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Another steady run

Slowly getting back into the running groove. A nice and steady two miles with another mile walking. Just under two months away from race day and hoping I am fit enough to complete the 10K. Looking back I wonder how the heck I ever did three marathons at the end of the 90’s – youthful energy methinks 🙂

Tonight’s soundtrack included folk metalers Lyriel, the mighty FM, Black Stone Cherry and Pretty Maids.

Another five pound pledged today through good old fashioned paper sponsor forms, so now over seventy pounds raised for Children with Cancer UK.


WIN a copy of Big Country’s ‘The Crossing’ CD

Simply answer the following question to win a copy of the recently released double cd re-release:
Who is the vocalist in the band?
A Mike Peters
B Hugh Cornwell
C Jim Kerr

Simply email your answer to

Closing date 1st May at midday, entries welcome worldwide and good luck!

Patsy Matheson & Becky Mills (Waking the Witch) News Update March 2012‏

(Kind supporters of my fundraising – extremely talented and enjoyable folk duo)

Hello Everybody!

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter! We hope you’re all well and enjoying the sunshine.

Just a quick note to bring you up to date with our news.

Becky Mills and myself have been busy gigging all over the country. Thanks to all of you who have come along to the shows, joined in singing, helped us carry our gear, put us up, joined the mailing list, bought us sherry, etc! What a superb time we have had! We have been constantly reminded of how lucky we are to play music for a living.

Here’s a few links to what reviewers have been saying about the live performances: 

We have several dates left on this current tour including Appletreewick (North Yorkshire) tonight, Preston (tomorrow), Milton Keynes, Manningtree, Hebden Bridge, Hartlepool (me solo as special guest of Jason Feddy), Godalming, Hinckley (nr Leicester), Pickering and festival appearances at:

Barnsley Acoustic Festival on Easter Sunday,

Bristol Folk Festival on May Bank Holiday (Mon 7th May),

Friday 25th May, The Acoustic Festival of Britain

Sat 26th May – Lincoln Beer Festival, The Drill Hall

Sat 7th July – Heptonstall Festival

Saturday 1st September – Lanark Connections Festival

We were joined onstage in Otley by the amazing Finn McArdle on percussion and Jon Short on double bass  – who together make up what is probably the coolest, meanest rhythm section in the country – and are delighted to announce that they will again be accompanying us at Bristol Folk Festival and the Acoustic Festival of Britain.

These are all fantastic events! It would be great to see you there. Details are on the gigs page at or

Stories of Angels & Guitars


The new CD ‘Stories of Angels & Guitars’  can be purchased either CD or download version from Amazon at:

Here’s what people have said about it:

There’s an overcrowded market in the UK of female singer-songwriter-guitarists, but Patsy Matheson stands out for the quality of her singing and more importantly, her songwriting…her best songs are thoughtful, delicate and impressively original’ – Robin Denselow, The Guardian

‘There is something of a light-voiced female John Martyn about Patsy Matheson’s singing on So The Same, an impressive and original track on her new album Stories of Angels & Guitars… her sensitive lyrics and strong singing just click.’ – Martin Chilton, The Telegraph

“If I still had a radio show, I’d be playing this CD.”   – Andy Kershaw

Full versions of these and other reviews are on the website at:

So far it has received some great radio play, including spins from Mike Harding on his Radio 2 Folk Show (he said ‘The lass has got a lovely voice – this song (Hundred Guitars) is one of those great songs that tells a story but does it in a very subtle way’), and many of the other BBC local folk show presenters, including The Durbervilles at BBC Radio Leeds, Genevieve Tudor at BBC Radio Shropshire, Phil Brown at The Drift on BBC Radio Lancashire, Johnny Coppin at BBC Radio Gloucesterhire, Gordon Swindlehurst at BBC Radio Cumbria and Judi Spiers at BBC Radio Devon who made it her album of the week! Long may local radio continue!

Big thanks also to other shows who have featured it, especially Richard Bolland at on his Roots & Fusion show who has played it loads!


We’ve also been doing a fair few interviews whilst we’ve been on the road.

Here’s me with Ross at Celtic Music Radio, where Stories & Angels Guitars was album of the week!

Plus Bex & me chatting to our friend Allan Wilkinson at Northern Sky

And live with Jon Short being interviewed by the lovely Trevor Dann at the Proper Music Podcast

Dont forget Becky and I are both on Facebook regularly, so do send us a friend request if you haven’t already done so! We’re on Twitter, so you can follow us there too!

We look forward to catching you along the way!

Best wishes

Patsy & Bex  xx

Fri 16th March – Grassington, Appletreewick, Craven Arms

Sat 17th March – Preston, New Continental

Fri 23rd March – Milton Keynes, The Stables

Sun 25th March – Hebden Bridge, Trades Club

Thursday 4th April – Godalming, Farncombe, Farncombe Tavern

Sunday 8th April – Barnsley Acoustic Roots Festival

Friday 13th April – Hinckley, Hinckley ACT

Saturday 14th April – Pickering, Newton upon Rawcliffe, Village Hall

Mon 7th May – Bristol Folk Festival –

May 25th-27th Acoustic Festival of Britain – Uttoxeter Race Course

Thurs 21st June – Grassington Fringe Festival, Appletreewick, Craven ArmsSat 7th July – Heptonstall Festival

Brisk run tonight

Getting slowly back into the training but still not back to my normal pace after a chest infection. Nice that the evenings are getting lighter and hopefully I can mix in a few park runs as running all the time on pavements/tarmac plays merry havoc with the old knees.

