Music news – SPACE ELEVATOR play Oxford gig on 31 January

Space Elevator play the Haven Club at the Bullingdon, Oxford on Thursday 30 January.

It is only £12 in advance and there are various packages available that include signed CD’s and more. Full details can be found here

The band are kindly supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 which helps raise awareness of the work done in music therapy by the Nordoff Robbins charity.

News – CANCER ON THE ROCKS FESTIVAL 2019

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You can find out more, including ticket details, here

Oragniser Rick Palin explains more abiut this fundraiser –

I am Rick Palin the MD of Skyfire Promotions Ltd. A company that specialises in promoting new music from up and coming bands through our subsidiaries, Skyfire Interactive, Skyfire Records, Firebrand Radio and Frame Music.
In January 2017 my father went down ill of what we thought was just a bug and over the next 8 months I watched his health decline as he slowly died from Lung and Spinal Cancer. I have to admit it was the hardest time in my life watching him decline day by day and knowing there was nothing I could do to help him.
That is when it hit me. You see these days Cancer is that heavily a used word we treat is as the norm and it is not until you see the devastating effects this horrible disease has on people affected and their loved ones that you truly begin to understand the gravity of this situation.
How did I get through this? honestly, I don’t know but when the time came and I had to hospitalise him my dad was not doing well and I was a complete wreck and it was at that point that my sanity was restored and my dad was made comfortable by the brave men and women of Macmillan.
What these good people do on a day to day basis dealing with death, helping families grieve, helping families deal with the pressure, stress, strain of feeling absolutely useless in the grips of this life taking illness How they cope with looking after so many people I will never understand they are truly remarkable people.
I thought after my Father died of writing them a cheque for a few hundred quid and to be honest that was not enough but I also tried to focus on remembering my dad for who he was and that’s when the idea for Cancer On The Rocks was born.
Our first year we raised £2,500.00 for Macmillan, This year I intend to beat that!
It’s early in the day I know but I want to make a very big point of saying thank you to the musicians, our sponsors, our teams of people, and our hosts for making this an actual reality. To show the love and support for this event that you guys do is phenomenal.

Macular Society news

AMD patients regain sight from stem cell treatment

In March we reported on the two patients with wet age-related macular degeneration, who received a new treatment derived from stem cells and regained enough vision to be able to read.

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Have you seen our new film ‘5 years through the eyes of a mum’?

In Macular Week we launched our short film, illustrating the impact of macular disease on a mother and her son, as he grows up. The film has recently been nominated in the Charity Film Awards. 

Fundraiser in the spotlight on ITV’s Love Your Garden

In July, one of our inspirational and long-serving volunteers, Betty Richards, received a garden makeover on Alan Titchmarsh’s ITV’s show.

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In September, NHS bosses won a landmark legal battle against two multinational drug firms. The victory for the 12 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the North of England means Avastin can be offered as a treatment to patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Our new ambition

In National Eye Health Week we launched our new ambition – to fund more world-class research and beat macular disease, for good.

Where next for dry AMD and Stargardt research?

In October, we provided an update on progress being made into research for macular disease, after a team from Warwick Medical School reviewed hundreds of articles about possible treatments.

DANDELION CHARM perform free-entry acoustic gig in support of music therapy charity

Venue: The Brunswick, 1 Holland Rd, Hove BN3 1JF

Date: Friday February 8th 2019, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Free entry.

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Prog folk duo Dandelion Charm will be performing a free-entry acoustic gig as part of Fifty Gigs In A Day, which is taking place world-wide on 8th February 2019 to support the work of the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity. They will be joined by singer-songwriter duo Milton Hide.

Newhaven-based Dandelion Charm are John and Clare Fowler. They combine prog, folk and rock influences into a luxurious blend of intricate harmonies, soaring melodies, superb musicianship and heartfelt lyrics. Dandelion Charm’s debut album ‘Tiny Drop’ was released in 2015. This was followed by a five-track EP ‘Riding The Flood’ in February 2018. The duo’s exquisite studio work has received plaudits from across a range of genres – from prog to hard-rock to folk. Clare and John will be joined on stage by guitarist/vocalist Bob Burke.

We are absolutely passionate about the power of music and this gig is a wonderful opportunity to support the work of Nordoff Robbins. Their music therapy work can be life-changing for so many people,“ says Dandelion Charm’s Clare Fowler.

Opening the evening will be Milton Hide who are husband and wife team, Jim and Josie Tipler. Natural storytellers with material that is rooted in folk traditions, they write and perform songs that are strong in melody and full of hooks. Sometimes personal, sometimes amusing, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes making a point – but always memorable.

Fifty Gigs In A Day is the brain-child of Jason Ritchie. “The idea was to create a whole host of gigs, events and social media posts mentioning Nordoff Robbins on and around the 8 February. As it was such a success last year I thought why not make it an annual event. This year it will be hopefully 51 gigs and the focus this time will be on up-and-coming bands, artists, comedians and authors – all supporting and plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins,” says Jason.

Nordoff Robins are the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. They support thousands of people in their own centres as well as 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.

