REVIEW: Rock n Roll gig raises over £1000 to give Lily a voice

By Rachael Grealish

A ROCK and roll gig raised over £1000 to help give a little girl a voice.

Cumbria's at heart: John and Wayne wow audience members with heart-felt original compositions -photos by Robert Haile

Cumbria’s at heart: John and Wayne wow audience members with heart-felt original compositions -photos by Robert Haile

A fundraiser was held to raise money for a Voice for Lily, at Moor Row Working Men’s Club on Friday September 9.

The event, organised by Mama Sang and the Robot band frontman Ryan Burns, was to raise money to purchase an eyegaze for Lily Tyson who suffers from Rett Syndrome.

The gig was kicked off by the Plastic Paddy’s – who took to the stage when the full Mustangz band were unable to perform.

The duo were an instant hit for audience members playing Irish-country hits such as Belle of Belfast city.

Up next was John and Wayne – showing that Francis is not the only talented Dunnery brother from Egremont.

The group’s array of original compositions, such as: Cumbrian at Heart, Millom Zoo and Nearly Killed Keith were sure crowd favourites – they were songs that told relatable stories about life, living and working in Cumbria.

John and Wayne were a hard act to follow – but South Quay were up to the challenge.

The powerful vocals of their lead singer and sheer skill of their guitarists meant for passionate and exhilarated rock and blues performance.

Before Mama Sang and the Robot took to the stage a charity raffle, auction and even a drink coin-toss game were held by co-organiser; Garry Bedford.

Guitar hero: Mama Sang front man, Ryan Burns, lit up the stage

Guitar hero: Mama Sang front man, Ryan Burns, lit up the stage

Along with thanking all the volunteers who helped and the companies that donated prizes, he said: “I had a disabled daughter myself, so I know how Lily’s parents must be feeling and I wanted to do anything I could to help out Ryan.”

Headliners, Mama Sang and the Robot, were their usual high-caliber of rock and roll as each song oozed passion and enthusiasm.

The band played a mix of covers and original music – playing to all audience taste – never once faltering on difficult guitar riffs or while playing a complimenting tribute to rock classics.

Overall the evening raised £1109.25 for a Voice for lily.

The money will go towards an eyegaze – a communication device which can cost up to £12,000 – for Lily Tyson who suffers from Rett Syndrome.

Rett Syndrome is a condition which causes physical and mental disabilities, the biggest and most frustrating thing for Lily is not being able to communicate, verbally or physically.