Stevenage singer tipped for number one slot

A SINGER who shot to fame in the seventies is hoping to secure the Christmas number one slot in the charts this year. Mum-of-one Cathy Lesurf, who grew up in Stevenage, has already sold 900 downloads of her single Christmas Time, which was released online

A SINGER who shot to fame in the seventies is hoping to secure the Christmas number one slot in the charts this year.

Mum-of-one Cathy Lesurf, who grew up in Stevenage, has already sold 900 downloads of her single Christmas Time, which was released online last week.

The 52-year-old was the lead vocalist in a string of popular bands in the Seventies and Eighties, including Fairport Convention and The Albion Band, but her first major chart success came in 1979 as the singer with four-piece folk band Fiddler's Dram. Their hit, Day Trip to Bangor, reached number three in the charts that year.

Christmas Time - a folk song - was penned by Cathy's husband, David, 51. He said: "It's an easy listen and a great family sing-a-long. That's why it's been so popular - because it can be enjoyed by all age ranges."


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Cathy, who remains a full-time musician, said: "I'm totally overwhelmed by the response.

"I absolutely love the song and I know it appeals to youngsters, teenagers and adults alike, but I'm still amazed about how well it's doing. It made me realise how hungry people are for a good old-fashioned sing-along that comes from the heart.

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"People are stopping me in the street and congratulating me, saying it will go all the way to number one. To do that, I'll need everyone's help."

To stand a chance of cracking the top 10, Cathy must sell a minimum of between 6,000 and 8,000.

The single was recorded on a shoestring, and David said: "We don't have the backing of the big guys, but we're calling on everyone who wants a genuine feel-good Christmas song this year to help us go one better than Bangor and get Cathy's record to the number one spot it deserves."

Christmas Time is available as a download from iTunes, Amazon and Napster, priced 70p.

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