Listen to Mansfield artists’ Christmas singles

A MANSFIELD solo artist and an up and coming local rock band are both hoping to find chart success during the festive season after releasing their Christmas singles on Monday.

Singer songwriter Gary J. Armstrong and experimental rock band Road to Distraction have both penned new songs which they are hoping will make it into official UK charts over Christmas.

Gary, who is the former front man for Mansfield-based band The Beetroot Kings, has released his Christmas single Dance Down The Local on the back of his debut solo album Fishing with Dynamite.

“The actual charting position is of no consequence to me, but it would be great to see people downloading the track and embracing the sentiment behind the song,” said Gary.

Part of the proceeds of the single will also play a major part in raising money for the Rudozem Street Dog Charity - an organisation which rescues stray dogs from the streets of Bulgaria and finds suitable homes for them.

The video for the single, produced by Shaun Milburn, has also gone live on YouTube at Gary’s official online channel.

Music lovers can download Dance Down The Local from all major online retailers from Saturday and fans can also see Gary’s band play live at The Plough in New Ollerton on the same day.

“This really is a case of word of mouth and each of us locally promoting the track to friends, family and co-workers,” he added.

“There is no inflated marketing budget for this track which allows more money raised to go towards helping a worthy cause.”

Rockers Road to Distraction are also hoping for some chart success this Christmas after releasing new single Not Just Another Year, which is now available to download.

The band, which has already enjoyed success on the live music circuit after supporting Gareth Gates at this year’s Mansfield Party in the Park, are currently working on their debut album which they are set to release next year.

Paul Lewis, who is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the band, is urging as many people as possible to download the recently penned track.

“It is an official UK chart release and we are trying to gather a following as we have released this song to make a stand for real musicians who play local and national venues week after week but seem to be forgotten about by the record bosses and general music scene,” he said.

For information on Road to Distraction visit www.roadtodistraction.co.uk or for information on Gary J. Armstrong visit www.garyjarmstrong.com or follow him on twitter @gja32.