National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

17 April 2014

Young farmers are aiming to break into the top 40 with a charity single featuring comedian Alexander Armstrong and singer Chesney Hawkes to help raise awareness about rural isolation and mental health issues affecting young people. 

Put that Hoedown is an upbeat track that was recorded at the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios in London, involving 50 young farmers from the Essex Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (FYFC). The video includes celebrity guest appearances and a New Holland T7.210 tractor specially wrapped in Union Jack livery!

Essex Young Farmers set themselves the challenge to write, record and release an original song, with the hope of getting it into the UK Top 40 on the weekend of NFYFC's Annual Convention in Blackpool on the 9-11 May 2014. More than 5,000 young farmers will descend on the seaside resort for a weekend of competitions and entertainment – including DJs from Radio 1.

Track highlights:
•    Comic Alexander Armstrong speaks at the end of the song
•    Singer Chesney Hawkes makes a guest appearance in the video, which was filmed at locations across Essex and Abbey Road Studios
•    The video choreography was performed by Bunty Bailey – most famous for her appearance in the video for A-Ha’s ‘Take On Me’
•    100 Young Farmers took part in the video, 50 sang on the chorus and four sing lead vocals. 

The song, which was written and produced with the help of Audio Network, celebrates Young Farmers and how they work hard, play hard and support each other. The lyrics reference the recent floods that affected farming communities across the UK, which young farmers supported raising more than £40k to support communities devastated by the Somerset floods.

The chart-topping challenge is all in aid of the NFYFC’s Rural+ campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness of rural isolation and mental health issues in young people. Money raised from the single will be donated to two charities: YoungMinds and The Farming Community Network.

Sam Iddison, Chairman of Essex FYFC, said: “Music in particular is a proven mental boost. It can help create a positive mindset so it feels like the perfect way to raise awareness and money for those charities.

“We’ve had so much support for our single and we are really hoping we can break into the top 40 with it in time for the young farmers’ Annual Convention. It will be a great way to celebrate, surrounded by 5,000 young farmers!”

The song is available to pre-order on iTunes from Thursday 17 April and the release is set for Monday 5 May 2014.


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