Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Mia Austin & Radio City Cash for Kids Fundraisers & Threshold

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks of gigging. Friday 1st March saw The Wirral Singers host a concert at Heswall Hall in aid of Mia Austin. Katie Lochhead, Izzy Owen and I performed a five-song set, in which we were joined by special guest, Sophie Austin (Mia’s sister). Katie was also joined on stage by her ‘The Accidentals’ bandmates, Lydia and Dina for one song. Between us, we performed A Case Of You, Princess Of China, Go Your Own Way, Empire State Of Mind, Little Bird and Songbird. See below for the lowdown of the concert –

“WOW! A wonderful evening of entertainment took place at Heswall Hall on Friday 1st March 2013. Wirral Singers and Ringers were joined by local musicians Peninsula Jazz and singer songwriter Matt Lammin who all gave their talents and time in in aid of Mia Austin a local girl with “locked-in syndrome.” We are delighted to announce that due to everyone’s generosity we raised in excess of £2400.00 for Mia which we understand will go towards a portable communication device. Check out her website and see what you could do for her!”

On the 8th March, 2013, The Valentine Brother’s sold out The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool, following their tour of Merseyside schools. The event was a fundraiser for Radio City’s Cash for Kids charity.

The first half saw a performer from each of the schools they had visited on their tour, including Nicky Stading from the school I teach at, Birkenhead High School Academy, Ilona Bartlett from my old school, Wirral Grammar School for Girls and Euphony, a band I met through working at St Anselm’s. I performed, again alongside Izzy Owen and Katie Lochhead, at the end of the first half, before The Valentine Brothers took to the stage to an eruption of screaming, which then didn’t relent until long after the gig finished! It was a fantastic gig and it was a privilege to perform at it.

Check out The Valentine Brothers’ website to see photos of the event and to read more about the band and their upcoming gigs.

Sunday 10th March saw ‘Matt Lammin Presents’ live at The Pan Am bar, as part of The Theshold Fringe Festival. The laidback afternoon gig on Mothers’ Day saw The Accidentals, Alex Stokell, Nicky Stading, Zia Larty-Healy, Anya Keating, Izzy Owen and Euphony all perform excellent acoustic sets in front of an intimate crowd. There was a fine mix of original material and covers, and the audience was very appreciative and supportive of the young talent involved. Threshold’s countless volunteers do a fantastic job of bringing the multi-arts festival to life and I am very thankful to them for supporting the young artists and giving them the platform.