Tulips and coffee
Gareth Dix’s band The Claze wrote the song Tulips and Coffee for their friend with cancer, as well as to promote the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. He tells us how the song spread worldwide and received airplay on national radio.
‘Our friend Naomi, who’s now sadly passed away, was being treated for breast cancer when we wrote Tulips and Coffee. It meant a massive amount to her. And we decided to record the song and make a video so that it can help other people going through similar situations.
‘Emma, a fundraising manager from Macmillan, was key to the whole thing taking off. She was the one who said, “Right, we’re going to get this song on radio.” The next thing we knew, Clare Balding played it on her BBC Radio Two show Good Morning Sunday. On the weekend after Naomi died, she played it again as a tribute.
‘The song was also played loads on BBC Radio Cornwall – every week they were saying, “Don’t forget Macmillan’s Coffee Morning.” And people I would’ve never imagined retweeted the song, like Chris Robshaw, the England rugby captain.
‘It’s massive when you have someone like Emma saying that anything is possible. And the story continues – we’re still getting tweets and messages about the song now.’
Watch Tulips and Coffee by The Claze.