Category Archives: music therapy

THE DARKER MY HORIZON release new charity single for the NHS on April 24 & live show this Sat in aid of Nordoff Robbins

THE DARKER MY HORIZON release a new charity single ‘Carpe Diem’ for the NHS on April 24.

New video! If we are to #SeizeTheDay it’s always better with friends! All monies raised by the digital single (out 24th April) goes to #NHS charities. #TDmHfamily #HRHRadio

Facebook page

Vocalist Paul Stead is doing an acoustic gig this Saturday April 18 between 7pm and 8.30pm, hosted by Rockers Through The Ages. You can find out more here

Dandelion Charm will be going live on FB at at 8pm today

Message from the band –

“We are soooo looking forward to connecting again this evening!! In celebration of togetherness we are dedicating this weeks gigette to the wonderful Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity in appreciation of their amazing work and the support they are offering at this difficult time. See you later with love from Clare and John xx”

You can watch the gig on their Facebook page

Just Giving page

FIFTY GIGS IN A DAY – BACK TO HELP ARTISTS & NORDOFF ROBBINS CHARITY

With the current coronavirus pandemic it has affected live music like never before, with artists seeing their live revenues disappear, plus the related venues all close for now and many people associated with the music industry also losing their jobs and income. Coupled with this charities have seen their fundraising diminished as we all socially distance and events are cancelled.

But it is not all doom and gloom as musicians are rapidly adapting with live streaming gigs, Q&A’s, although it will only go some way to replacing the sales from merchandise. Charities are adapting too, with Nordoff Robbins hosting various events including streamed live from their music therapists.

So I am going to ‘piggy back’ on bands/artists doing gigs to see if they will kindly promote the wonderful work of the Nordoff Robbins charity, along with of course the bands/artists kind enough to mention the charity. Plus I will also be highlighting the work of NHS Charities Together as they help support the NHS workers, their families and the volunteers.

If any band/artists (including authors!) would like to join in please feel free to contact me.

50 Gigs In A Day Just Giving page

Make Some For The NHS Just Giving page

Below are the bands/artists that have kindly joined in to date. Either by dedicating a streaming gig to Fifty Gigs In A Day/Nordoff Robbins and/or kindly mentioning Nordoff Robbins on their social media. Please visit their pages and give them a listen & support. Thank you

Tim Arnold

Bad Touch

Dandelion Charm

The Darker My Horizon

Toby Jepson (Wayward Sons)

Milton Hide

Singalong to your favourite tunes with Nordoff Robbins

Music is a powerful thing. It brings us closer together. And singing is no exception.

That’s why we’ve launched Singalong in response to the social isolation many of us are facing due to Coronavirus. Suitable for all ages and abilities, we want Singalong to be used as a way to help us stay upbeat and connected with family and friends. Songs you can all sing to, but with our Nordoff Robbins music-making approach.

So, whether you’re singing solo, putting it on for the kids or you’ve got the family band together, you can sing along to some of your favourite tunes and make music with our music therapists. Right from your home.

All you need is a computer or phone and be prepared to clap, move and sing. Pick your song or genre and get involved.
Get involved today
And if you’re favourite song isn’t there just yet, don’t worry, we’ll be introducing new videos every week. You can sign up on our webpage here and be the first to know when they’ve been released.

Do you know a family member or friend who would love to ‘Singalong’ too? You can forward this email on to them using the button below.
As well as the Singalong, we’re creating a number of other musical resources and activities for people of all ages to help us stay connected and upbeat during the Coronavirus outbreak. If you’d like to help us to keep making music together and can spare some change, please give a little today. 
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Danny Vaughn Announces Another Live-Streamed, Online Show

Following his much-appreciated, live-streamed, online show on Thursday 26th March, Danny Vaughn is planning another, at the request of his fans, with whom he’s long built up a close relationship: one, he’s acknowledged, that helped him overcome challenges and hardships, like the PledgeMusic problems last year that put his solo album in jeopardy.

Danny’s track record especially touring with that fantastic new solo album Myths, Legends & Lies, and with Dan Reed for their joint acoustic project Snake Oil & Harmony, has honed his lifelong love of storytelling, song and contact.

Isolation is not a good state of affairs for performers,” Danny admits, “We’re an odd group because we are outwardly extroverted but inwardly introverted, if that makes sense? But those two opposites make up a balance that is key to who we are.

