Fifty Gigs In A Day – thank you for your support :)

Fifty Gigs In A Day was a great success with over £190 raised and lots of interest and awareness raised in the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity. There was an acoustic gig on Facebook by Paul Stead of the Darker My Horizon (which can still be viewed here), mentions at shows by Fairport Convention, Erasure (who’s tweet about Fifty Gigs raised lots of responses and retweets), Will Lawson, the Tannahill Weavers and Josh Taerk, plus Michael Armstrong with his wonderful cover of Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love’, which was number 1 back in February 1968. I have thoroughly enjoyed it, discovering some wonderful new music along the way including Will Lawson, Josh Smith and Dorja and most importantly getting Nordoff Robbins and their amazing work in musical therapy more widely known.

50 gigs in a day

A BIG thank you to my daughter for the Fifty Gigs logo; my wife for her patience and support as this idea started back in June last year and Mark Shaw for helping drum up some support amongst musicians and to all the musicians and comedians who supported Fifty Gigs In A Day, namely –

Accept, Michael Armstrong, Tim Arnold, Bill Bailey, Alistair Barrie, Black Moth, Brad Mitchell and Bread Over Bombs, Alex James Brierley, Ed Byrne, John Coghlan’s Quo, Credo, The Darker My Horizon, Dorja, Erasure, Fairport Convention, Fisherman’s Friends, Five Grand Stereo, Steve Hackett, Half Man, Half Biscuit, Dave Hanson, Richard Herring, India Electric Co, IT,  The Jive Aces, King’s Singers, Will Lawton, John Young/Lifesigns, Mama playing the music of Genesis, Marillion, Massive Wagons, Moon Safari, PictureHouse, Progressive Gears, Eddi Reader, Josh Smith, Josh Taerk, The Tannahill Weavers, Steve Vantsis/Tilt, Uncle Sid, Rufus Wainwright, Adam Wakeman  & Damian Wilson, Dan Walsh, Yes. Y&T

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigs

Thank you all for your support be it by reading these emails, the blog posts, visiting the artists and Nordoff Robbins websites, making a donation or going to/watching one of the gigs.

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Fifty Gigs In A Day – tomorrow 8 February :)

The idea started back in May last year when I was thinking of how to celebrate turning fifty and raise some money for charity. I wanted to involve my love of music, but not do another gig like I did for my fortieth as that has special memories and I doubt it would be topped. So by harnessing the modern age of social media Fifty Gigs was born! I am very grateful to all the artists taking place, be they performing live and/or posting on social media. Please do support them where you can and if you are going to a one of the gigs below do get in touch as would love to hear from you and about the gig.

Online now is Michael Armstrong’s re-recording of Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love’, which was number one on 8 February 1968. You can have a sneak preview below before it goes live at the weekend…

Everlasting Love (2018) –

Award yourself bonus points if you were at any of the live events shown in the video – I was at Hyde Park to see Jeff Lynne’s ELO 🙂

From the Darker My Horizon

On Thursday 8th February at 8pm (UK time) we are streaming a live acoustic performance by Paul Stead from our official The Darker my Horizon Facebook page.

It’s for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

Donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigs

It’s free to watch, and your support – and knowing you are tuned in – would mean the world to us.

https://www.facebook.com/events/187593638490681/

Paul will be playing songs from #Acquiesce, #NoSuperhero and#PhoenixVol1.

Watching & interacting would be extremely cool of you, but if you could donate just a couple of £€$ to the cause as your concert ticket price we’d be extremely grateful, as would Nordoff Robins. Thank you kindly. #TDmHfamily#NordoffRobbins

The gigs –

8 February 2018

Cruise to the Edge (3-8 Feb) featuring Yes, Steve Hackett, Marillion, Moon Safari & Lifesigns – all kindly plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins on 8 February

Accept – KOKO London

Bill Bailey – Victoria Hall, Hanley (also on the 7 February)

Black Moth – Boston Music Room, London

Ed Byrne – Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

The Darker My Horizon – live Facebook gig

Dorja – The Lounge, London

Erasure – Manchester Apollo *SOLD OUT*

Fairport Convention – Gala Theatre, Durham

Fisherman’s Friends – Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Half Man, Half Biscuit – Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton

