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Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – The Gigs!

Many of the artists kindly taking part in Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 on February 8th are performing on or around that date, with a couple actually hosting gigs especially for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

Please support them if you are able either by attending or spreading the word.

Thank you

(All on February 8th unless stated)

PAUL CARRACK plays Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre

DANDELION CHARM will be playing a gig in support of Nordoff Robbins at the Brunswick, Hove

JARROD DICKENSON, the well dressed singer songwriter, will be playing Birmingham

BARBARA DICKSON who plays a show at Eden Court, Inverness

DODGY  play Newcastle Riverside

FAIRPORT CONVENTION play the Sage Gateshead

FROST* who will be appearing on Cruise to the Edge 2019 between the 4 and 9 February 2019

FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS play Nottingham Rock City on Feb 8

STEVE HACKETT takes part in the Yes Cruise to the Edge between 4-9 February 2019

HANSON ASIEDU plays at Global Harvest, Lewisham on February 2nd

ROBB JOHNSON is kindly hosting a gig on February 6th at the Railway Roots Night at the Railway Inn, Portslade

KAISER CHIEFS play London’s Brixton Academy

KING KING play Bournemouth O2 Old Fire Station

LETZ ZEP play Vitoria in Spain

LITTLE RED KINGS are planning to be playing live TBA on or around the 8 February next year.

LOST VOICE GUY winner of this year’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, will be performing at the Palace Theatre, Southend

NINEBARROW play North Ferriby Village Hall 

THE SMYTHS play in Adelaide

MARK STAY author and screenwriter promises a fun event to promote Nordoff Robbins on the day

STONE BROKEN play Unit 51 in Aberdeen

THOSE DAMN CROWS play Unit 51 in Aberdeen

YES headline their own cruise Cruise to the Edge 2019 between 4-9 February 2019

THE YOUNG ‘UNS play Middlesbrough on February 8

Just Giving page is here if you’d kindly like to donate and support the work of Nordoff Robbins

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Nordoff Robbins – Ali’s Story

Donate today to support our life changing music therapy

Last Christmas was Ali’s first in the UK. He was forced to flee his home in Iran fearing for his life after facing severe persecution.

Escaping was the only way to retain any hope for the future, but it came with a heavy price. “When I first arrived,” Ali tells us, “I felt so lost and lonely. Life was so difficult that I even thought about suicide, because I missed my home and my family so much.”

But with the help of music therapy, Ali was able to re-build his life.

“My music therapist Kerry soon saw my passion for music – heavy metal music in particular which I had never been able to play before because it is outlawed in Iran.
I felt constantly anxious and worried that I would not be accepted for asylum, and be sent back to Iran, where I would be persecuted.

“But soon, through music I started to feel more focused and confident. I was finally able to express myself in the way I had always wanted to – letting go of my fears and worries.”

Donate today to help people like Ali with life-changing music therapy
In a situation where Ali felt like he didn’t have a voice, music has given him the chance to be heard. It’s given Ali hope for the future – he plans to volunteer to help other refugees, as well as return to university and finish his studies, which he had to abandon when he fled Iran.
“Even though my life has become so much better, I still miss my family every day. What I went through will leave its mark. But I am not here to talk and for you to cry. I am here to tell you how powerful music is – the joy, and the comfort it can bring people like me.

“I have got to where I am thanks to Kerry, and Nordoff Robbins. And it is thanks to everyone supporting Nordoff Robbins, that people like me get to re-build our lives with the help of music.”

A one-to-one music therapy session like Ali’s costs £50. We would be so grateful if you would consider making a donation today, helping us to support more people like Ali this Christmas.

Thank you very much,

Alex Briggs
Nordoff Robbins Fundraising Team

Music news – TOTO To Perform at LIVE AT CHELSEA 2019

CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF LIVE MUSIC AT THE HISTORIC HOME OF THE CHELSEA PENSIONERS

ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA SW3

Pre-Sale Date: Thursday 6th December 10am General On Sale Date: Friday 7th December 10am

Toto have been announced as one of the first artists to perform at the Live At Chelsea Concert Series 2019, which is celebrating its 5th year of bringing live music to the spectacular outdoor grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – home of the Chelsea Pensioners.