This,” he adds, “would account for why so many singers and performers are putting up videos of themselves right now: singing for us, sending us messages of encouragement or reading us Shakespeare. We’re doing what we always have done: reaching out to the hearts of others.”

Live performance matters to Danny: “For myself, I knew that if I didn’t sing and play for somebody after 12 days in isolation, I would start to climb the walls. So, I set a date and time, boarded the social media train and got the word out — as fast and as far as I could — that a show was coming.

“Last Thursday – for a little over two hours – I sang for and connected with over 600 people from at least two dozen different countries! We exchanged greetings, I told stories, people put in requests and there was an unexpectedly deep feeling of community and solidarity: a success on every level! We aren’t alone and we are in this together.

“The whole thing was so well-received that I have been asked by an overwhelming majority to do it all over again. So here it comes: Thursday, 2nd April — 8pm GMT; 3pm EST; 12 Noon Pacific.

“These performances are free, but to watch you have to have a Facebook account and go to the page Danny Vaughn’s Myths, Legends & Lies.

https://www.facebook.com/mythslegendsandlies/

Make some good food, get comfortable on your couch, and put me up on your big screen TV! My wife will be manning the laptop, so you can send in your messages, questions, thoughts – whatever you like — and we will see them.”

Danny has valued many things about the gigs. “I need to acknowledge the incredible generosity of so many people who watched me on Thursday,” he says, “These concerts are free, as I say, but so many of you went to my website and made donations that I felt overwhelmed and humbled.  Thank-you for helping me keep the lights on!  I look forward to sharing another evening with all of you on 2nd April! Thank you all so much! Stay well and stay safe.”

Make a date with Danny Vaughn, and if you didn’t catch his lockdown debut, check out the following link, where you can watch last Thursday’s concert in its entirety:

Stay safe and hold the line!

DAN WALSH online gig Wednesday April 1 7PM GMT

As gigging would appear to be off for a little while (!) I will be performing live gigs from my living room via facebook live. I had a test run the other day with some ‘willing’ volunteers and it all seems to be working fine. The first gig is on WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL at 7pm (UK time). I’ll be playing for an hour and performing various numbers from my albums, new material and a surprise or two! The plan is to perform regular gigs and some of them will have a particular focus eg. specific albums I’ve done, covers, Irish, bluegrass or whatever it may be. If you have any suggestions of what you’d like to hear, do let me know 🙂

As gigging income is off, I will have an online ‘tip jar’: https://www.paypal.me/danwalshbanjo
Any contributions are most welcome 🙂

ninebarrow – Self-Isolation Live Streamed Concert 4th April, 7pm

Well – what a difference a week makes?! We really hope you’re receiving this email safe, well and staying positive in the face of this truly awful global crisis. It’s certainly been a bit of a roller-coaster for us, and we’re sure many of you can relate to that. We’ve had our wobbles in the last week – but we’ve taken the decision that positive mental attitude is the only way to approach a situation such as this. ​

You’ll have probably heard by now that we’ve postponed all of our concerts between now and the end of June. We’re in the thick of rescheduling all of those and we should be able to announce details of that very soon. If you currently have a ticket for one of those postponed concerts, your ticket will remain valid for the new date. If you can’t make it, you can just approach whoever you bought it from and a full refund will be issued. 

So that’s the slightly depressing bit of this email! 

But look – we’ve never been ones for wallowing in self-pity and we’re not even going to let something like COVID-19 get between us and bringing music to all of you! 

So, we’re delighted to announce that on the 4th April at 7pm GMT, we’re going to be broadcasting our first-ever live-streamed concert! 

FURTHER £30 RAISED FOR NORDOFF ROBBINS

Big thanks to BISCUITHEAD & THE BISCUIT BADGERS who donated £30 to the Nordoff Robbins charity after a whip round at their show at last weekend’s Steam Punk weekend in Whitby. This year’s total for Fifty Gigs In A Day now stands at £92.80

Total raised over the past three years via Fifty Gigs In A Day now stands at £654.41 🙂

2018 = £208.35

2019 = £353.26

2020 = £92.80

FIFTY GIGS IN A DAY 2020 RAISES OVER £90 FOR NORDOFF ROBBINS

The total raised was £98.20, made up of £5 donation, £30 raised by Biscuithead & the Badgers at their gig and the rest was raised via eBay from signed items/tickets kindly donated by Ed Byrne, Billy Lockett & Paul Carrack.

