On the 4th April, we gave our first ever live streamed concert. Boy were we nervous…but boy was it a success!! We were joined by over 2500 of you over on the website and another 500+ on Faceook and we have been absolutely overwhelmed not only by your feedback and amazing messages of support, but also – the generous concert donations that people made before, after or during the show. We’re so grateful to you all!
The resounding feedback was that we should do more of these streams – and who are we to argue?! Something that really struck us after the last concert was the wonderful sense of community the evening generated. People here in the UK, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Colombia, the USA, Spain, France, Sweden, Italy, Canada – the list goes on – all coming together for an evening of music – all chatting, posting photos, jokes, emojis…! All of us ‘together’, even though we must also be apart during these strange times. We can’t think of a much better way to spend an evening, to be honest!
So here we go again, with a totally different set of songs! 😎
We were so thrilled to get messages from people who were seeing us for the first time on Saturday. We know that’s because lots of you shared word of the concert with your nearest and dearest around the world – and we’d be so grateful if you’d all consider doing that this time too. Now we know the whole thing works – it’d be amazing to try and beat the viewing figures for last time! 🙂
All the best – stay safe and well – and we’ll look forward to seeing you on the 2nd May! 😊
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!
It is a very challenging time for us all, where music can help soothe ourselves and bring out a sense of community, even if we can’t all be enjoying a live show in the same room. So this blog (and the Fifty Gigs In A Day one) will concentrate on highlighting live online music, plus new releases, from bands and artists across all genres.
Two shows today are That Joe Payne at 4PM GMT – expect prog and all sorts of musical delights
Then at 8PM GMT we have singer songwrier Tim Arnold which will be a treat I am sure!
Next Saturday folk duo Ninebarrow play a live streaming gig between 7PM and 830PM GMT
Bands/artists do get in touch and I will happily plug your gig, new music – whatever I can do to help.
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
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
Delighted to have the talented folk duoNinebarrow(Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardier) joining in again as they supported this year’s Fifty Gigs In A Day. They play the Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield on February 8th 2020.
They are relentless touring and you can see their upcoming gigs here
It’s been an incredibly exciting few months since we last contacted you. Huge thanks if you’ve managed to catch us over the last few weeks. We’ve had a string of wonderful rural touring shows – all sold out thanks to you and the wonderful promoters that have been working so hard behind the scenes.
And you might be aware we also managed to win BEST DUO in the Folking.com awards. Thanks so much if you managed to find the time to vote for us. Being a public vote, it almost feels more special than some of the other awards we’ve been up for in the past – without the support of people like you, we just wouldn’t be able to achieve this stuff, so we really are truly grateful! 😊
And finally…we’re still recovering from a superb ‘double choir’ concert which we held down in Poole on Saturday. We were joined from far and wide – with people even coming all the way from Wales to see the show. It really was a corker too!! We’ve got two more choir concerts coming up this summer – so do take a look at the gig list if you’re interested in catching one of those!
The Ninebarrow Band is born!
So THIS is very exciting indeed. We’ve had this one under wraps for a little while now, but we’re so excited to announce that on September 14th this year, we’ll be having the first ever Ninebarrow Band concert at the Towngate Theatre at Lighthouse Poole. With John Parker on double bass, Evan Carson on percussion and Lee MacKenzie on cello, this is going to be something rather special. We thought maybe you’d like to have a look at a wee snippet from our first rehearsal a few weeks ago. It’s a little clip of For A Time – our song about the ‘lost’ village of Tyneham.
Poole Lighthouse is the same venue where we had our album launch last year, and it was such a wonderful evening – an amazing theatre and a full lighting show to accompany the band. We just thought it’d be fantastic to do it again and have the opportunity to not only recreate some album arrangements from over the last 6 years, but also come up with some totally new song arrangements as well.
Tickets have literally just gone on sale for this. We do understand that the south coast is quite a distance for many of the people on this mailing list, but we were delighted that so many of you were able to make it down to the album launch last year, and we can promise you – this is going to be even better. 😎 Click below for details!
New dates announced!
And of course – we’ve just announced a raft of new duo dates elsewhere around the country too – and it’d be lovely to see you out and about sometime soon! Check out the map on the top right and, as always, find all our upcoming dates over at www.ninebarrow.co.uk/gigs.
Until next time!
All the best,
Wed 15 May 2019
Ely Folk Club
Thu 16 May 2019
St Peter’s Church,
Fri 17 May 2019
The Ram Club
Sat 18 May 2019
St Andrew’s Church,
Wed 22 May 2019
Thu 23 May 2019
The Place Theatre
Fri and Sat 25 May 2019
Ireby Festival 2019
Sun 26 May 2019
Chester Folk Festival 2019
Fri 07 Jun 2019
St Michael the Archangel
Sat 08 Jun 2019
Bickerton Village Hall
Sun 09 Jun 2019
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival 2019
Fri 14 Jun 2019
St George the Martyr Church
Sat 15 Jun 2019
St John the Baptist Church
Sun 16 Jun 2019 NINEBARROW CHOIR
Crediton Congregational Church
Thu 20 Jun 2019
Fri 21 Jun 2019
St Andrews United Reformed Church
Sat 06 Jul 2019
Kimpton Folk Festival 2019
Sat 13 Jul 2019 NINEBARROW CHOIR
St John’s Church, Totnes
Sun 21 Jul 2019 BBQ CONCERT
Manor Green, Cossington
Fri 9th Aug 2019
St John the Baptist, Horrabridge
Fri 16th August
Broadstairs Folk Week
Sat 17th Aug 2019
Moira Furnace Folk Festival
Sat 14th September LIGHTHOUSE POOLE BAND
Tues 17th Sep 2019
Wurzel Bush Folk Club
Wed 18th Sep 2019
Ripon International Festival
Thu 19th Sep 2019
Rolleston Village Hall
Fri 20th Sep 2019
Harwell Village Hall
Sat 21st Sep 2019
Peopleton Village Hall
Fri 27th Sep 2019
St Mark’s Church
Sat 28th Sep 2019
For more info on these gigs and many more see the gigs page on our website.
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.