Toto will headline the Live At Chelsea Concert Series 2019 on Thursday 13th June, whilst The Gypsy Kings will headline the event on Friday 14th June.

Currently celebrating 40 years since the release of their debut album, Toto are one of the world’s foremost rock bands. With their current line-up of Joseph Williams (Lead Vocals), Steve Porcaro (Keyboards), and Steve Lukather (Guitars, Vocals), the group are celebrating an incredible legacy of unparalleled hits and accolades.

With ubiquitous hits including ‘Africa’, ‘Hold The Line’, and ‘Rosanna’, the band have won an incredible 6 GRAMMY Awards, including Best Record in 1983. Inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2009, Toto continue to sell out huge shows to audiences the world over.

The London show is part of Toto’s world tour 40 Trips Around The Sun which celebrates their 40th Anniversary. They recently released an album of the same name, which contains a selection of their best and biggest songs plus three previously unreleased tracks. Steve Lukather recently published his autobiography entitled “The Gospel According to Luke.”

The Live At Chelsea Concert Series returns for its 5th year in 2019, having established itself firmly as a welcome fixture in the summer calendar for many. This is in no small part due to the eclectic range of artists who have been featured previously, including Rufus Wainwright, Simply Red, Ludovico Einaudi, Belle & Sebastian, and the Kaiser Chiefs, amongst many more. As well as this, the warm welcome to audiences from the Chelsea Pensioners themselves into their home of the immaculate grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Every year a portion of the ticket sales from the event is donated towards the care of the Chelsea Pensioners, as well as the maintenance of the Grade I listed site which has provided care and comradeship to ex-military personnel since 1682 when it was founded by King Charles II. For more information on the Chelsea Pensioners and the Royal Hospital Chelsea, please visit: www.chelsea-pensioners.org.uk

Live At Chelsea Showreel

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Tickets: Start from £45 Royal Hospital Chelsea Royal Hospital Road, London. SW3 4SR

Toto at the Live At Chelsea Concert Series 2019– Friday 13th June 2019

Cropredy festival – first bands announced

The Cropredy line-up so far

We’re delighted to announce some of the fabulous acts we’ve booked for Cropredy 2019.

 

The WaterboysThe Waterboys
Back by popular demand – The Waterboys. Mike Scott and his band played an amazing set 5 years ago at Cropredy and we just HAD to have them back.

 

Richard ThompsonRichard Thompson (with friends Dave Mattacks, Simon Nicol, and Dave Pegg)
RT and friends really was a highlight on our 50th anniversary celebration and we’re delighted to be able to do it again! To be honest, we’d do it every year if we could!

 

Martin SimpsonMartin Simpson
A first appearance at Cropredy for Martin, one of Britain’s greatest acoustic guitarists. Nominated an astonishing 32 times in the BBC Folk Awards, Martin will be showcasing – and signing – his brand new album at Cropredy.

 

Daphne’s FlightDaphne’s Flight
Also new to Cropredy, Daphne’s Flight feature five of the finest singer-songwriters of their generation. Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While.

 

Seth LakemanSeth Lakeman
Fresh from a world tour with Led Zep legend Robert Plant, we welcome multiple award-winner Seth Lakeman back to Cropredy after a ten year absence. Long overdue!

 

CaravanCaravan
Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, we’re delighted to welcome Caravan to Cropredy for the first time. Considered a key part of the Canterbury scene, Caravan blend psychedelic rock, jazz and classical influences to create a distinctive prog rock sound.

 

Richard DiganceRichard Digance
A welcome return to Cropredy for his 16th Saturday lunchtime appearance for Richard Digance! The festival just wouldn’t be the same without him.

 

Martin BarreMartin Barre Band plays 50 years of Jethro Tull
Celebrating 50 years of Jethro Tull’s music, Martin Barre returns to Cropredy with his band including special guests, original Tull drummer Clive Bunker and long-time bassist, Jonathan Noyce.

