Back in March 2015, when I started my Internship at Body & Soul my main aim was to put on a fundraising event. John Landua and the Giants was a no brainer to have them involved. Martha, a fellow intern suggested her friend Maz O’Connor, a successful young musician who has been nominated for a BBC2 folk award. Belle and the Busker were recommended by John and I was keen to have them perform. Malunga and Cinimo (Dominic) have played successfully before so it was good to have them back on board and I couldn’t resist adding Jessie Kilguss with her blend of Americana.
When considering a venue for the night there are advantages to using the Body & Soul building, the top floor is a beautiful space with a generous capacity and high ceilings which for a superb acoustics. Also by using Body & Soul premises we could run our own bar and maximise the money raised. Gideon from FREVDS came to help us out. The Old Red Lion Theatre Pub and Nectar both donated cases of wine. And Everyman Cinema, Chipotle and Canvas bar all donated raffle prizes. Gail’s kindly donated some sandwiches, bread and salads for the night. Malunga Yese took to the stage with her band playing original soulful tunes to rapturous applause. She was followed by the awesome Maz O’Connor playing beautiful, slightly sad folk songs, with a bit a banter with the crowd enthusiastic applause. The final third saw the lovely Jessie Kilguss treat us to some American country music, supported by John Landua on Guitar which was enjoyable. John Landua and the Giants then entertained us with their funky tunes.
A few familiar favourites were played and a group got up to dance away the rest of the evening. Overall it was a very fun evening of music and in total we raised around £2000 which I was very pleased with. Thank you to everyone for coming along as guests or volunteers and making the evening a success. (Photo’s by Mark Kelly)