11.

The track will be available on all major download sites three weeks afterwards.