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Singing for the Blades, Sheffield and the NHS

26 April 2020

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It's one of football's most instantly recognisable chants, now United's special Kop anthem is scoring for the city's NHS workers.

Local singer, songwriter and performer Max Restaino has recorded a fabulous bluesy/jazz 'Greasy Chip Butty' track which is a tribute to the Blades - and Sheffield itself, his home city.

It promises to give Unitedites something to cheer about during the Premier League lockdown and every penny it raises through downloads goes to the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

The song came about when Max's friend, local journalist Mike Firth, dared to mention he thought the hugely popular chant needed something adding. Perhaps another verse or two.

"That's what I suggested to Max but it soon became clear he was thinking on a whole different level and within a week he had written, performed and recorded a fabulous new song. I'm sure Blades fans will take it to their hearts and other Sheffield folk will also appreciate it," said Mike.

Max added: "I've lived in Sheffield all my life so writing lyrics wasn't so difficult. I'm a very proud Sheffielder and I really think that comes across in the song. I enjoyed using the humorous Sheffield colloquialisms and using a Sheffield accent in places of the song. I don't get to incorporate that when singing and writing music for myself so it was fun to do so.

"I've known the 'Greasy Chip Butty' for years as it has turned into a well-known football chant. Me and my friends sing the song when United games are on. I've always found the lyrics funny and definitely think they capture Northern humour.

"I'm glad I had the opportunity to write and produce a full song using 'Greasy Chip Butty' as the chorus. I'm sure that devoted United fans and many Sheffielders will be thrilled to hear the song dedicated to our home town.

"It's the perfect time to release the song to make people smile in uncertain times and to raise money for a worthy cause."

The song is available to download on all major platforms, click here to listen on Spotify - every penny of your donation will go to Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

David Reynolds, executive director of Sheffield Hospitals Charity, said: "This is an incredible display of support from Max and everybody involved.

"This song is an opportunity to share in something special; something that celebrates Sheffield and says 'thank you' to our NHS. So please do download it and share it as far and wide as possible.

"All the proceeds will support those hard-working staff in our hospitals - providing them with care packages, refreshments, break-out areas and much more at this time of need. Your help would mean more than ever.

"We all know how challenging these times are, but throughout the past few weeks, we have been blown away by the way Sheffield people have come together to support their amazing NHS and we really are so grateful."

Max Restaino is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. His studio in Sheffield is just a goal-kick away from Bramall Lane.

He has performed at some of the UK's most prestigious venues on arena tours with Rebecca Ferguson, Steps, Shane Filan, Peter Andre and Tears For Fears.

Max's musical talents have been in demand in studio sessions for Gary Barlow, Peter Kay, Donny Osmond, Geri Halliwell, Gregory Porter and others.

On 'Greasy Chip Butty', Max plays piano, saxophone, accordion, acoustic guitar, Vox and BV'S. Electric guitar is Lewis Downs and bass player is Marcus Cain.

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