Shropshire rock band puts home town in the spotlight

A rock band from Shropshire is hoping to put its home town in the spotlight once more with its latest music video.

The video starts with a small boy chasing a £20 note
The video starts with a small boy chasing a £20 note

Locations around Wellington, Doseley and Dawley feature prominently in a new video to accompany Savannah's latest single Work, which will be released on Friday.

The single examines how people go through life in the pursuit of material gain, and begins in Wellington, where a small child starts running after a floating £20 note through a housing estate.

Limekiln Woods, Doseley, Telford Steam Railway, Dawley and Dale End Park at Coalbrookdale all feature in the video, as the toddler becomes a teenager, then a grown man as he continues to chase the money.

Savannah

It follows a similar style to a 2015 video by the band, which featured well-known Dawley character 'Mad' Chris Hainey wandering around the streets of the town.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Jason Lewis said one of the aims was to raise Telford's profile.

"We're very proud of where we come from," said Jason, 27.

The boy becomes a young man, still chasing money

"We're trying to work creatively with the beautiful locations we have nearby, and the fact that we're from Dawley means we know know some of the hidden gems, rather than the obvious places like the High Street."

It is Savannah's 15th single since the band was formed seven years ago, and Jason said work would begin on an album later this year.

A middle-aged man continues the pursuit of the £20 note

He said the lockdown had been tough for him and his bandmates, drummer Harry Neat, and bass player Ellis Neat, 24.

"We haven't done a gig since March, and for the first four or five months if felt like we had lost our brothers," he said.

The young boy has become an older man, but is still after the money

"But we have been able to use that time creatively, and the video took about two months to make, during November and December."

The new song will be released on YouTube on Friday, and will also be available on Spotify and Bandcamp, as well as the band's Facebook and Instagram pages @SavannahUK

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