Richard Herring – Chorley Little Theatre

King’s Singers – Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany

Will Lawton – Grapevine, Norwich Guildhall

Mama playing the music of Genesis – The Cavern Club, Liverpool

Eddi Reader – Hawk’s Well theatre, Ireland

Josh Smith – Under the Bridge, Chelsea FC

Tannahill Weavers – Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

Rufus Wainwright – Walt Disney Theater, Dr Phillips Center, Orlando

Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson – Falmouth on Feb 9

Dan Walsh – 4th Wall, New Plymouth, New Zealand 7:30pm

9 February 2018

India Electric Co – The Greytones, Sheffield

The Jive Aces – Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea

Massive Wagons – Rockmantic weekend in Carlisle

John Coughlan’s Quo – Sub 89, Reading

10 February 2018

Josh Taerk – Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta

The Darker My Horizon acoustic gig 8 Feb 2018

Next week a live acoustic Facebook gig in aid of Nordoff Robbins, please watch and support if you can…

On Thursday 8th February at 8pm (UK time) we are streaming a live acoustic performance by Paul Stead from our official The Darker my Horizon Facebook page.

It’s for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

Donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigs

It’s free to watch, and your support – and knowing you are tuned in – would mean the world to us.

tdmh

Paul will be playing songs from #Acquiesce#NoSuperhero and#PhoenixVol1.

Watching & interacting would be extremely cool of you, but if you could donate just a couple of £€$ to the cause as your concert ticket price we’d be extremely grateful, as would Nordoff Robins. Thank you kindly. #TDmHfamily#NordoffRobbins

50 gigs in a day

Fifty Gigs In A Day: MASSIVE WAGONS

mwHard rock ‘n rollers Massive Wagons are appearing at the Rockmantic weekend in Carlisle on Feb 9th and are kindly supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day.

Fifty Gigs In A Day: DORJA

Dorja play a Pledge Music gig/party for their upcoming debut album on February 8th at the Lounge, London. Have a listen to them, well worth your time…

Fifty Gigs In A Day: THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS

The Tannahill Weavers are currently on tour celebrating their fiftieth anniversary, so that ties in nicely with Fifty Gigs In A Day and I am delighted to have them involved. They play Huntingdon Hall in Worcester on February 8th.

01 Feb 2018 : SOUTHPORT UK : The Atkinson
02 Feb 2018 : COLCHESTER UK : Headgate Theatre
03 Feb 2018 : HALESWORTH UK : The Cut Theatre
04 Feb 2018 : EMSWORTH UK : Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall
06 Feb 2018 : HAMPSTEAD UK : Heath Street Baptist Church
07 Feb 2018 : CRANLEIGH UK : Cranleigh Arts Centre
08 Feb 2018 : WORCESTER UK : Huntingdon Hall
09 Feb 2018 : MOIRA UK : National Forest Folk Club
10 Feb 2018 : SOUTH PETHERTON UK : David Hall
11 Feb 2018 : GREAT TORRINGTON UK : The Plough Arts Centre
14 Feb 2018 : BIRMINGHAM UK : Red Lion Folk Club
15 Feb 2018 : BATH UK : Chapel Arts Centre
16 Feb 2018 : THAMES DITTON UK : The Ram Folk Club
17 Feb 2018 : UCKFIELD UK : Uckfield Civic Centre
18 Feb 2018 : DIDCOT UK : Cornerstone Arts

