Watch Alfreton Male Voice Choir busking at home for Red Nose Day fundraiser

Members of Alfreton Male Voice Choir have recorded themselves ‘busking’ at home to raise funds for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 5:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 8:41 am

In pre-Covid time, guys of the choir don bright fancy dress to ‘busk’ around Alfreton while collecting money from passers-by, shops and even passengers in passing cars.

Choir chairman and chief busker Mick Mullarkey said: “Last year, Covid caught us all out, so this year, we were determined to do something to support Red Nose

Day. The choir hatched a plan to dress up and busk from our homes to produce a video, to make people laugh and raise money by internet donation”.

Prior to the Covid pandemic, members of Alfreton Male Voice Choir would don fancy dress to collect money in Alfreton on the Saturday near Red Nose Day. Pictured are: chief busker Mick Mullarkey, John Tate, Peter Singleton and Brian Thornton, left to right.

The choir decided to perform their version of ‘The Ballad of the Refuse Officer’ in other words, ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’ to honour Red Nose Day on March 19.

Mick took the lead part, accompanying himself on guitar as he recorded the song at home, then the choir guys sang the choruses individually in their houses.

Baritone section member Dave Smith mixed the sound recordings and tenor section member John Stamp did the video edit.

The choir has become adept at home recording since the pandemic struck.

Mick said: “The choir now has several recordings on YouTube and social media and are proud of both our singing, music and technical achievements during the last year. However, I can say that singing and recording whilst wearing red noses is a first for the choir but we had good fun doing it which is what Red Nose fundraising is about.”

To donate to Red Nose Day, go to