Musicians around Torbay and South Devon have come together to provide an online music resource while also raising money for NHS frontline staff.
Torbay Rocks is the brainchild of Torquay bar owner Brett Morton who wanted a way to help musicians who are out of work during the lockdown.
Brett, who runs Offshore on Torquay waterfront which runs live music five nights a week, initially thought it would be a way of supporting self-employed musicians financially.
Since the government announced funding for the self-employed, the project has now turned into a campaign to help NHS staff.
Now That’s What I Call Torbay, the isolation compilation, has been put together with 50 bands and singers taking part.
Brett explained: “When help came through for the self-employed, we thought let’s give the money to the NHS. The way everything has happened has been just fantastic.
“I just wanted to find a way people could listen to their favourite local bands.
“It’s just been so rewarding, everyone coming together to support the NHS.
“I have been both surprised and humbled at how well it has gone so far and so many artists wanted to get involved.
“It all just snowballed from a little idea to get some music out there.
“It’s grown into something far bigger than I ever imagined.”
Within 24 hours of the website torbayrocks.co.uk going live, £900 had been raised of a target of £5,000.
Well known producer Barney Dine, formerly a member of 3BF, compiled and co-ordinated the music.
Web designers luketom.com set up the website which proved so popular it crashed although this has since been rectified.
Brett added: “A lot of the messages we have had are that people are really enjoying being able to access the music and the musicians themselves are loving listening to other music too.
“And the musicians are reaching a wider audience as well.”
Bands involved in the project include Joey The Lips, Drew Millin, Oxe Eye Daisies, New Daze, Babysnakes, Mafia4, Colin Reece and Busta Groove.
Go to torbayrocks.co.uk to download and donate.