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: ALEX JAMES BRIERLEY

Up and coming singer songwriter Alex James Brierley is kindly supporting Fifty Gigs with social media posts on the day. His new EP ‘Listen’ is reviewed here.

Fifty Gigs In A Day: FIVE GRAND STEREO

Big fan of Five Grand Stereo and delighted to have them involved as they will be doing the social media thing for Nordoff Robbins on 8 February. Their new album ‘Sex & Money’ is released on 26 January.

Thu 29 March The Islington, London

Fifty Gigs In A Day: THE JIVE ACES

Delighted to have the Jive Aces involved. They have been runner-up in Britain’s Got Talent and tour relentlessly including having appeared at Glastonbury. They play Clacton on February 9.

Albums of the Year 2017

1  CATS IN SPACE Scarecrow
Their debut was pretty damn fine, so high expectations and they delivered! A marvellous mix of 70s’ rock, pomp, pop and more melodies than you can shake a stick at.

2  THRESHOLD Legends of the Shires
Returning vocalist Glynn Morgan helps the band to make one of the finest albums to date. A real return to form.

3  LONELY ROBOT The Big Dream
Part two of the trilogy and another fine set of musical adventures. No name guests this time as John Mitchell does it all bar the drums and some backing vocals.

4  BOULEVARD IV
Finally we get a new album from Boulevard. Fantastic tunes and production, deserves a place in every melodic rock/AOR fans collection.

5  THE YOUNG ‘UNS Strangers
Folk acapella from this talented three piece. Each song is based on a true story and the songs are all positive and uplifting.

6 STEVE WALSH Black Butterfly former Kansas vocalist returns with an album chock full of melodic rock treats.

7 SONS OF APOLLO supergroup featuring Jeff Scott Soto, Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinan and Billy Sheenhan. Fantastic joining of music talents and the music lives up to expectations.

8 LIONHEART only 20 odd years since their last album…with Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena) on vocals, Lionheart deserve a place in any melodic rock fans collection.

9 IT Home thought provoking and timely progressive rock backed by oodles of melody.

10= H.E.A.T. Into The Great Unknown they have changed their sound a bit which may upset some fans, but for me they are heading onwards and upwards.

10= PUGWASH Silverlake the power pop album of the year. If you like ELO, Duckworth Lewis grab a copy of this.

10= BARENAKED LADIES Fake Nudes another set of memorable melodies and lyrics that don’t always take themselves too seriously…

Honorable mentions…

HAREM SCAREM United they keep on churning out classy melodic hard rock and long may that continue.

THE BITERS plenty of retro on this one, with the T Rex sounding songs

JEFF SCOTT SOTO Retribution not as instant but stick with it

BIGFOOT one of the debuts of the year. Modern hard rock and the singer doesn’t half sound like Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn at times!

THE NIGHTS more classy Scandi melodic rock with hook filled choruses big enough to land a whale.

THE NEW ROSES One More For The Road good time hard rock, no frills and plenty of riffs.

NIGHT RANGER Don’t Let Up they show no sign of letting up quality wise, another ‘must have’ for fans.

DANKO JONES Wild Cat if you like 70’s rock, Thin Lizzy and foot tapping tunes look no further.

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Amber Galactic like Brother Firetribe their ‘day bands’ are heavy yet here they show their love of 80’s melodic rock and AOR.

Fellow GRTR! reviewers choices can be found here

Fifty Gigs In A Day: WILL LAWTON

Delighted to add pianist/singer Will Lawton who is kindly supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day and plays in Norwich on February 8 next year. Do check out his music, the Led Zeppelin classic below is rather good.

Jan 20 Sat Will Lawton & Weasel Howlett LIVE @ Bristol Acoustic Music Festival

Jan 27 Sat Fossils Of The Mind Album Release @ Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

Feb 8 Thu Will Lawton & Weasel Howlett LIVE @ Grapevine, Norwich Guildhall

Mar 2 Fri Will Lawton & Weasel Howlett LIVE @ St James Wine Vaults, Bath

Fifty Gigs In A Day: INDIA ELECTRIC CO

Honoured to have India Electric Co involved – folk meets pop melodies in a sublime mix. I am a bit of fan 🙂

They have some dates in December and February next year, including February 9th when they play The Greystones, Sheffield and will be plugging Nordoff Robbins.

Dec 13 Cecil Sharp House London, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Dec 15 Stockland Church (St Michael & All Angels) Honiton, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Dec 18 The Sage Gateshead, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Dec 19 The Apex Bury St. Edmunds, Uk Tickets RSVP
Dec 20 G-Live Guildford, Uk Tickets RSVP
Feb 01 The Lights Andover, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 09 The Greystones Sheffield, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 10 Under the edge arts centre Wotton Under Edge, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 11 Acapela Pentyrch, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 16 Rondo Theatre Bath, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 17 Tuppenny Barn Chichester, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 21 Ropetackle Arts Centre Shoreham-By-Sea, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 24 The Stables Milton Keynes, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 25 Kitchen Garden Cafe Birmingham, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Mar 02 Acorn Theatre Penzance, United Kingdom Presale RSVP
Mar 31 The Beehive Honiton, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Jun 08 The Old Chapel

Polegate, United Kingdom