Video: Singing the Blues for Ipswich Town

IPSWICH: It’s rare to find a band that can offer something new, work easily with each other and write a song guaranteed to draw fans.

But the town has produced one such musicial outfit in unlikely hit-makers The Kemps.

The trio consists of 85-year-old Ray on the accordion and brothers Mark, 50, and Graham, 55, on guitar and bass.

And they have written a new anthem for Ipswich Town Football Club that’s so catchy even the BBC is giving it airtime.

We Are The Town was played on Stephen Foster and Bob Shelley’s Sunday morning happy hour last weekend and the former says “dozens of people called in backing it” to be the team’s new tune.


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The Kemps were lifelong Super Blues fans before they became recording artists.

The idea to write a song began as banter between friends in Kesgrave Kitchen.

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But the trio soon realised they could create something special for the club and fans.

Mark said: “Ipswich Town are doing really well and with the new manager, there’s a different feeling in the air. People are excited and we wanted to write an anthem for the Town,We wrote the music and then the words and it seemed to come together quite well.”

The Kemps recorded the song to raise money for the EACH Treehouse Appeal, but after fans’ reaction to its BBC airing, Mark revealed they are tempted to take it further.

“We’d love it if the team and the fans adopted it,” he said.

Foster believes The Kemps’ dream is achievable if the song is re-recorded with a beat to give it “more of a footie feel”.

The BBC Radio Suffolk presenter said: “The song got a positive reaction and it’s a good little tune. Ipswich Town needs a good anthem and it’s got lots of potential.”

n Tell us what you think about the song and its potential as a new chant. Write to Your Letters, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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