Running soundtrack tonight included Gypsy Pistoleros, the Stage Dolls, Doogie White and the Pet Shop Boys (can’t beat a bit of pop pomp).

Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble has a new album out

I will plug news from those who have kindly donated signed items to my charity auctions…

Justin Fletcher (aka Mr Tumble off CBeebies) has a new album out ‘Hands Up’. It is a selection of classic children’s songs plus a few new ones. You can grab a copy here

The album debuted at number 16 in the UK album charts this week

(He kindly donated two signed DVD’s last year)

Signed copy of Danny Peyronel’s ‘Make The Monkey Dance’

Kindly donated  and signed by Danny Peyronel (X-UFO/UFO/HEAVY METAL KIDS) a special collector’s version of his solo CD ‘Make The Monkey Dance’ originally released in 2004 and available only at gigs. You can bid on it here

BIG thanks to Danny and look out for more signed goodies soon 🙂

Tarrant’s Quiz Party 2012

Join Chris Tarrant for this non-stop evening of fun, singing and dancing – not your usual sort of quiz at all!
Chris Tarrant leading a conga

This is the 16th year of our Quiz Party and we’re planning on it being the best one yet!

Our Quiz Party was devised and made successful by the legendary Jeremy Beadle. We’re so grateful to Chris Tarrant for continuing to maintain the success of this unique evening.

The evening will start at 6.30pm with a drinks reception, followed by a three course dinner – and then the quiz!

Last year’s Quiz Party raised over £150,000 towards our funding, so fingers crossed for equal success this year.

More info at:

Date: Wednesday 30th May 2012
Venue: The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1
Ticket price: £95
Table: £950
Corporate package: £1500

Some of the recent wishes granted by Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

You can read more about them here on their website but I have posted a couple below:

Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Cariad loves dancing – her favourite show is Strictly Come Dancing.  It wasn’t a surprise to discover that her heartfelt wish was to watch the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour and meet the dancing celebrities…

Cariad travelled with Dionne and Dad Jeremy  from her home in Southampton and spent the day in Cardiff enjoying afternoon tea and sampling a new cuisine – Chinese – before taking her seat to watch the live show, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Dionne told us: “She was very excited; she loves dancing and even wants to do wheelchair dancing.”  She met some of the stars of the show, as well as a couple of the judges, as you can see from our pictures.

Cariad has to sleep on a ventilator, has physiotherapy every day and is looked after by two nurses, but Mum Dionne explains “this is just normal life for us – we don’t know any different”.

Last word goes to Dionne: Strictly Come Dancing is Cariad’s favourite show and Chelsee is her favourite celebrity dancer, so meeting her was the icing on the cake. Cariad even said ‘this is the best day of my life’ and it really was; when we got home she cried because it was over!”

Newcastle United fan Ryan, 15, was born prematurely with Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (an abnormal connection between the oesophagus and the trachea). We recently granted his wish to meet his idol – Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.

Ryan’s first surprise was a visit from Alan to his home in Dudley. Ryan’s Mum, Amanda, said: “His face was a picture when Alan arrived. Ryan asked hundreds of questions and told jokes. Alan was lovely, he gave Ryan his personal training shirt and even signed it for him.” The next day Ryan was given a tour of Newcastle United’s training ground and was able to have lunch with Alan and a few players, before being given Tim Krul’s signed goalie gloves and a huge bag of goodies. Then it was on to the Newcastle United versus Queens Park Rangers match where he sat in the directors’ box and got to meet the Toon chairman and coaches.

Amanda said: “The look on Ryan’s face throughout the weekend was absolutely priceless, especially following his recent surgery in November.”

Ryan has had to undergo many operations over the past 15 years, including a full gastrectomy and surgery to treat a Diaphragmatic Hernia. He also has Epilepsy, has been left deaf after contracting Meningitis and for the past four years he has been fed intravenously.

Amanda said: “Ryan’s wish was absolutely amazing and turned into a dream come true weekend. He absolutely loved the training and meeting everyone, being in a posh seat and watching the match, but the icing on the cake was Alan Pardew coming to visit him at home! Ryan is still on cloud nine. He has said it is such a special memory he will never forget!”

“Make-A-Wish is amazing for children like Ryan whose lives revolve around hospital and treatments or operations. To do something they have always dreamed of and have wonderful memories is fantastic.”


Welcome to my blog covering my fundraising and also related news items from the charities I have fund raised for in the past/present plus some interviews with fellow fundraisers and musicians/authors/celebrities who have kindly donated items for my auctions. Feel free to browse away and post a comment if you want, feedback always welcome.

For 2012 I am doing the Staines 10K on Sunday May 13th raising funds for Children with Cancer UK and all year I am raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK through signed EBay items donated by bands/authors/celebrities.

The idea is to have a whole host of gigs/events mention via their social media posts the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity on and around the 8 February each year

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