Ashleigh Wood, ‘the face of Morecambe’, will be singing live in Rotunda Bar at The Midland on 17th October.
We caught up with her recently and asked her about the phenomenal success of her ‘Bring me Sunshine’ track and video which is promoting the town of Morecambe as a tourist destination.
What made you decide to do a rendition of Bring me Sunshine?
My manager and I decided we wanted to cover a well-known song and make it our own so I thought what better song to sing than Eric Morecambe’s, ‘Bring Me Sunshine’. It’s not just paying tribute to the local hero but also the town Morecambe. We tried to get as many local people in the video and we managed to get Morecambe Brass Band to play on the track as well as appear on the video.
And the reaction so far?
I can’t believe the support I’ve had from the town council and local organisations. The town council has posted the video and the link to iTunes on their website and its opened lots of doors as I performed the song at Morecambe Town Hall for the unveiling of the new Eric Morecambe Portrait. I also got invited to perform the song at the Eric Morecambe Tribute night at the Globe. That also led to me singing Bring Me Sunshine at the Football Club before the Morecambe Liverpool match!
A lot of people expressed their opinions on my video and said how it brought back lots of happy memories in Morecambe of when they were younger. Comments like that make it all worthwhile and me and my manager can’t believe the positive reaction we’ve had from it all.
How do you feel about performing in the Rotunda bar?
I can’t wait! The Rotunda bar is a fantastic, classy place and I’m excited to see what reaction I get to my huge mix of music.
Do you have anything special planned?
Of course I’ll be performing Bring Me Sunshine and let’s see how many people I can get to join in with me and sing along. I perform a wide variety of music starting from the 50’s all the way through to the charts. I’ve being performing since I was 16 so nearly 7 years and over the years I’ve learnt which dance songs go down great with a mixed age of people.
How is the single promoting tourism?
After 2 weeks the video had had over 14,000 views and with local people sharing, my song has reached a far wider area. In the video I’m dancing and skipping along the prom with the Eric Morecambe statue that magically comes to life. It shows Happy Mount Park, Winter Gardens, the statue and the prom. We had a gorgeous day for the filming and Morecambe looks amazing!!
What’s the dream for you career?
I’d love to support a well-known band or artist on tour. Maybe Jessie J or Taylor Swift?! And then obviously be able to sell out a show of my own.
Next on the agenda to achieve this?
I’ve an EP hopefully coming out next year so we’ll see what response that gets. I’m working with a great PR company called ‘Quite Great Communications’, so hopefully I may get recognised by a bigger record label.
Tell us your favourite performance venue so far
I think my favourite gig has to be Morecambe Carnival in front of thousands of people last year. I got a massive buzz from the crowd. My second favourite gig would have to be singing at Burnley Football Club last year and I’ve supported Burnley since I was really young! I was honoured to perform there and the crowd were ace. I took my Burnley shirt with me so everyone knew I supported them.