Category Archives: music therapy

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

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.’

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 raises over £300 for Nordoff Robbins

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 raised over £300 for the Nordoff Robbins charity, as well as raising awareness of the work they do in music therapy.

The money raised was as follows –

£177 = Dandelion Charm played a free gig at the Brunswick, Hove supported by Milton Hide

£66 = my Facebook birthday post

£23 = eBay auctions (Ninebarrow CDs)

£37 = JustGiving from generous FM & Thunder fans

Thank you to the following for taking part and helping spread the word on the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity –


Plus the Little Red Kings, Broken Witt Rebels, the Fierce & the Dead and Andrew W.K. joined in even though they are not currently touring.

Plus there is still one event to go as author Mark Stay is kindly donating one pound for every copy signed or sold of his new book ‘The End of Magic’, at the official book launch on Friday 15 February at Harbour Books in Whitstable, Kent.

Thanks to everyone for your support.

Gareth’s story


You can read the full story here

“The real breakthrough came in Gareth’s sixth session. I started with some classical music to welcome Gareth and then moved into the song ‘Love Me Tender.’ As I began to sing the first line, Gareth immediately lifted his torso to make himself more upright and looked directly towards me. I continued, and as I reached the last line of the verse, Gareth sang it too – every word and it was perfectly pitched! Before this moment I had only heard Gareth say ‘yes’, and now here he was singing a whole phrase. He sang a few more words as I continued, his body completely upright. We reached the end and I played on, asking Gareth if he’d like to sing the first verse again. He replied with a keen ‘yeah’, and then proceeded to sing almost every single word with me. I repeated the last line but left it unfinished for Gareth to complete – and he sang it in a moment of deep connection.

The two support workers in the room were surprised and elated, and other members of the professional team were amazed when I recounted that Gareth had sustained fifty minutes of active engagement.”

The power of music during cancer treatment


Read the full article here

The music therapy sessions also provided Charlie’s mum with time to play with her son. She said of the experience:

“Charlie spent almost 6 months on the oncology ward and had to endure some extremely traumatic, painful and distressing times as part of his treatment for Leukaemia and the music therapy sessions were literally the highlight of our week. Charlie spent much of his time in isolation due to various infections and so rarely made it to the group sessions. Instead Alison came to his room and delivered a personal session for Charlie. Sometimes he had a lot of pent up frustration that he needed to release on the drums, tambourine and bells whilst bouncing up and down on his bed with delight. On other occasions Charlie would make special requests for Alison to play his favourite Mary Poppins tunes. One occasion that really comes to mind is when Charlie needed sedation for a procedure but due to the various drugs that he was already on, his body was fighting sleep. Alison turned up with her collection of musical instruments and soothed Charlie to sleep with Golden Slumbers and other lullabies. It was simply magical seeing how Charlie responded by drifting off into a peaceful sleep. Other times Charlie was simply very frail and just seeing Alison turn up on the ward brought a huge smile to his face and made his day so much better. The music therapy sessions were an absolutely invaluable part of Charlie’s treatment; soothing and bringing happiness to a very poorly child fighting cancer. Seeing Charlie happy made everyone in the room happy – the music would literally transform our day.”

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 is this Friday 8 February


Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 is this Friday (although there have been gigs already from Space Elevator & Hanson Asiedu). Those with gigs this Friday are –




Plus the Little Red Kings, Broken Witt Rebels, the Fierce & the Dead, Tax the Heat and Andrew W.K. will be joining in even though they are not currently touring.

All will be mentioning the work of Nordoff Robbins via their social media on Feb 8th

In addition there are some gigs taking place specifically plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins on stage and/or raising funds for them –

Folk night at the Railway Inn, Portslade tomorrow night (7 Feb) – thanks to Robb Johnson

Dandelion Charm are playing a gig at the Brunswick, Hove on Feb 8th. It is free entry and any donations on the night will go to Nordoff Robbins.

Folk duo Ninebarrow play North Ferriby Village Hall

Author Mark Stay has a signing event for his new book ‘The End of Magic’ and he will donate £1 for each copy sold and/or signed on the night (15 Feb)

Latest updates can be found here –


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

Railway Roots – Daria Kulesh and Jonny Dyer : Thursday 7th February

A night of top folk music at the Railway Roots night and also one that will be helping promote the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity as part of Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019. Thank you to Robb Johnson


Daria Kulesh and Jonny Dyer : Thursday 7th February

With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, “bold, exotic, impressive” Daria Kulesh is a rising star and a unique character on the UK folk scene. Her debut album Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal” and named Runner-Up in “Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist” by FolkWords, among numerous other accolades.

Her 2017 album Long Lost Home has won awards in the UK and in Russia, including Laurel Canyon Music’s Album of the Year. Mike Harding praised the The Moon and the Pilot as “one of the most beautiful new songs of the last ten years”.

A hardworking and in-demand live performer, Daria offers her audiences a thoroughly engaging, entertaining and enchanting experience.


Composer, multi-instrumentalist and competition-winning guitar player – Jonny Dyer’s outstanding technical ability, coupled with a wide-ranging musical taste has made him a tireless and forceful musical innovator. Jonny has been singing and playing choral music, soul, jazz and folk for as long as he can remember.

Web site:


KAISER CHIEFS touring UK now

Kaiser Chiefs continue their UK tour and they play Brixton Academy on 8 February and will be promoting the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity as part of Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019.

04/02/2019 Venue Cymru Conwy, UK Tickets
05/02/2019 Bath Pavilion Bath, UK Tickets
06/02/2019 The Hexagon Reading, UK Tickets
08/02/2019 Brixton Academy Greater London, UK Tickets
09/02/2019 Victoria Hall Stoke-on-Trent, UK Tickets
10/02/2019 UEA LCR Norwich Norwich, UK Tickets
12/02/2019 Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridgeshire, UK Tickets
13/02/2019 Rock City Nottinghamshire, UK Tickets
15/02/2019 Exeter University Exeter, UK Tickets
16/02/2019 O2 Guildhall Southampton, UK Tickets
17/02/2019 Cliffs Pavilion Southend-on-Sea, UK Tickets
19/02/2019 Winter Gardens Margate, UK Tickets

PAUL CARRACK touring the UK until March 24th

Paul Carrack’s remaining tour dates promoting his latest album ‘These Days’. He plays the Pavillion Theatre, Bournemouth on 8 February and will be promoting the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity as part of Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019.



Cruise to the Edge sets sail tomorrow (4 February) and headliners YES, along with ADRIAN BELEW, FROST*, STEVE HACKETT and DISTRICT 97 are allkindly plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins as part of Fifty Gigs In A Day.


THUNDER’s ‘Please Remain Seated’ tour underway

THUNDER’s ‘Please Remain Seated’ tour is underway and they Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on February 8 and they are kindly posting about Nordoff Robbins on their socials on that day. Support comes from DAN REED playing an acoustic set – well worth getting in early for.