 

Lil JimLil Jim
Another Cropredy debutant, Lil Jim is an award winning, multi-instrumentalist, combining guitar, harmonica and accordion with vocals and foot percussion to create a fresh sound of unstoppable rhythm and unrelenting melody – and all with a Zydeco twist.

 

Tide LinesTide Lines
More new faces at Cropredy. Tide Lines is a 4- piece band from Scotland. Shaped by the culture and music of Highlands, they meld romantic, rural life with classic American songwriters

 

Wildwood KinWildwood Kin
Sisters Emillie and Beth along with their cousin Meghan are better known these days as Wildwood Kin; a trio whose sound is characterised by extraordinary harmonies.

 

Zal CleminsonZal Cleminson’s /sin’dogs/
Former Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Nazareth guitarist extraordiaire, Zal Cleminson brings his new band ‘Sin Dogs’ to the field. REALLY looking forward to this!

 

Will Pound and Eddy JayWill Pound and Eddy Jay
The dynamic and exhilarating duo of Will Pound and Eddy Jay leave audiences breathless. Together Will Pound on harmonica and Eddy Jay on accordion create a sound and show like no other.

 

More to come

We’ve got more fantastic acts in the pipeline and we’ll be announcing the full line-up in the New Year.

Music news – Celebrate Ginger Wildheart’s Birthday On The 17th December At The Garage

It’s almost that time of year again, where people from all over the land, and further flung lands, come together to celebrate Ginger’s birthday, at his legendary Birthday Bash!

Back again at the Garage, London on the 17th December, this will be a party of epic proportions as Ginger is joined on stage by a multitude of his musical friends – some regular Birthday Bash attendees, and some new-comers will join the army of special guests!

Expect a constantly changing band line-up, as they tear through songs from Ginger’s extensive Wildhearts and solo project back catalogue, including a very special “classic” Wildhearts line-up featuring none other than Bam behind the drum kit! Add other names such as Frank Turner and Michael Monroe into the mix, and this will become a party you’ll remember for a long time to come, and not just for the inevitable hangover on the 18th!

Tickets are on sale now at http://www.ticketweb.uk

Get them quick…you don’t want to miss out!

Ginger releases brand new solo album

Just released through Ginger’s new round-records.com webstore is his brand-new album The Pessimist’s Companion, the follow-up to his recent Ghost In The Tanglewood release.

Say’s Ginger:

“The Pessimist’s Companion” is a break-up album, which follows on from the confessional “Ghost In The Tanglewood”.

It was written largely in a caravan, where me and Maggie, my faithful furry companion, lived and documented the emotional minefield of a relationship breakdown and the search for the strength to ‘start again’ in life.

As with “Ghost In The Tanglewood”, this is a fearlessly honest collection of songs, thoughts and feelings.

I have used the same musicians this time around too. I feel that they performed so admirably on the last album and created a perfect bed from which to showcase the lyrics and melodies.

And the album is, once again, produced by Dave Draper who did such a great job with the sound of the last album.

I hope you find some comfort, some joy and a sense of sharing with this selection of songs.

Sharing troubles with you in song is my therapy.
Thank you for being there.

Gx”

You can pre-order your copy on CD, vinyl and digital download at round-records.com. All physical copies will also come with an immediate digital download.

New music – Mr B THE GENTLEMAN RHYMER

Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer is back with a new song ‘Paper Plates’ and his music always bring a little sunshine into your musical world…

Upcoming gigs –
Tue 4 Dec The Distraction Club Xmas The Phoenix, London
Sun 9 Dec Wonderbar, London
Fri 14 Dec The Prince Albert, Brighton
Sat 15 Dec The Steampunk Yule Ball Exeter Phoenix

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – ADRIAN BELEW

Guitarist Adrian Belew, who has worked with the likes of Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads and King Crimson, appears with his Power Trio at the Cruise to the Edge 4-9 February 2019. Really delighted to have him involved.