Join the Clubs!

Check the fantastic write up by journalist and author Stephanie Zia on her blog, Confessions of an Author, about BluesClub and The Troubadour Club.

Cheers Stephanie!

We’re also using this pre-gig excitement to thank Fine Art Solutions, who usually work on fine art and photographic prints but who’ve very kindly printed up some superb quality posters for our publicity campaign – rock ‘n roll!  See them (the posters that is) at The Troubadour and elsewhere from tomorrow.

Yes, yes, we still have a few tickets left for this unmissable evening – get yours now from

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Zia

Take 5 for Mental Health Awareness Week: do what you can.

I remember visiting a friend who had severe depression in hospital some years ago and asking her, by way of making conversation, who had been to see her. Later on I was talking to the nurse who was looking after the ward and told her how shocked I was that no family had come, and only one friend, who’d made regular visits at least. I was annoyed, most of all with her family – she’d been in hospital for around 10 days and bar that one loyal friend, no relatives, no one else had been! How could they be so neglectful? The nurse replied with a pearl: ‘Everyone does what they can.’ Some people just can’t cope and so they keep away, some are plain busy or too wrapped up in their own lives, and I suppose the sad reality is that a few others don’t really care.

15 or so years have gone by and my friend still remembers my visits and I still remember the nurse’s reaction. The small amount of time it took me to visit each week made a huge difference to my friend – she remembers everyone else who came too.  And the nurse’s advice has served me well, removing a layer of irritation and frustration when I find people aren’t doing what I’d expect them to.

It can only take 5 minutes to make a difference. It’s Mental Health Awareness this week and an ideal time to take those 5 minutes to reach out to someone who will value your support.  If you know someone who’s feeling low, having a particularly stressful time or who’s dealing with mental health issues, take 5: visit them, phone them or simply send them a card or a text message.

If you’re fortunate enough not to know anyone experiencing problems, you can still reach out to others. How many people do you come across in your neighbourhood, on the bus or in the supermarket who look harassed or distressed? Give them a smile if nothing else, hold a door open, stop and chat for a while, offer them your seat, help them with their shopping or some other small chore.

Beyond that you could volunteer, donate, take part in an event or organise something to raise money to help others.

Whatever you do, do what you can and find the time – just 5 minutes could make all the difference to someone else’s day and it’ll make you feel good too. If you’re feeling low or having a hard time, helping someone else will give you a boost. Check the Doing Good Does You Good link from The Mental Health Foundation on our Facebook page for more ideas. Mental Health Awareness Week 2012 runs from 21 – 27 May.


Tickets On Sale: Troubadour Mind Benefit 9th June 2012

It’s ticket time – here’s a link for you to buy tickets to the Mind Benefit at The Troubadour Club. If you’re buying more than one ticket you’ll need to email us with names of attendees. There will be no tickets as such but a list of names on the door. Please book asap to avoid disappointment. Looking forward to seeing you there for some great music!

Buy tickets now.


Full Line Up Announced for Mind Benefit at The Troubadour Club

We’ve completed the line up for the 9th June Mind Benefit at London’s legendary Troubadour Club. Thrilled to have some fantastic artists on board supporting this great cause. Check out links and sounds below – it’s going to be good! Watch this page or email us thefinelineproject * (replace * with @) to join the mailing list for tickets, which will be released in the next few days. We’ll announce it here and on our Facebook page + Twitter first.


Yolanda Charles’ The Deep Mo

Black River Wild

Max Fletcher

Also featuring DJ Rogue State, who’ll be spinning his sounds till 2 in the morning. If tickets for the main gig have sold out, chances are you’ll still catch Liam, and at a reduced rate from late.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Fine Line Project Troubadour Club Mind Benefit June 2012