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News – Beans On Toast joins in with Fifty Gigs In A Day 2020

Beans On Toast aka Jay McAllister is a folk musician who has released a new album every year on December 1st since 2009. This year’s album is entitled ‘The Inevitable Trainwreck’.

He appears at the Castle & Falcon in Birmingham on February 8 2020.

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News – Letz Zep, Dandelion Charm, Paul Carrack & the Darker My Horizon all supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day 2020

Delighted to have Letz Zep, Dandelion Charm, Paul Carrack and the Darker My Horizon all supporting next year’s Fifty Gigs In A Day, which aims to spread the word of the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity.

If any band or artist would like to join in please contact me via this website.

Please support them if you are able, either by attending one of their shows or spreading the word.

(All on February 8th unless stated)

ED BYRNE appears at the Anvil, Basingstoke

PAUL CARRACK will be playing at the Eastbourne Congress Theatre

DANDELION CHARM are planning something special in support of Nordoff Robbins (this year their gig raised over £170!)

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

JIMEOIN is appearing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange

LETZ ZEP play Rem, Mercia in Spain

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

signed paul carrack blu-ray raising funds for nordoff robbins

First eBay charity auction for Fifty Gigs In A Day 2020 is a signed Blu-ray kindly donated by Paul Carrack (Ace, Squeeze, Mike & the Mechanics), all proceeds donated to Nordoff Robbins

You can bid on the item here

STAKS BAND with STEVE OVERLAND & LULU charity concert for Nordoff Robbins


FM’s Steve Overland appearing with the Staks Band in London this Thursday 28 March at the Subterania plus Lulu & Kiki Dee! All proceeds to Nordoff Robbins charity.

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 raises over £350 for Nordoff Robbins

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 raised £353 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

£76 = my Facebook birthday post

£23 = eBay auctions (Ninebarrow CDs)

£40 = book launch for ‘The End of Magic by Mark Stay

£37 = JustGiving from generous FM & Thunder fans

A MASSIVE thank you to all the bands, artists, author & comedians who took part; those who generously donated either via Facebook, JustGiving or at an event and anyone who shared or liked a post on social media.

That is over £500 raised for Nordoff Robbins in the two years Fifty Gigs In A Day has been running and as it is such a success I am planning to do it again next year 🙂


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 –

ADRIAN BELEW, PAUL CARRACKJARROD DICKENSONBARBARA DICKSONDODGY FAIRPORT CONVENTIONFMFROST*FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS, STEVE HACKETTROBB JOHNSON, KAISER CHIEFSKING KINGLETZ ZEPLOST VOICE GUYNINEBARROW, THE SMYTHSSTONE BROKENTHOSE DAMN CROWSTHUNDER , YESTHE YOUNG ‘UNS

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 Februaryat Harbour Books in Whitstable, Kent.

Thanks to everyone for your support.

https://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/news/imogens-story

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 –

ADRIAN BELEW, PAUL CARRACK, JARROD DICKENSON, BARBARA DICKSON, DODGY , FAIRPORT CONVENTION, FM, FROST*, FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS, STEVE HACKETT, ROBB JOHNSON, KAISER CHIEFS, KING KING, LETZ ZEP, LOST VOICE GUY, NINEBARROW, THE SMYTHSSTONE BROKEN, THOSE DAMN CROWS, THUNDER , YES, THE YOUNG ‘UNS

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.

https://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/news/imogens-story

Gareth’s story

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“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

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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.”