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Kieron on song as he sails away.

Byline: Brian Daniel

A TEENAGE singer has worked with bandmates of late Beatle George Harrison on a collaboration released to mark a charity branch's 70th anniversary.

Kieron Boston, 16, from St Aidan's Terrace, New Herrington, recorded a version of Sail Away, a song originally written and recorded by Bob Purvis of South Shields duo Splinter, who had a long association with Harrison.

Bob gave his permission for the song to be used and Newcastle College student Kieron recorded his version with composer John Barham, who has worked not only with Harrison but also John Lennon, Roger Daltry and Gene Pitney.

All involved gave their time and services free of charge as money raised from sales of the single will go to Cancer Research UK, whose South Shields local committee is celebrating its 1936 formation.

Its co-ordinator John Pickering said: "As part of the 70th anniversary celebrations, it was suggested that a record be released on behalf of the group.

"The aim was not only to raise money for research but also to raise public awareness of the existence of local committees and groups throughout the UK in the hope that younger members could be encouraged to join to ensure their future."

The project was the idea of Inscribe Music who approached Kieron through his principal at Newcastle Dance Centre, Mavis Whiteside, after he was spotted by Bob's daughter whilst performing at a variety show.

Kieron said: "It was fantastic, a great experience. I really enjoyed it. I'm delighted to be doing it for them, and hope I earn a lot of money for Cancer Research."

The song was released last Monday and is proving an initial success with Inscribe this week promoting it in London.

John said: "The release of Sail Away is the result of a considerable amount of time and effort on the part of a number of people without whom the original idea would never have materialised.

"The South Shields group is extremely grateful to all those involved."

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IN TUNE: Kieron Boston who has recorded a CD with some of George Harrison's former band members for Cancer Research.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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