E2D Music Monthly – July

By Rachael Grealish

Rocking for charity: Both bands played set’s including a mix of  originals and covers in order to raise money for the Sick Children’s Trust.  -Photo by Robert Haile

Rocking for charity: Both bands played set’s including a mix of originals and covers in order to raise money for the Sick Children’s Trust.
-Photo by Robert Haile

MOOR Row was filled with rock and blues as Mama Sang and the Robot took to the stage to raise money for a children’s charity.

The charity gig, which took place on Friday May 27, was organised to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust, to go along with a team – including Mama Sang’s bassist – the Egremont Rugby Union Cycling Club (RUCC), who’re cycling from London to Paris.

Supporting act, the Rogues, stepped in last minute for the gig after NewtonSmith were unable to play that evening.

They took to the stage first, playing a primarily acoustic set with a mix of originals and covers.

The Whitehaven based band got the audience’s attention with covers such as Kasabian’s Fire and thrilled them with their original songs.

The band finished with a cover of Girls Aloud’s Love Machine, which was not only a stark and welcoming contrast in genre to their set, but surprised and was visibly enjoyed by audience members.

Mama Sang took to the stage with a blasting of their signature rock and blues sounds – covering such songs as 20th Century Boy by T-Rex and Jimmy Hendrix’s Hey Joe, as well as their own songs.

In the middle of the Mama Sang set Ryan Burns, Mama Sang front man, and Billy Redden, who is on the Egremont RUCC London to Paris cycling team, held a charity auction for one of the charity sport shirts and drew the raffle.

The charity gig raised £501.16, giving them a total of £1,775 for The Sick Children’s Trust.

The Sick Children’s Trust provides ‘Home from Home’ accommodation for families in times of real need so they can be close to their children who are ill in hospital.

Team cyclist Liam Nicholl’s son was critically ill after he was born, but thanks to the Sick Children’s Trust he and his family were able to stay on site at Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, while he was sick.

The London to Paris bike ride will cover 307.7 miles, with 15,977ft of climbing, over a four day event from July 20 to 24.

The team is made up of five members: Ben Jacques, Billy Redden, Liam Nicholls, Ryan Nicholls and Steven Butler.

The team are ‘self funding’ their ride, which means every penny raised will be going to this deserving charity – something that is very important to all the riders.

Billy Redden said: “It’s important to us that we raise as much money as possible as it’s such an amazing charity that helps so many families in our area. We’re really looking forward to the ride and can’t wait to get going. We’ve had some great support from local businesses too, which has helped us in getting to and from London with our bikes and bags.”

Mr Redden explained that the team are amateur cyclists and on the evening of the charity night he thanked Ryan Burns for taking over with the organising of the charity evening.

The charity gig was a huge success, not only raising over £500 for charity, but also showcasing the talent of two local bands.