Supporting Life Through Music – A Truly Noble Cause

Every now again, a story comes my way that is so moving, and so inspiring, it completely changes my outlook on, well, pretty much everything… This is exactly what happened as I sat and read about The Celebration of Life, Demelza and a little boy called Jaden.

Sadly, Jaden suffers from a terminal brain disease, and his parents were initially told by doctors that he wouldn’t live long. However, to the complete delight of his family and everyone who knew his story, Jaden celebrated his 11th birthday in August, and the care he received at the hospice run by Demelza was instrumental to this.

Learn more about the work Demelza Hospice does here: https://www.demelza.org.uk/

A huge part of this care was music, and this is where the guys at the Celebration of Life come in.

Watch the documentary about the project here: https://youtu.be/fuXbDleb310

The Celebration of Life is a fundraising project started by a group of producers from the jungle, drum & bass, reggae and dance worlds (some of Jaden’s favourite genres) who were moved by his story; Potential Badboy; Demolition Man; Jr. Dangerous; Navigator; Tippa Irie; General Levy; Alaska MC and Cowboy Ranger. They have come together to produce a song, and music video called “Celebrate Life”. The track has been described as ”an uplifting, beat-heavy, furiously catchy song which is aimed at all those struggling in situations beyond their control and showcases some of the best in UK musical talent from the last twenty five years, in a completely unique coming together of genre.”

Watch the video to “Celebrate Life” here: https://youtu.be/ryNIeQ6AUh4

To promote the release of the track, the guys will be headlining Jungle Fever at the Ministry of Sound on the 22nd of September and all proceeds will go straight to Demelza and the hospices so they can continue their amazing, important work.

 

Keep up with the guys on social media here:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-469116529/celebration-of-life/s-2wzva

Youtube: https://youtu.be/ryNIeQ6AUh4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CelebrationofLifeglobal/

Twitter: @celebratelifeuk

Instagram: celebrationoflifeglobal

Website: www.celebrationoflife.global

 

There was never a cause more worthy so please, get involved; it’s work like this that makes all the difference in our world!

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Steampunk Records Hits The Road!

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If you’re looking to experience something new in September and October, Feline & Strange and friends have exactly what it is you’re looking for. Featuring live music and spectacular light shows, the Steam Punk Records Roadshow Tour is hitting venues around the UK and it really is something that can’t be missed. A spectacle of the weird, the wonderful and everything in between, there’s something new for everyone here.

The love child of Mad Max style visions of the future and Victorian fashion and culture, the steam punk movement has been gaining traction over the last few years and is one of the most interesting social movements to appear in the last few years. Let your curiosity get the better of you and indulge in the wonder that is steam punk, even if for just one night!

Get more on Feline & Strange here:

https://soundcloud.com/felinelang

https://www.facebook.com/felineandstrange

https://twitter.com/felinelang

https://www.felineandstrange.com

Twinwood Festival set for August 2015

The original and best vintage music and dance festival:

Twinwood Festival set  for August 2015

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After its huge success last year, the UK’s largest vintage music and dance extravaganza, Twinwood Festival will return to Twinwood Arena in Clapham, Bedfordshire this summer. It will be the event’s 14th year, held over the weekend of 29th-31st August, and it’s set to be the biggest yet, with countless attractions for festival goers who visit from all over the world.

For a taste of what the weekend has in store, check out some clips from last year’s festival:

Attractions

As ever, the festival will be a haven for music lovers who have an appreciation for good popular retro music. With 60 live bands playing music through the decades over 11 venues, including the centrepiece outdoor arena, festivalgoers are spoilt for choice. The bands and artists will include the excellent Si Cranstoun, The London Swing Orchestra, 60s group The Overtures, Rock ‘n’ Roll band Joey and the Jivers, The Revolutionaires big band and many, many more class acts. From the classic days of Charlston, through the 40s to the rock and roll of the 50s and the music of the swinging 60s, the range of acts is vast – right the way through to electro-swing acts that blend tradition with modernity.

