Keynsham band Foreign Affairs release song of hope to help women battling cancer

Published on: 06 Nov 2015

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November 2015


A song written by two Keynsham brothers as their mother recovered from breast cancer is now being used to raise money to help other women in their battle.

Lawrence and Adam Purnell, who along with Ben Sweeney form the band Foreign Affairs, released You Said To Me on October 5 to coincide with Breast Cancer Care’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

All proceeds from sales of the single, which is available on iTunes, will go to the charity, which gave their mum, Valerie, vital support as she fought the disease.

The song has been played on radio stations across the country, including BBC London with Gaby Roslin and BBC Oxford with Will Gompertz, as the band dropped into the studios to tell the story behind the song. It has also been featured on BBC Introducing in the West, which showcases unsigned acts.

Lawrence said the song’s message is one of hope and Valerie, who was the first person to hear the track, chose the charity that would benefit.

He said: “Breast Cancer Care helped Mum a lot – it doesn’t work on the medical side of things but offers support to women going through breast cancer, which is so incredibly important. We discussed it with the charity and the single is part of its national campaign.

“I first played the song to Mum as she was recovering, as with all our songs she is usually the first person who hears a track. As you would expect, it was emotional, she loved it and has been so supportive. It’s a wonderful thing to share together.

“We have been playing the song live over the last year. It has been played all over the world and at some of the biggest festivals and the reaction is always one that far exceeds what we could have ever imagined when writing it.

“It is testament that whether or not you have been directly affected [by cancer] yourself, it is almost certain that you will know someone who has.”

As well as airplay, the brothers and Ben – whose own mother also fought breast cancer some years ago – played a house gig in Keynsham for around 100 people, raising £400 for Breast Cancer Care.

The group’s next local performance will be at Komedia in Bath on November 17, before appearances in Zurich, Switzerland, and in France over coming months.
You Said To Me by Foreign Affairs is available to download from iTunes.

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