Singing duo May Arcade are back with their own Geordie song

GEORDIE HIT ... Singing cousins May Arcade are hoping for another YouTube hit with their original Geordie song, Wey Aye Pet.
GEORDIE HIT ... Singing cousins May Arcade are hoping for another YouTube hit with their original Geordie song, Wey Aye Pet.
Share this article

A PAIR of singing cousins are hoping for another internet hit with their original Geordie song.

Sophie Vaughan and Leanne Orr – better known as May Arcade – have racked up more than five million hits on YouTube with their Geordie covers of songs like Call Me Maybe, All About That Bass and Let It Go, from the film Frozen.

Now, the cousins, from Jarrow, have posted their own song, Wey Aye Pet, on the video-sharing website.

The uplifting number, laced with Geordie slang and an inspirational message, racked up more than 3,000 hits in its first 24 hours.

Sophie, 26, said: “We had so much fun doing our Geordie covers that we knew our song had to be Geordie too.

“It was supposed to be a light-hearted song but a bit of a serious one as well.

“The lyrics are all the sort of things that our mams say to us and we wanted it to be all about that Geordie spirit.

“We weren’t really sure what to expect when we posted it on YouTube.

“We knew we wouldn’t get as many hits as we do with our covers because it’s targeted very specifically at the people of the North East, but all the comments and feedback we’ve had so far has been brilliant.

“We’ve written songs before when we were doing more of an acoustic harmonic thing, but we knew we wanted this one to have a real meaning for Geordies.

AWARDS SHOW ... May Arcade performed at the recent Johnston Press Awards.

AWARDS SHOW ... May Arcade performed at the recent Johnston Press Awards.

“People have been saying that the words are very meaningful to them and that they identify with it, and that’s what we really wanted.”

Sophie and Leanne, 27, have been invited to perform at Christmas lights switch-ons and awards ceremonies, including the recent Johnston Press Awards, on the back of their internet fame.

With a few more covers and original songs in the pipeline, the girls say they’d love to release their own Geordie album.

Sophie said: “We’ve found something that we really love doing so we dedicate a lot of our spare time to it.

The lyrics are all the sort of things that our mams say to us and we wanted it to be all about that Geordie spirit.

Sophie Vaughan, May Arcade

“We definitely want to release a Geordie album.

“We’ve got a few more covers of songs in the charts that we’re working on and we’re writing some more original Geordie songs too.

“If we get a few more done, we’d love to put them together on our own album.

“At the minute, we’re working on getting more videos uploaded onto YouTube and getting a more steady stream of content.

“We found it quite easy to write Wey Aye Pet because we had so much fun doing it, and there is more in the pipeline.”

Twitter: @shieldsgazvicki