Comic Relief 2009 presents ‘Barry Islands In The Stream’

Comic Relief 2009 presents ‘Barry Islands In The Stream’Gavin and Stacey stars Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon team up with Sir Tom Jones and Robin Gibb for this special single release. Out March 9th on Mercury Records. The already much talked about and wildly rumoured special one-off collaboration from Gavin and Stacey favourites, Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon, who perform as Bryn West and Nessa Jenkins, is finally ready to be unveiled to the public. The special collaboration dubbed '(Barry) Islands In The Stream' will be one of two official Comic Relief singles which will be released for the Red Nose Day 2009 campaign on March 9th. The comic duo have teamed up with legendary Welsh crooner, Sir Tom Jones, and very special guest Robin Gibb to bring us “Barry Islands In The Stream”. Bryn and Nessa caused renewed interest in the classic duet when they sang their rendition of the song at Gwen’s birthday barn dance in series 2 of “Gavin and Stacey”. The excerpt from the series which features Nessa and Bryn performing the duet and accompanied by a group of line dancers quickly became one of the most downloaded comic clips on YouTube. In fact, their rendition had even been seen by the Bee Gees and when Barry and Robin were approached for permission to record the song Robin Gibb personally called up and said he was a huge fan of the show and would do anything for Comic Relief. The Bee Gees originally wrote the song in 1983 when it became a smash hit for Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers and subsequently has become one of Britain's most popular karaoke songs.

In true Comic Relief style, Nessa and Bryn's very special version of the song is packed with unexpected extras. Not only did Robin Gibb give permission for the song to be recorded, he also sings backing vocals on the track and even appears in the 9 minute video! But if that’s not enough for fans, our Barry Island singing duo have enlisted the help of none other than Welsh singing legend Sir Tom Jones who also acts in the video.

NESSA said I’m not gonna lie to you, it made my week workin with Tom again. We go back a long way. Simple as. And as for Robin, he’s been beggin me for years to be my backing singer. I’m only glad this single could make his dream come true. Tidy.”

This hilarious epic mini-film/video, shot in the style of the TV series, sees Bryn and Nessa leave Barry Island and the arcade (where they run into Robin Gibb) to head to Las Vegas (where they run into Sir Tom) to fulfil every karaoke fan’s dream of taking part in the World Karaoke Championships – you’ll have to wait until the first exclusive showing of the full 9 minute video (scheduled for Feb 20th) to see how they got on. The video also features none other than Pop Idol's (Nasty) Nigel Lythgoe playing the role he is best known for as a judge at the championships.

Bryn said " I had a whale of a time filming in the Nevada desert and I'll tell you for why, I felt like I was in Brokeback Mountain!"

The CD single also includes Bryn’s brilliant version of James Blunt’s “Wisemen” and if that weren't enough we are also treated to Nessa and Bryn crooning 'Something Stupid' – both songs also featured in series 2 of Gavin and Stacey.

This spectacular single together with the video and extra tracks package is already tipped to be a big hit so get the single on download on the 8th March and on CD on the 9 March. Profits from the record will go to Comic Relief to help poor and vulnerable people in the UK and Africa. The duo are set to perform the track on Comic Relief's enormous Night of TV which kicks off at 7pm, BBC1 on Friday 13th March.

To buy the single go to any of these links: