Advent Day 17: The Shoes Brothers present: Don't Worry About A Thing!

With their Good News shoes well and truly tied on, Rev Neil Urquhart of Fullarton ConneXions and Father Willie Boyd of St Mary’s and St John Ogilvie’s, aka the Shoes Brothers, reminisce over years of bad ‘dad dancing’.

This year, with so many restrictions on community gatherings, their annual dose of madness, mayhem and meaning takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the last 10+ years of barrier-breaking, community celebrating Advent adventures culminating in a Covid Christmas song to remember.

Concerned not to miss their annual opportunity to encourage, uplift and point to Jesus as the real reason for the season, their latest short film takes the form of a Zoom call with a difference, culminating in their Christmas single ‘Don’t Worry About A Thing!’ and a lightsaber joust between 'Master Obi-Neil & Darth Willie’.

For over 18 years Neil and Willie have been friends, living just across the River Irvine from each other. But in the last 10 years they have become soul mates, with their own weekly 15 minute Irvine Beat FM Sunday morning radio show, ’Soul Sunday’, at 9:25am. Sandwiched between two popular songs they catch up and ’tag-share’ on different popular and religious themes.

The Shoes Brothers are of the firm belief that Jesus’ Beatitudes instruct us not to take ourselves too seriously, rather to let God’s love and peace-making fill and overflow us in respect and care for one another.

Infectious faith, fun and laughter

“Father Willie and I love meeting up each week over Zoom to record Soul Sunday,” Rev Neil Urquhart said.

“During early lockdown we were honoured to have so many heroes and stars of our community as Zoom guests on our Sunday night 'Shoes Brothers' Show’; so it made sense to have a bit of fun with Zoom.

“We laugh so much making these films. Okay, our dancing is cringe-worthy and the only time we hit the ‘high c’s’ is on board a boat, but we truly believe all the words of the song. Irvine Beat are great allies in their readiness to play our single regularly throughout the run-up to Christmas and New Year, which allows thousands of our local community to catch the vibe and hopefully work the life-giving words into their own lives.”

“We knew it would be difficult this year to engage our community with our usual antics, which try to involve people in person as well as across the internet,” Fr Willie Boyd said.

“But, where there’s a will there’s a way, and we did our best with the help of song-smith Alan Campbell, film-maker Stuart (Bill) Forsyth and make-up artist Dorothy Urquhart. Fortunately, North Ayrshire and Fullarton ConneXions remained in Tier 3 and allowed a safe place to film, whilst respecting restrictions. Hopefully our faith, fun and laughter is infectious at a time when people need a lift.”

Lyrics

Chorus

Don’t worry about a thing
Everything’s gonna be alright
Turn on the light and sing
Everything’s gonna be alright

Give thanks in everything
Everything’s gonna be alright
Turn up your voice and sing
Everything’s gonna be alright

Darkness falls upon our land,
Nothing certain, hard to plan
God is near stretch out your hand and
Look for him today

Child who built the starry skies
There within a manger lies
Humbly Jesus comes to us
Quietly, without fuss.

Chorus

Jesus switch on all our lights
Put an end to every fight.
He’s King of Kindness can’t you see?
Full of Love for you and me!

Here to clear our lockdown blues,
Change the channel to Good News,
Helping hand when you can’t cope,
With the message, “There is Hope!”

Chorus

Rap verse:

YOU! Wound up, fired up, ditched your dancing shoes?
YOU! Stressed out, strung out, drowning in the blues?
YO! Wise up, calm down, hear the angels sing,
Breathe in, breathe out, peace in everything!

Stream and download the song

‘Don’t Worry About A Thing!’ by The Shoes Brothers is available to stream and download on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon.

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