Happy New Year

Happy New Year

A Guid New Year to one and all.

2024 is off writing new songs with a view to being back out the following year.

After 54 live shows on the Dentures Out Tour in 2022, 2023 saw a further 42 performances. Links below to live clips from the midst of a 5 week, 20 date tour of Australia and New Zealand. Half of Letter from America and the whole of Sunshine on Leith from the second of two nights in the legendary Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre. An art and cultural hub the city’s oldest cultural institution, opened in 1886 with the premiere of the world’s first full-length feature film, The History of the Kelly Gang. Mark Twain lectured there in 1895.

The Athenaeum’s library also provided many Melburnians with access to a hand-picked collection of books and reading material. In the 65 years between the State Library of Victoria putting an end to book borrowing in 1939 and the opening of public libraries in the CBD, the Athenaeum Library was the only place where you could borrow a book in the city centre. It has a 30,000-strong collection. The building continues promoting and developing local and international music, visual arts, literature, science and theatre. The helmeted statue of Athena, goddess of wisdom, reason and the arts, is a fitting mascot.

And what an atmosphere the theatre generates, quite memorable nights for all on the tour and a joy to perform on such an esteemed and historic stage. There is an exceptional poignancy when Letter from America is sung over 10,500 miles away from Scotland. On Sunshine On Leith, outside of the Australasian tour, fans will always have seen Zac Ware playing the pedal steel, coinciding in some shows with Erika Nockalls on violin, here Zac improvises beautifully with a slide on electric guitar. And a big hand to Stevie Christie on keyboards, Garry John Kane on bass and Clive Jenner on drums accompanying Craig and Charlie.

 

Slainte!

No Strings Attached – Auction (featuring Zac Ware from The Proclaimers band)

No Strings Attached – Auction (featuring Zac Ware from The Proclaimers band)

Music legends leave their mark on the iconic Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar  Online auction launches Friday 29th September 

No Strings Attached brings together some of the biggest names in music for a unique creative project, in partnership with Gibson Gives.

Over fifteen renowned musicians and performers – including The Proclaimers guitarist Zac Ware have created original artwork on the soundboards of Gibson J-45 acoustic guitars.

Framed alongside scratch plates signed by the artists, the artworks will be exhibited at the iconic Scotch of St. James music venue in central London before being sold in an online auction. Prints from the project will also be on display throughout the auction at the South Mills Arts centre in Bishop’s Stortford.

Participating artists are -Boy George – Coldplay – Gary Numan – Jim Cregan and Rod Stewart – John Illsley – Jimmy Pursey – Mick Hucknall – Minnie Driver – Noddy Holder – Pete Doherty – Pure Evil – Ralph McTell – Rosanne Cash – Suggs & Paul Weller – & The Proclaimers

Proceeds from the auction will be shared between the Gibson Gives foundation, and  Retune, a UK charity that inspires young people to improve their mental wellbeing through  music and the arts.

Gibson – the leading global guitar brand – supports the global music community through its philanthropic arm, Gibson Gives. The mission of Gibson Gives is to support non-profit organisations worldwide in their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, music, and health and wellness initiatives.

29th September – 14th October: Online auction at

https://www.charitystars.com/tag/no-strings-attached

3rd – 4th October: Two day public exhibition of the soundboard artworks at the Scotch of St. James – 13 Masons Yard, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6BU. 11am-5pm. The iconic 1960s club will be turned into a pop-up gallery using specially commissioned lighting, walls and graphics. All of the original, framed artwork from the project will be on display, with live music taking place during the daytime.

26th September – 14th October: Prints and project info on public display at South Mills Arts – 1-3 South Rd, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 3JG

The exhibition will include full-size reproductions of all the artwork, as well as a large feature wall.

For over 130 years, the iconic and leading American instrument brand Gibson has been shaping sound across generations and genres. Gibson, and its charitable arm Gibson Gives believe in the power of music, and that getting instruments into the hands of those with a desire to make music is a life-changing event. Gibson Gives is committed to making the world a better place by supporting non-profit organizations and programs in their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, music, health, and wellness initiatives. 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives go towards giving the gift of music. In the last three years, Gibson Gives has raised over $4.5 million and enabled $46 million in funding for key organizations through product donations and meaningful giving worldwide. For more information, visit: https://www.gibsonfoundation.org

About Retune  

Retune is a charity that inspires young people to improve their mental wellbeing through creative outlets such as music and the arts. Creativity can be defined as ‘anything you can lose yourself in’. Retune delivers workshops in schools, universities, colleges, hospitals and prisons, as well as putting on high calibre live shows that encourage performers and audiences to be open about their experiences. Retune’s SCALES model,with six ‘strings’ representing different areas of mental wellbeing (Sleep, Creative, Active,  Listen, Earth, Social) can be used as a preventative self-help tool that might reduce the  number of young people seeking professional help or ending up in mental health crisis.  Retune is supported by the NHS and carries out its work all over the UK, wherever services are required. The message is simple – we all go ‘out of tune’ from time to time, and it is important to have strategies up our sleeves in order to achieve mental ‘harmony’ once more. For more information, visit: https://www.retunewellbeing.com

About Eazl  

Eazl CIC is a creative social enterprise that conceives and realises projects and events focused on art and music. Intended to be both fun and meaningful, the projects often include a fundraising goal, working to support partner charities.

Past projects have included a UK-wide arts project inspired by the only collective painting ever made by the Beatles and endorsed by Sir Paul McCartney, and Art in a Box – a recurring initiative that has seen original artwork created by the likes of Coldplay, Paul Whitehouse, Joanna Lumley, Boy George and KT Tunstall.

For more information, visit:  eazl.co.uk

Kieran’s Warriors 2nd Ball donations

Kieran’s Warriors 2nd Ball donations

Delighted that the evening sold out straight away. Craig and Charlie are supporting the fantastic endeavours of Senga Chrighton who is organising the event, to help raise funds for these two tremendous charities who support children with cancer.

Her son Kieran in 2018 when he was 12, was diagnosed with a Metastic meddulloblastoma brain tumour, Kieran then developed Posterior Fossa Syndrome after having the brain tumour removed.

He and family have since had incredible support from the charities on the road to recovery.

Money raised is going to Calum’s Cabin and Teenage Cancer Trust.

Donations can be made to:

Account 90014926
Sort Code 80-65-22

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