With so much choice, it’s just as well all the venues have acres of sprung dance floors which reverberate to the beat of the music, and after you’ve been to the retro dance lessons that will be available across the weekend, taking in swing dancing, modern jive, rock and roll, the jitterbug and plenty more besides, you’ll be on the floors as well.

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To help set the scene, Twinwood Festival Village will also be filled with over 100 vintage traders selling fabulous fashions and collectables, plus there will be flying displays, classic vehicles and museums to feast your eyes on. There will even be a choice of hair and beauty salons to make sure you look the part.

Other live entertainment will include comedy and vintage fashion shows, and a host of music bars and eclectic food outlets serving a great range of food and drink throughout.

Last but not least, 2015 sees the return, for only the second year, of the Mr and Miss Vintage UK competition, which will crown those who have most accurately captured the look and spirit of the festival. The contest is one of the centre pieces of the whole weekend, where the winners go home with exclusive prizes presented by Twinwood’s special guest star Anita Harris.

Tickets


Fantastic camping for caravans, motor homes and tents is provided next to the Festival Village and five nights stay, with good facilities, is available to 3 day ticket holders at a great price.

Also non camping festival goers will be able to buy tickets for individual days as well as 3-day weekend tickets.

Tickets on sale now from http://www.twinwoodevents.com/ or you can ring the ticket hotline on 01234 824773 or 07914 093552 or 07914 093553

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Candi staton on BBC Radio in Memphis

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Candi Staton one of the greatest voices of the disco era is to perform’ In the Ghetto’, she’ll also be performing one of Elvis’s Peace in the Valley.  Candi’s new CD will make its debut in the UK this coming October.

Candi Staton has had 50 years in the music industry and overtimes has accumulated a great number of successful songs over the years. An ideal candidate then, to commemorate 60 Years of one of the most iconic men in Rock ‘n’ Roll. Staton and a few other name acts will be meeting up at the same studio in which the rock pop icon began his career to recreate some of his greatest hits, with their own vocal renditions.

ALBERT LEE’S 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ – March 1st and 2nd 2014, 7pm

Albert LeeALBERT LEE has played with pretty much everyone. No surprise as he’s just about one of the best guitarists…ever.

 

From Eric Clapton to Emmylou Harris, from Vince Gill to James Burton, from Jools Holland to Joe Bonanassa, everyone sings his praises.

 

As Clapton succinctly put it “he’s the greatest guitarist in the world…the ultimate virtuoso”….a sentiment endorsed by Vince Gill,  “he’s one of the finest guitar players who ever walked this earth.” The accolades are huge, many and extraordinary.

 

So no surprise to find the celebrations for Albert’s 70th Birthday crammed with top drawer musicians wanting to pay their respects.

 

Amongst those joining Albert on stage at London’s prestigious Cadogan Hall on March 1st and 2nd are the following:

 

Joe Brown, Chas and Dave, Gary US Bonds, Gary Brooker, Marty Wilde, Bruce Welch, Chris Farlowe, Brian Bennett, Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders, Shakin’ Stevens, Ralph McTell, Dave Edmunds, The Robert Wells Trio….just some of the artists scheduled to appear.

 

Partner for the concerts, Yamaha, will be providing many of the instruments on the night including piano and sound desk as well as ground breaking THR amplifiers for backstage.

 

The shows will be compered by DJs  Bob Harris on March 1st and Mike Read on March 2nd. The artist line-up varies each night. Although sold out immediately the promoters plan to release a further small allocation of £40 tickets just before the dates.

 

The 70th birthday celebrations will be followed by the release of a new single from Albert, “Spellbound” and an album , “Frettening Behaviour”, both out of March 3rd. A tour with his band, Hogan’s Heroes, kicks off around the UK on March 7th.

 

Albert Lee has spent the last 50 years making music. A double Grammy Award-winner, he has worked with many of the world’s top stars – Dolly Parton, Eric Clapton, the Everly Brothers to name but a few. He played at George Harrison’s Memorial Concert and has featured on various occasions at Clapton’s Crossroads Festival. A member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, he has also been a member of Hogan’s Heroes, one of the best country rock bands in the world, since 1987.

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

 

March 1st and 2nd 2014, 7pm