Donations – for those wishing to support the work of Nordoff Robbins through Fifty Gigs In A Day a Just Giving page has been set up here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigsinaday2019

Find out more here about Fifty Gigs In A Day here: https://therockinchairblog.wordpress.com/fifty-gigs-in-a-day-2019/

Find out more about Nordoff Robbins here: www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk

Media enquiries to: Darren Johnson

darrenjohnson@crowfliescommunications.com

Website: https://www.dandelioncharm.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dandelioncharmmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dandelion_Charm

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – HANSON ASIEDU gig 19 January *TONIGHT*

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 gets underway tonight as Hanson Asiedu performs the first of four gigs planned over the next couple of months. Get along to see him and the two excellent support acts if you can.

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It is free entry, however you need to register here for tickets

With support from:

● Ché Sampson
● Ogo Ajala

Hanson Asiedu and live band presents the first leg of 4 dates live in London, with songs from the debut EP titled ‘Stages’.

‘Listening to the EP is a MUST before attending as I would really love for you all to sing along. We make the music as a community and body’ ~ Hanson Asiedu

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – MARK STAY book launch for ‘The End of Magic’

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Friday, February 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM at Harbour Books, 21 Harbour Street, CT5 1AQ Whitstable

A very exciting event indeed! On the 15th February we’ll be celebrating the publication of ‘The End of Magic’ by Mark Stay! We’ve been expanding our sci-fi and fantasy section in the last year or so, and with this we’ve seen new faces, found some fabulous new titles, and now we get to host our first fantasy event with a fantastic author!

You know the drill, right? But this time we’re switching it up a little bit, because The End of Magic takes you back to a time when magic collapsed, and to celebrate this book the right way we’re encouraging all guests to give it their best shot and get into their magic-inspired costumes! Mark himself will be greeted by a special visitor (which you will not want to miss), and for every copy purchased on the night Mark will be donating £1 to Nordoff Robbins – a brilliant charity changing lives through music. We’ll be kicking off the evening at 6.30pm, and it’s all completely free as always! Be there, be in costume, and be ready for a truly magical evening!

‘There are epic fantasies where magic is a thing of the past, spoken of in hushed tones until some kid pulls a sword from a stone and it all kicks off again…

This is not one of those stories.

The End of Magic will take you back to a time when magic collapsed, when the world went mad, chaos reigned, and we’ll get to see it through the eyes of three people who have everything to lose…

Sander Bree is a royal mage. The personification of privilege, he lives a cushy life advising the king on matters of court and politics, yet still finds plenty of time to complain that he’s stuck in a rut.

Rosheen Katell is an immigrant freelancer and, with Anzu her griffin, she’s worked hard to build a reputation as a trustworthy truth seer. She never lies, never kills.

Oskar is Rosheen’s younger brother. Mute from birth he is a moonchild. Alone and vulnerable, he will endure more change than anyone.

Both Sander and Rosheen are entirely dependent on magic. The source of their power is the Lapis Moon in orbit above. Very soon, that magic will be gone, changing their lives and their world forever.

Sander must keep a promise that would have been difficult enough with magic, but is a suicide mission without it. Rosheen is forced to side with a murderous warlord, and her once-solid principles are tested and found wanting. Oskar needs to survive unthinkable terror and find his sister. All are set against one another in a war unlike anything the world has seen before.

The End of Magic is an exhilarating wild ride, by turns epic and intimate, funny and dark, and perfect for fans of Jen Williams, Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch.’

Barbara’s story…

“When I have bad memories, I play musical instruments. Then all the bad memories go into the instruments and I don’t have them inside me anymore.”

Eight-year-old Barbara became depressed at the age of four, when she was taken into care, and separated from her siblings who were put up for adoption. Since being referred by her teacher in 2017, she has been taking part in weekly music therapy sessions with Anna, along with her foster parent, to help improve her low mood.

Music therapist Anna talks about her work with Barbara:

“Barbara learns the trumpet at school and is very interested in music. Her musicality and interest was evident in our earliest sessions when she sang in tune and explored different instruments. Barbara’s confidence in interacting with the music alongside me and her carer has grown as the weeks have progressed.

“Recently, I suggested that we try writing a song together and Barbara chose to write about her ‘best Christmas present ever.’ Barbara said afterwards: ‘writing my own song was really good, because it included my fourth Christmas in care.’ This was a significant milestone for her, since it meant she had celebrated as many Christmases with her foster carers as she has done with her birth family.”

Not only do the weekly sessions provide an opportunity for Barbara’s expression and playfulness to shine through, they also create a space where Barbara’s relationship with her foster carer can be strengthened by making music together. Her carer said that music therapy had positively impacted Barbara’s wellbeing saying:

“Barbara has periods of low mood which disappear every Friday as she attends the session. She talks excitedly about music therapy throughout the week and always looks forward to the session. I love the fact that I get to be involved… It has been great to see Barbara smiling!”

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)

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

PAUL CARRACK plays Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre

DANDELION CHARM will be playing a free entry 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 the Revival City Church, Mitcham on Saturday 19 January with support from Ché Sampson and Ogo Ajala

ROBB JOHNSON (with guests Daria Kulesh & Jonny Dyer) is kindly hosting a gig on February 7th 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 will be sending messages on their socials on the day about Nordoff Robbins

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

SPACE ELEVATOR play the Haven Club at the Bullingdon, Oxford on January 30

MARK STAY author and screenwriter has a signing session for his new book ‘The End Of Magic‘ which is published on 7 February, where he will donate £1 to Nordoff Robbins for every book signed or sold on the day

STONE BROKEN play Unit 51 in Aberdeen

THOSE DAMN CROWS play Unit 51 in Aberdeen

THUNDER play in Glasgow

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