Plus also –
June 2 Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek
Plus also –
June 2 Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek
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.
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
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.
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.
It’s free to watch, and your support – and knowing you are tuned in – would mean the world to us.
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
Hard 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.
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.
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.
Cheap Trick have started work on new music as they continue their current purple patch of releasing new music.
Vocalist Oni Logan has left Lynch Mob again and plans to work on a new project in 2018.
Lawless will start work on new music although no release date has been given.
FM release their new album ‘Atomic Generation’ on Frontiers on March 23rd.
80’s rockers Salty Dog have ‘Lost Treasures’ released on Escape Music on March 23rd.
Clive Nolan said in a recent Facebook post that Arena will start recording their new album this week.
PENDRAGON – 40th anniversary shows
November 9th 229 – London – UK
November 10th The Boerderij – Zoetermeer – NL
November 11th Z7 – Pratteln – CH