05 Apr 2018 : BIRNAM UK : Birnam Arts Centre
06 Apr 2018 : ULVERSTON UK : Ulverston Folk Club
07 Apr 2018 : BERWICK-UPON-TWEED UK : The Maltings
10 Apr 2018 : BARNARD CASTLE UK : Witham Arts Centre
11 Apr 2018 : DUNDEE UK : The Unicorn
12 Apr 2018 : GALASHIELS UK : Mac Arts Theatre
13 Apr 2018 : MILNGAVIE UK : Milngavie Folk Club
14 Apr 2018 : STIRLING UK : The Tolbooth
15 Apr 2018 : SETTLE UK : Victoria Hall
17 Apr 2018 : LEITH UK : Leith Folk Club
18 Apr 2018 : DUNFERMLINE UK : Dunfermline Folk Club
19 Apr 2018 : MUSSELBURGH UK : Brunton Theatre
20 Apr 2018 : LANARK UK : Memorial Hall
21 Apr 2018 : PAISLEY UK : Paisley Arts Centre

28 Apr 2018 : NESLE (SOMME) FR : Les Nuits Celtiques

05 May 2018 : GIRVAN UK : Girvan Traditional Folk Festival

18 May 2018 : INDIANAPOLIS IN USA : Sound & Spirit Concert Series
19 May 2018 : MARYVILLE TN USA : Smoky Mountain Highland Games
20 May 2018 : MARYVILLE TN USA : Smoky Mountain Highland Games
24 May 2018 : MINNEAPOLIS MN USA : Cedar Cultural Center
25 May 2018 : THREE LAKES WI USA : Three Lakes Performing Arts Center
26 May 2018 : WASHINGTON ISLAND WI USA : Trueblood Arts Center
27 May 2018 : HILLPOINT WI USA : Three Ply Gardens

01 Jun 2018 : GLASGOW KY USA : Glasgow Highland Games
02 Jun 2018 : GLASGOW KY USA : Glasgow Highland Games
03 Jun 2018 : GLASGOW KY USA : Glasgow Highland Games
06 Jun 2018 : RUMFORD ME USA : Mystic Theater
07 Jun 2018 : FARMINGTON ME USA : Old South Church Concerts
08 Jun 2018 : BOSTON MA USA : Boston Folk Song Society
09 Jun 2018 : BEACON NY USA : Towne Crier
10 Jun 2018 : STONY BROOK NY USA : Sunday Street Concert Series at Long Island Museum

02 Aug 2018 : STEUBENVILLE OH USA : Historic Fort Steuben Concert Series
03 Aug 2018 : DUBLIN OH USA : Dublin Irish Fest
04 Aug 2018 : DUBLIN OH USA : Dublin Irish Fest
05 Aug 2018 : DUBLIN OH USA : Dublin Irish Fest
08 Aug 2018 : GLEN ARBOR MI USA : Manitou Concert Series

07 Sep 2018 : FLAGSTAFF AZ USA : Coconino Arts
08 Sep 2018 : TUCSON AZ USA : Berger Performing Arts
14 Sep 2018 : OJAI CA USA : Ojai Concert Series at the Women’s Club
15 Sep 2018 : PASADENA CA USA : Pasadena Folk Music Society (CalTech)
16 Sep 2018 : BERKELEY CA USA : Freight & Salvage
21 Sep 2018 : COLORADO SPRINGS CO USA : Stargazer’s Theater
22 Sep 2018 : DENVER CO USA : Swallow Hill Music
28 Sep 2018 : HIGH POINT NC USA : High Point Theater
29 Sep 2018 : CHARLESTON WV : Footmad

10 Nov 2018 : ZEVENAAR NL : De Lantaern
11 Nov 2018 : AMEN NL : Cafe de Amer
25 Nov 2018 : APELDOORN NL : De Gigant

27 Nov 2018 : DARTFORD UK : Dartford Folk Club
29 Nov 2018 : PERSHORE UK : No. 8 Arts Centre

Here is the News…RUSH, CHICAGO, SLAYER

Alex Lifeson said in a recent interview that Rush are ‘basically done’, with no plans to tour or play live.

Slayer have announced via their Twitter page they will embark on one final world tour.

Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent recently broke his silence after twenty years with a new interview. There may be new material due with Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion if all goes well.

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Escape Music re-issue Drive, She Said’s ‘Real Life’ album on March 23rd.

Chicago have had two long-term members leave, lead singer Jeff Coffey and drummer Tris Imboden.

Kelly Nordstrom and Simon Collins have left Sound Of Contact, who’s future now remains unclear.