Kate Miller-Heidke will team up with facial-hair-themed comedy rock band The Beards to release an unusual Christmas single this year, and it’s all for charity.
The single, called I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas is a Christmas single like no other, delivering an important message about clamscaping and manscaping with jangling sleigh bells and ding-dongs merrily on high.
Ever since Kate Miller-Heidke covered You Should Consider Having Sex With A Bearded Man on stage at the 2012 APRA Awards, and The Beards accompanied her Nightflight album tour, fans have been clamouring for a collaboration.
“The Beards opened for me on tour a couple of years ago, and some of their fans heckled me for not having a beard,” Kate says.
“This song is my revenge on them. Also, it taps into my sick love of Christmas songs. It’s one of the poppiest, most upbeat songs I’ve ever written and it’s my dream that it gets played at Westfield during extended Christmas shopping hours. Also, it’s for charity.”
The single will help raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia and their annual fundraising effort, Decembeard.
Claire Annear of Bowel Cancer Australia says bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer of Australians and affects men and women almost equally.
“The good news is that it is also preventable, treatable and beatable if detected early,” Claire says. “Proudly 100 per cent community funded, Bowel Cancer Australia relies on the generous support of individuals and organisations to continue its vital work in advocacy, awareness, education, patient support and research.
“We really appreciate the creative way Kate has used her new Christmas single to encourage more people to be bowel cancer aware this Decembeard, and help save lives.”
I’m Growing a Beard Downstairs for Christmas will be available through iTunes from Friday 27 November or through Bowel Cancer Australia’s website here.
This year, anyone who participates in Decembeard or sponsors someone involved will receive a free download of the song!