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Phyllis raising money for Parkinson's UK

I created the character Phyllis four years ago and I've had great fun making short films and theatre about her as well as attending functions.

One of the things that makes Phyllis fun as a character is that she is this elderly white lady who defies age and gender stereotypes. She is a great fan of funk music who claims to have been a slap bass guitarist in the 1960s. It was inevitable that one day I would have her make a funk single of her own. I wrote the lyrics myself. They sum up Phyllis’ positive philosophy of life – but should not be taken too literally! I needed someone to set my words to music so I enlisted the help of musician and composer Tim Lane, with whom I have worked closely in the past. I am thrilled that he has helped me to create a really credible comedy release for charity.

The song is called Phyllis Phunk, and was recorded at Sea Plane Studio in Norwich. It has been released as a digital download, on Bandcamp, an online music store. All proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to the charity Parkinson’s UK.

We chose Parkinson’s UK because we are close to people who have been directly affected by Parkinson’s Disease. One of them contacted the charity on our behalf, who said they were pleased to have us do this.

The minimum donation to download the track is £1, and people have the option to donate more if they wish.

If you would like to hear and purchase a digital download of the song, click on the picture below and it will take you straight to Phyllis' Bandcamp page.

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