Not as much raised as in 2019, however the social media activity was higher this year, which was great to see as the aim of Fifty Gigs In A Day has always been to raise awareness of the Nordoff Robbins charity and music therapy in general. Any funds raised has always been a welcome bonus!

It was going to be the last Fifty Gigs this year, however it is always heartening to see the artists & bands helping spread the word. I will have a look to see if a series of gigs throughout the year plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins, coupled with the annual day of Fifty Gigs on February 8 could work better.

Any suggestions on how to improve and/or gain more exposure for the event are more than welcome. Please get in touch via the contact page.

Still to come…

Dandelion Charm have a gig supporting the Emerald Dawn in Brighton on March 23, full details can be found here

Also Milton Hide play the Stag Inn on February 16

2020 Roll of Honour –
BEANS ON TOAST
, BISCUITHEAD & THE BISCUIT BADGERS, THE BLUES BAND, ED BYRNE, PAUL CARRACK, DANDELION CHARM, THE DARKER MY HORIZON, FAIRPORT CONVENTION, JIMEOIN, RON KEEL, THE KING’S SINGERS, LETZ ZEP, BILLY LOCKETT, MILTON HIDE, THE MONOCHROME SET, NEVER THE BRIDE, NINEBARROW, TERRORVISION

A BIG thank you to all the artists for joining in this year.

Just Giving page

FIFTY GIGS IN A DAY THIS WEEKEND (8/9 FEBRUARY 2020)

The third (and final) 50 Gigs In A Day is this weekend with the aim being to raise awareness of the work done in music therapy by the Nordoff Robbins charity.

A BIG thank you to all the bands and artists taking part this year and if you can get along to support them at one of the shows.

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. https://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/about-us/
  • Nordoff Robbins Registered Charity Number: 280960
  • What Donations Can Fund:
    £3-£10 could pay for a music instrument, giving a client with autism a way to express themselves beyond words
    £20 could pay for a vulnerable child to attend a group music therapy session
    £35 could pay for a one-to-one session of life transforming music therapy for someone with dementia
    £50 could help us bring comfort and joy to a child suffering from a brain injury during a one-to-one music therapy session
    £100 could pay for a music therapy group session at one of our dedicated centres
    £150 could pay for half a day of music therapy at a Children’s Centre
    £200 could pay for an entire month of one to one music therapy sessions at one of our centres
    £300 could pay for a full day of music therapy in a local school for pupils with special educational needs, or in a care home helping older people with dementia unlock memories and communicate with loved ones
    £500 could help subsidise 5 children whose families cannot afford to pay full fees to have a term of music therapy through their school

(All on February 8th unless stated)

BEANS ON TOAST appears at the Castle & Falcon in Birmingham

BISCUITHEAD & THE BISCUIT BADGERS appear at the Whitby Steampunk weekend

THE BLUES BAND play the Hartington, Fleet

ED BYRNE appears at the Anvil, Basingstoke

PAUL CARRACK will be playing at the Eastbourne Congress Theatre

DANDELION CHARM will be supporting The Emerald Dawn at The Green Door Store, Brighton on Monday March 23

THE DARKER MY HORIZON will be streaming a Facebook gig on the day

FAIRPORT CONVENTION appear at the Leeds City Varieties

JIMEOIN is appearing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange

RON KEEL sets sail on the Monsters of Rock Cruise

THE KING’S SINGERS perform at Musikhuset Aarhus, Denmark

LETZ ZEP play Rem, Mercia in Spain

BILLY LOCKETT plays at the Arts Club, Liverpool

MILTON HIDE  play on 16 February

THE MONOCHROME SET play Waterfront Studio, Norwich

NEVER THE BRIDE play the Green Note, London

NINEBARROW play the Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield

TERRORVISION play a sold out gig at The Warehouse, Leeds

Just Giving page is here if you’d kindly like to donate and support the work of Nordoff Robbins

You can see previous year’s tweets and Facebook posts here –

https://50gigsinaday.home.blog/fifty-gigs-in-a-day-roll-of-honour/