North East songwriting pair ‘The Larks’ plan to represent Switzerland in Eurovision 2014Lisa Hutchinson | The Chronicle Live
From playing in their bedrooms to singing in front of millions worldwide, this duo aren’t larking about when it comes to Eurovision.
Interior designer Hayley Rodgers, 40, of High Spen, Gateshead, and Podiatrist Dan Noble, 34, of Medomsley, County Durham, met following a reunion between former school friends, Dan’s wife Janette and Hayley. It was then that Hayley played a recording of her singing and impressed Dan suggested they form a band.
Hayley, unable to read music, and Dan, being out of practice on the guitar, were both secret songwriters at home but were set on recording and performing covers as a trio with Dan’s talented childhood friend, bass player and violinist, David Fox.
A chance connection on twitter with the London based producer Stephen ‘Beanz’ Rudden of Plutonic Group, himself a Eurovision veteran having been the mastermind behind the UK 1995 entry by Love City Groove, spurned a number of collaborations between the trio before the decision was made to enter their song ‘Summer Loving’ co-written with and produced by Beanz.
Hayley and Dan now work in collaboration with Beanz under his label Plutonic Group, writing music for use in television, film, advertising and in other media channels.
Hayley said: “Who knows where this could take us.
“It was Beanz’s idea. He has experience in these things and it was an opportunity we didn’t want to miss.”
Voting begins on November 4th when nine of the songs entered will be chosen by voters for the final show, airing on national TV in February. For the ‘Summer Loving’ video follow, http://www.eurovisionplattform.sf.tv/videos/summer_loving