A PROG rock band whose lead singer comes from Oakworth has released a record in aid of Manorlands.

Ryan Hanson and his band Apostle will donate proceeds from the latest EP Sky Above Me to the Oxenhope hospice.

They will hand over profits from both physical and digital versions of the release to support Manorlands’ ongoing crisis appeal.

Professional singer Ryan, who performs with Apostle across the UK, describes the hospice as “a beacon of hope through stormy waters”.

Apostle and their record company Progressive Gears decided to team up with Manorlands during their enforced down-time due to the pandemic.

Ryan said: “We had so much planned for this year, there would have been festivals and support slots with major bands like Jethro Tull and Whitesnake.

“We were aware of Manorlands’ financial difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic and desperately wanted to get involved.

“I am only too aware of the fantastic service everybody associated with the hospice provides to people with life-limiting conditions as my father spent the remainder of his life there.”

The quintet of seasoned musicians, who except Ryan hail from Dewsbury, have shared stages with acts like Budgie, Kaiser Chiefs, Magnum, Gary Moore and Martin Barre.

Taking their influences from bands dating from the 70s to present day, such as Led Zeppelin​, Rival Sons and Pink Floyd, the band promises a unique sound mixing “great rock riffs and melodies with a twist of prog”.

The band originally formed as The Apostles of Chaos but eventually realised the name did not reflect their music.

The sound developed further throughout last year following the recruitment of singer Ryan and keyboard player Chris Allen to join existing members Marcus Murray, Shaun Tin Tin Ellis and Richard Lidster.

They released their debut album in March 2019, and had originally planned to release the Sky Above Me EP at the end of March this year to coincide with a string of UK dates. The lockdown put paid to those plans.

Visit suerydercare.bandcamp.com to buy the EP.