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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Radio 1 stars busk for shoppers in Carlisle city centre

Some of the stars from Radio 1 treated shoppers to an outburst of musical trickery in Carlisle yesterday as Big Weekend festival excitement mounted.

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Comedy Dave, Greg James and Dom 'busk' in Carlisle

Olly Murs had been due to take to the bandstand but couldn’t make it. So DJ Greg James joined Comedy Dave and Dom from the Chris Moyles Show to put on a hastily organised acoustic performance.

With Dom on guitar, Greg on the bongos and Dave on the loud-hailer, they belted out classics with a Cumbrian twist.

Kumbaya became “Cum-bri-a”. And the lyrics to Kool and the Gang’s hit Celebration were changed from “celebrate good times” to “celebrate Cumbria”.

The trio then amused crowds with a rendition of parody song Lamb Bhuna – a play on X Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s cover of Hallelujah.

Greg, who joins Chris Moyles in broadcasting his show from Cumbria all this week, said afterwards: “We didn’t have a lot of time to prepare – I think that showed.

“It is nice to be in Cumbria, it is a great place.”

Comedy Dave, who famously creates parody songs with Chris and the rest of the team, has come up with a special song dedicated to Carlisle.

The words of Your Song – written by Elton John and recently covered by singer Ellie Goulding, who is set to perform at the Big Weekend – have been changed to celebrate the Border City.

Dave told the News & Star: “I wrote it the other day and it has come out nice. When we went to Bangor last year we did a song and it went down really well, so this is something we wanted to repeat this year.”

The majority of the show’s parody songs hit a comical note comical but Dave said this recent attempt is more sincere.

“We decided to just play it straight with this one. We have Ellie Goulding singing it and she is playing at the Big Weekend.”

The song was played for the first time on air yesterday morning and Dave, who recently took part in hit show Dancing on Ice, said that it will be played all week.

He added: “It is great to be in Cumbria, it is a beautiful part of the country. Every year we look forward to the Big Weekend and it just keeps getting better and better. I think this is the best line up we have seen so far.”

  • Cumbrian butchers Cranston’s and fashion students from the University of Cumbria have teamed up to recreate Lady Gaga's iconic meat dress.

The students put a local twist on the design by incorporating Cranston's Cumberland sausages. The butcher is providing the meat for the dress which was being stitched at their food hall in Penrith.

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