A budding musician has recorded a CD of original songs in a bid to raise more than £3,000 for a once in a lifetime trip to Malawi next year, and her album is already proving a hit.
Daisy Allen, 16, of Union Street, Pocklington, uploaded her first album ‘Drift’ on Bandcamp, a platform that artists use to sell their products.
On Sunday night she posted about it on imgur, the picture sharing social network. Within 12 hours her post had almost a quarter of a million hits. In addition, her promotional Facebook video had more than 7,000 hits and she had sold 78 copies of her album. By the time the Post went to print, Daisy had sold more than 150 copies.
She said: “I was really excited, I wasn’t expecting anything that big. It’s just been very overwhelming.
“I’ve always been playing music and attempting to write songs but recently I really got into the latter of these things. It’s just something I wanted to create and share with people.”
Daisy is attempting to raise £3,300 for a trip to Malawi in July 2016. The trip, organised by Outlook Expeditions in partnership with her school, Woldgate College, will involve working with the Vinjeru project, which helps build educational building for small, deprived communities, as well as helping teach English to the local children and some sightseeing. A group of 16 sixth form students will be making the trip, which they have to organise themselves, including raising all the money.
Popular ways of fundraising include car boot sales, car wash events and supermarket bag packing. But Daisy has taken the novel approach of recording a CD. She needs to sell 500 copies to reach her fundraising target. She has been singing at local venues since the age of seven. She turned to songwriting in the last year. Daisy was given encouragement when she supported fellow Pocklington musician and chart topping classical pianist Emmanuel Vass in May.
She spent her birthday money on a professional microphone and then set up her bedroom as a mini recording studio using the app GarageBand on her dad Patrick’s MacBook. She recorded and mixed all the tracks herself, including vocals, harmonies, lead guitar, bass guitar and cajon drum, made by her dad. She recorded the album in breaks between her GCSE revision during May and June this year.
Patrick said: “I am very proud of her. She goes to Woldgate and has been in all the talent shows every year. She has always wanted to sing and be on stage.”
Daisy will be performing tracks from her album at a variety of fundraising events, including live events in the Art and Rose Gallery on Pocklington’s Market Street and Barmbyfield Barns, in Barmby Moor.
Physical and digital copies of Daisy’s album are available on Bandcamp: https://daisyallen.bandcamp.com/releases.