Published: 09:00, 05 May 2020
| Updated: 09:54, 05 May 2020
Kent cricketing twins Julius and Fabian Cowdrey haven’t wasted their time in lockdown.
A recently released song, titled Frontline, is raising money for NHS Charities and has been streamed thousands of times already.
Julius believes he suffered from Covid-19 and once recovered was keen to write a song giving thanks to those who are on the frontline in the battle against the virus.
The Canterbury-born pair, who were both playing for Minster Cricket Club in the Kent League last season, took less than 30 minutes to pen the lyrics together, and around 10 days to get the song released.
“I went through the virus, which was a pretty hellish experience,” said former Made in Chelsea star Julius, who recently appeared on The Voice.
“It was very rough but luckily I came out the other side. I was sat at the piano and the only thing on all of our minds right now is Covid and I said, ‘Fabs, why don’t we write a song?’
“I didn’t expect to be releasing it two weeks later. We didn’t necessarily think it would be a good song, we wanted to just write about it and get it out of our system. Coming from a personal place with it, it was quite an easy writing session and 10 days, two weeks later, we got it released and it has been received so well.
“It has been this really nice thing to focus on. It is not easy getting a song out, especially when James Blunt and Alicia Keys release a song about the same cause the week afterwards! But if we can raise a bit of dosh then we are really pleased.”
Julius had been self-isolating in his bedroom while he overcame his illness.
He said: “I was like many of us, to say, ‘oh well, I wont get it.’ I am healthy, I eat well, I exercise, but actually it shows that anyone can get it.”
The pair have now left Minster CC. The Kent League won’t restart now until July, at the earliest, but they are keeping their options open about where they will be playing next.
Former Kent cricketer Fabian enjoyed two great years at Minster while Julius chipped in with some impressive performances when commitments allowed.
“We won’t be playing at Minster anymore,” Fabian confirmed.
“It was nice to be there for two seasons, to have enjoyed two promotions and it went pretty well personally, with eight tones, averaged 100 and took 60 wickets, so that was a good stint but sadly it’s not to be anymore. I wish them all the best for the future.”
Julius added: “We love playing in Kent so we will see what happens.”
Their song has been given some promotion from both Essex and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Clubs and they hope a few of the players at Kent will give it a helping hand too.
Fabian said: “Alastair Cook was [who plays for Essex] was singing the second verse publicly on their twitter. They have been raising money for their local NHS and so the cricket world are getting behind it.
“We have tried to push Kent [into promoting it]. They don’t have the best orchestra or singers in their camp, which I know through experience, but we are hoping to push it far and wide. Daniel Bell-Drummond is a brilliant rapper but I don’t think it would suit.
“It is great to see people getting behind it. We are not going to be the Captain Tom Moore [who has raised over £30m for NHS Charities] of this world but every little counts and we are hoping to make a difference.”
Click here to listen to the song and see the players from Essex with their version below;
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