Fifty Gigs In A Day

Fifty Gigs In A Day was a great success with over £200 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. Also an EXTRA big thanks 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.

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For my fortieth birthday I did Forty Nights fundraising which included a great fundraising gig at Stripes bar, Brentford FC.

So with my fiftieth next year on 8 February I thought how about 50 gigs (music, comedy, drama) taking place worldwide and each artist would mention via a social media post on or around that date, the fantastic work the Nordoff Robbins charity do with musical therapy.

The gigs/events would be already booked, not me booking or organising them, although I would plug those involved and their events. Or if the artists are not on tour at that time they will be kindly plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins via their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

The idea being to create a whole host of gigs/events on that or around that day using social media posts mentioning Nordoff Robbins.

Nordoff Robbins do lots of wonderful work helping people of all ages with musical therapy and music has always been a big part of my life.


Below are the artists kindly taking part in this and do support them in any way possible…

Accept who play London’s KOKOon February 8

Michael Armstrong singer/songwriter and he will be recorded a version  of Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love‘ which was number one back in Feb 1968, via his YouTube channel

Tim Arnold talented singer/songwriter and he has a new album out in August

Bill Bailey  plays the Victoria Hall, Hanley on 7 & 8 February

Alistair Barrie  comedian and actor, he performs at Liverpool’s Baby Blue club on Feb 8

Black Moth play the Boston Music Room in London

Brad Mitchell and Bread Over Bombs they have been raising funds for local food banks

Alex James Brierley – talented singer songwriter

Ed Byrne comedian who is always on the road performing

John Coghlan’s Quo play Sub 89 in Reading on February 9

Credo UK based prog rockers with a good ear for melody

The Darker My Horizon Paul Stead appeared at my 40th birthday charity gig & delighted to have him involved again

Dorja play a Pledge Music gig/party for their upcoming debut album on February 8th at the Lounge, London.

Erasure they play a sold out gig in Manchester on Feb 8

Fairport Convention play the Gala Theatre, Durham on Feb 8

Fisherman’s Friends play the Apex, Bury St Edmonds on Feb 8

Five Grand Stereo have their new album ‘Sex & Money’ released on 26 Jan

Steve Hackett legendary guitarist appears on Cruise to the Edge between 3-8 Feb

Half Man, Half Biscuit legendary band who are kindly donating a signed t-shirt to raised funds for NR

Dave Hanson  former member of the Dunwells, now a talented singer/songwriter

Richard Herring  performs at Chorley Little Theatre

India Electric Co innovative duo who mix folk and pop melodies

IT are currently lining-up gigs for the end of February

The Jive Aces play Clacton on February 9

King’s Singers celebrate their fiftieth anniversary next year, so that ties-in nicely with my fundraising as well

Will Lawton  plays in Norwich on February 8 next year

Lifesigns  prog rockers who release their second album ‘Cardington’ in August

Mama playing the music of Genesis – they play the Cavern Club in Liverpool on Feb 8

Marillion they play two sold out London shows in Oct & Nov plus UK dates in April

Massive Wagons are appearing at the Rockmantic weekend in Carlisle on Feb 9th

Moon Safari appear on Cruise to the Edge

PictureHouse  Irish pop rockers who pen catchy tunes

Progressive Gears  Irish based progressive music label who are kindly donating signed items to raise funds for Nordoff Robbins

Eddi Reader Scottish singer/songwriter, who kindly donated two signed CD’s

Josh Smith blues guitarist plays Under the Bridge on Feb 8

Josh Taerk talented singer/songwriter

The Tannahill Weavers are currently on tour celebrating their fiftieth anniversary and they play Huntingdon Hall in Worcester on Feb 8

Steve Vantsis/Tilt check out their debut album ‘Hinterland’ from last year, highly recommended

Uncle Sid hard rocking Canadian band

Rufus Wainwright legendary singer, songwriter and composer

Adam Wakeman  & Damian Wilson making a video supporting Nordoff Robbins to share on social media

Dan Walsh a phenomenal banjo player and will be plugging NR at his gig in New Zealand

Yes prog rock legends who appear on the Cruise to the Edge in Feb 2018

Y&T kindly donated signed items & CDs to raise funds via eBay

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Click here for a Spotify playlist – one song each from the artists kindly supporting my fundraising efforts

50 gigs in a day

The gigs:

PictureHouse – 13 September The National Concert Hall, Dublin

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

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(Artwork by Jasmine Ritchie)

What is music therapy?

“The overall aim of music therapy is to actively engage individuals in their own growth, development and behavioural change and for them to transfer musical and non-musical skills to other aspects of their life, bringing them from isolation into active participation in the world. We create music through improvisation or composition specifically to meet the needs and capabilities of our clients”.

About Nordoff Robbins

  • Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.
  • We support thousands of people in our own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals.
  • When delivered by a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs. It can help a child with autism to communicate, reduce anxiety for those living with dementia or provide comfort and celebrate the life of someone facing terminal illness.
  • Music therapy can be life-changing for so many people.

Our Vision And Mission

  • Our vision is a world where the life-changing power of music therapy is available to all who need it.
  • Our mission is to bring the life-changing power of music therapy to as many people as possible, through the delivery of:
  • High-quality music therapy services across the UK
  • Masters-level music therapy training
  •  Research to enrich, strengthen and demonstrate the effectiveness of our work