Owain drums up his own House Band as hundreds join him and play along

Hundreds of budding musicians from all over the UK have sent in clips of themselves playing the BBC News music, after being inspired by Owain the drumming weatherman last week.

Published: 23 April 2020
It’s absolutely brilliant and I’m so pleased that so many people have wanted to jump on board with my Big House Band.
— Owain Wyn Evans

Owain Wyn Evans of BBC North West Tonight was getting so many clips sent to him of people joining in and playing along with his virtuoso performance that he decided to launch an appeal for a Big House Band to bring some fun and lift spirits during lockdown.

Last week when he released the video of him drumming 700,000 people viewed it in just two hours and a week later it has been viewed over 5 million times, making headlines everywhere from America to Australia.

After he announced the launch of his Big House Band on Friday night, over 500 drummers, singers and string players had sent in clips of themselves playing along to the iconic music.

Entries range from a man playing trumpet in a bubble bath, to The Proud Mary Barber Shop Choir who have harmonised the ‘pips’. One lady tap dances the rhythm, while the composer of the original music David Lowe has even got involved himself, sending in a clip of him playing the banjo.

Owain’s Big House Band is part of the BBC’s Make A Difference campaign which is bringing communities together to support them through the crisis.

Says Owain: “It’s absolutely brilliant and I’m so pleased that so many people have wanted to jump on board with my Big House Band. We’ve had so many fabulous entries and have made a video of some of them which is another bit of fun really.”

Composer David Lowe is pleased that his tune has struck such a chord: “I am totally thrilled with all the attention it is getting. I have been a BBC fan all my life, so this has been an amazing experience.”

Explaining the original video, Owain says: “Like so many other people I have been working from home since early March and doing my weather bulletins from my garden or dining room, sometimes with the help of my cat. I thought it would be a bit of fun to put a bit of a weather forecast in front of a rocked up drum track to the BBC News theme... and it's gone bonkers darlings! I had no idea it would be such a hit.”

He is overwhelmed with the reaction he has had, and thanks everyone for getting involved. “I am just really happy that it has brought a bit of enjoyment at such a difficult time. Making music - whether singing or playing an instrument is a great pastime anyway, and a fabulous option when we can’t go out and about as we would normally.”

Head of the BBC In the North, Rozina Breen says: “Our aim with this project was to unite the communities of England through music, inviting audiences to pick up anything from an electric guitar to the Indian drums and even pots and pans, for a moment of shared creativity.”

Owain is best known for presenting the weather on BBC North West Tonight. He joined the Salford based team last year, before that he was based at BBC Look North in Yorkshire.