Here’s the line up in its full glory – another great flyer from Patrick – and a supremely brilliant gig, coming up soon! How can you resist? Get buying tickets now. They’re only £8 up front and every penny is going to a great cause: Rethink Mental Illness.
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Noah Francis, Where’s Strutter?, Charlotte Campbell, Mog Stanley & The Cellar’s resident DJ.
With thanks to The Cellar Southampton and St Paul’s Lifestyle for their support. Here’s the TICKET LINK – ADVANCE TICKETS
Completing our line up for the Rethink Benefit at The Cellar Southampton on June 8th we have 2 more artists.
Upcoming local talent, Charlotte Campbell, one of the area’s biggest rising stars, is a singer songwriter with a voice exuding warmth and crystal clarity, beautiful melodies and a quirky folk/pop vibe which is already short-circuiting her to success. Charlotte is a graduate of the BRIT school and current scholarship student at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, having won her place through Mayor of London’s Gigs Live competition (Summer 2012). She has just released her new album Blue Eyed Soul featuring this catchy original tune – Quiet Nights:
We’re looking forward to opening the show with the powerhouse that is Mog Stanley’s one-man band, featuring some exceptionally brilliant blues guitar sounds along with his custom designed ‘percussion toe tapping shoe box thingy’. Mog will be releasing new recordings this Summer. We’re also hoping he’ll have a clutch of his recent EPs to bring to the gig including this awesome little track, Tricky Mouth Blues:
The 8th also features Noah Francis in the headline slot and Where’s Strutter?
It’s so refreshing to hear a genuinely original band – from the opening bars the echoing sound of Where’s Strutter?’s Long Way Down wraps you in, swirling forth through subtle twists, cascading guitars and an epic solo, all held together by some great drumming and Paddy’s melodic tones. This track sweeps you up, building in and out of massive crescendos in several loops – it’s all there in one song and delivered with palpable pleasure from St Pauls Lifestyle’s studio. This band from Manchester sure are going places; catch them while you can in a smaller venue. Hear them first at Southampton’s Cellar on the 8th with The Fine Line Project. We can’t wait!
Paddy on guitar/vocals, Danny on lead guitar, Broady on drums and Leach on bass, listen up:
What are mental illnesses and how common are they? We’ve used the UK as an example and statistics from The Royal College of Psychiatrists:
- Anxiety affects 10% of the population
- 20% of people become depressed at some point in their lives
- Personality disorder affects 1%, although for some it’s mild
- Anorexia affects one in every 150 15-year-old girls and one in every 1000 15-year-old boys
- Bipolar disorder affects 1%
- Schizophrenia affects 1%
- OCD affects 2%
Think of these percentages in terms of your classroom/lecture hall/office or as a proportion of your address book/Facebook page – these are serious statistics – 1 in 4 will be affected in some way or another. Not everyone will receive a formal or accurate diagnosis. What’s more, many of these figures are reflected throughout the globe. Schizophrenia for instance has the same prevalence worldwide crossing every border, culture and walk of life.
You can find out more about mental health, how it’s defined and when it becomes a problem via this excellent recent article on the BBC website.
Each year Mental Health Awareness Week has a different focus – in 2013 it’s all about physical activity. For those with a mental health diagnosis the lack of joined up thinking across mental and physical symptoms can be disheartening and often counter-productive. While the current campaign focuses on physical activity and its impact on wellbeing, there are many other physical areas which deserve attention: diet and nutrition, sleep, stress and environmental factors to name the most obvious. We look forward to exploring these in more depth later or post up your links if you have some good ones.
Returning to Mental Health Awareness Week, take a look at the Mental Health Foundation’s ‘Get Involved’ section which lists events across the UK and on a separate page offers a free download covering the importance of physical activity to all round health, not just mental.
There are awareness days, weeks and months all over the world now as well as the WHO’s World Mental Health Day – marked annually on the 10th of October. These dates offer a great opportunity to focus all our minds on health as well as the stigma which still surrounds mental health issues. Take this week to review your own mental and physical condition and reach out to those around you who might welcome your support.
Oh and don’t forget the physical activity – we’re thinking about it in musical terms – play, sing, clap, tap, rap, dance… Check our friends Tom Morley and Dawn Ellis’ Who Will You Make Peace With? video for some creative inspiration:
We’re unbelievably excited about our next headline act, the incredibly talented Noah Francis.
We first saw Noah perform last year and were totally blown away by his voice, his songs, his band and his sheer presence on stage. Here’s an artist who certainly knows how to capture and hold his audience’s attention from the subtlest melodic tone to the sheer power of the chorus, all tightly controlled yet delivered with utter ease – electricity unleashed. More about this great singer, his band and new album later.
Meantime a word about our hosts, the fabulous Cellar in central Southampton – we’re looking forward to heading South on June 8th to work with this legendary music venue and their great team. We’ll be promoting the gig, which is in aid of Rethink, in collaboration with another brilliant Southern outfit, St Pauls Lifestyle, the cult music site known for their unstinted support of indie music everywhere. These people have soul! We’re also looking forward to some online support from the one and only Ralph, rock dog par excellence.
Watch this space for the rest of the line up. Meanwhile you can join us on Facebook and Twitter or email to be added to our mailing list.
We did say heading South in June – here’s a suitably sunny shot of Noah and Jamboree, one of his acoustic tracks. Back soon with more news.
Hard to think that Janis would have been 70 years old this January. Around before our time anyway, but like all the greats her songs and her powerful voice have certainly stood the test of time. Here’s a beautiful snap (copyright free – correct us if we’re wrong), a quote and a rare version of Me and Bobby McGee. Enjoy!
Another quick word, thanks to WordPress for keeping count and sending us wishes, it was our 1st birthday yesterday – yay! Big thanks to you all for singing, playing, attending, following, commenting, Facebooking, Twittering and generally supporting all that we do. Here’s to much more!
We picked up this photograph from The Who Tour’s Facebook page – we love it for Pete’s quote. It’s also a brilliant shot! So many photographs go uncredited on the web, which isn’t fair for the artists who took them, so we researched the creator and hey presto, here’s a link to David Steen and his incredible photographic archive. If you want to own a copy of this iconic photograph (and any number of others) you know where to go.
Pete Townshend photo © David Steen