Vicious Circle show soft side for charity

The Vicious Circle
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A WIGAN band has teamed up with a national children’s charity to produce a fund-raising single which will be launched later this month.

Four-piece The Vicious Circle have recorded their song Overtaking Time to raise money for Lagan’s Foundation, a Bolton-based organisation which provides support to families with newborn babies who have a congenital heart defect.

The indie-influenced pop-rock group, made up of lead vocalist and bassist Peter Garry, lead guitarist and vocalist Mike Shannon, guitarist and vocalist Pete Owen and drummer Stephen Berrey, recorded the song with independent producer Ant Booth and will launch it at an event in Aspull in March.

Pemberton musician Pete said: “The charity single is a bit different to our normal sound. Usually we’re quite an energetic but this is a rock ballad.

“Our lead guitarist Mike wrote the song, and originally it was going to be about a man who loses his wife.

“However, as we’ve got the link with Lagan’s Foundation we swapped the lyrics round and now it’s about being reunited with a loved one and helping them.”

Pete became aware of Lagan’s Foundation through DJing several of the charity’s events and as his partner is a volunteer, and was asked to produce the single by founder Carren Bell.

He said: “It was a massive honour for us as a band and something we were more than happy to do.

“It’s really given us a sense of purpose and makes us feel we are doing music for a reason and giving something back.

“The charity has a network of volunteers up and down the country and provides specialist care for babies with heart defects while also supporting the parents and any other children they have.

“The single will also be rolled out nationwide so it’s a really good opportunity for us to have our music heard.”

Overtaking Time will be officially launched at the Village on the Green on March 7, at an event which will also feature support slots from Wigan group The Tulips and a second band which has yet to be confirmed.

The Vicious Circle recorded the charity single in Bolton and also filmed a promotional video, which has been produced by Jessica McDade and mixes behind-the-scenes studio footage with shots of the group performing live.

The group formed last March and is also currently in the process of recording its as-yet untitled debut EP.

The Vicious Circle will launch Overtaking Time at the Village on the Green, in Aspull, on March 7. The event is free but tickets must be reserved in advance from

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