Another Fine Fine Line Project!

Black River Wild at The Fine Line Project for Rethink Benefit, Troubadour 24 11 12Our second fundraising gig at The Troubadour on Saturday has raised at least £850 for Rethink Mental Illness with a few more donations yet to come.  We’ll be sorting through the photos and doing a final tally over the next couple of days. Considering how little time we had to promote the event, we’re feeling well chuffed! Couldn’t have done it without all your help…

We’ll post up a full report and lots of thanks as soon as possible so keep an eye on the site or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news.

Meantime here’s a picture of our headline band Black River Wild performing on the night – supreme set gotta give it to them.

More soon…

Meet the Artists – The Fine Line Project Benefit for Rethink Mental Illness

Without the artistes, there’d be no event…

The Fine Line Project Benefit for Rethink Mental Illness at The Troubadour Club 24/11/12

Here’s some more info about the singers and musicians who are donating their time to entertain you on the night and raise some much needed cash and awareness for Rethink Mental Illness.

Our headline act is Black River Wild who heroically stepped into the slot at the last minute after we were let down by another act. We are doubly happy to welcome them back, particularly since we’re smitten by their sounds, which are somewhat hard to get hold of. We heard a rumour about some CDs being available at the show…

Black River Wild

What’s been said about them? “Black River Wild are a swampy urban folk-blues band delivering a stormy melting pot of foot-stomping floor fillers, plaintive ballads and captivating acoustica. The band blends whisky-soaked vocals and twanging guitar with mojo-cello, close-harmonies and bone rattling drums. It’s an emotionally charged sound that should not be missed!” Can’t say better than that..check out their sounds here then book your tickets for the show.

In the line up tomorrow Blake Robson on vocals/guitar, Kester Hynds on cello/vocals and Neil Marsh on drums.

Asked about the benefit, Black River Wild’s cellist Kester Hynds tells us:

“To be honest mental illness is not a question of if – but when. Just like physical illness there are different degrees. Some people are lucky in life and the worst they have to deal with is a common cold, but for others it could be something much more serious. Same with the mind. I myself have had a rocky road at times and been lucky to have professional support networks available to help me through the worst of it. Charities like Rethink and fund-raising efforts like the Fine Line Project help to increase awareness and resources and remove stigma, so it’s a pleasure to be a part of this! Let’s look after each other.”

We wrote about Matthew Neel in a previous post so we’ll just add a couple of his debut album reviews and a band pic here: ‘Snappy lyricism and black heart.. a competent and assured debut that promises much for the future’  Americana-UK; ‘The guitar playing and vocals in particular are very powerful, resembling a slightly folkier Eric Clapton, the cryptic nature of the lyrics resemble Elliot Smith and the overall playful nature of the ‘gypsy folk’ music resemble Camper Van Beethoven. All in all, this is a very interesting sound that works extremely well with Matthew’s songwriting abilities’ Miccontrol.com

Matthew Neel Band

Matthew Neel’s band includes Luke Brighty on guitar, Ricky Barber on bass and Jimmy Shoo on drums.

DJ Rogue State is also back to support the Project for a second time and here’s what he has to say:

Mental health issues can affect anyone, it’s definitely a fine line. There’s a lot of stigma surrounding it all and I support The Fine Line Project as it raises money and awareness for charities that, from my own personal experience can really help.”

Rogue StateRogue State has been producing and DJ’ing since the late 90’s, evolving with the UK underground dance scene. A pioneer of early Sheffield dubstep, Rogue now lives in London, continuing to move forward, blending the freshest sounds and rhythms in his own way. As one half of the management for R8 Records, he has helped establish many talented artists and residents on the crews Sub.fm radio show.

With critical acclaim for his releases from the likes of the Beastie Boys and Mary Anne Hobbs, Rogue continues to surprise the dance floors with rumbling riddims!

Check the music link in a previous post.

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson, who we also wrote about in a previous post is a New York City native, currently in the UK developing her next album.

Leslie MendelsonAsked about the Troubadour benefit, she said: “Given how many people’s lives are touched by mental health issues – 1 in 4 worldwide – I’m really happy to be contributing to the Fine Line Project’s event. Because of the global recession more people and services are feeling the pressure so I think it’s especially important that we all try and play a part in supporting charities like Rethink in whatever way that we can.”

Dan Beaulaurier, who’s also from the US is now opening The Fine Line Project show.

Originally from Northern California, Dan is based in London, where he plays in the bands Norton Money and Grace Solero. His music is best filed under Americana brooding space psyched anticipation indie rock. More info at www.danbeaulaurier.com.

Dan Beaulaurier London 7 February 2012

Well that just about rounds things up until tomorrow night at The Troubadour Club. Looking forward to it – going to be another fantastic Fine Line Project. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, here’s the link and see you there! If you can’t make it, you can still donate to the cause and we’ll be posting some fresh pictures on these pages after the show.

The Fine Line Project’s Rethink Benefit at The Troubadour – Full Line Up & Ticket Link!

Woo-hoo, we’ve finalised the line up!

The gig will now kick off with seasoned singer songwriter Dan Beaulaurier, followed by an acoustic set by the hotly tipped Leslie Mendelson. Matthew Neel and his seamlessly accomplished band are on next with Black River Wild rounding things off with a scorching headline set. Stay up even later and enjoy the sounds of DJ Rogue State spinning the decks into the early hours.

All this talent in one night and it’s all in aid of Rethink Mental Illness. With BIGGEST thanks to all the artists performing on the night. We’ll post a list of band members and some pictures following the event.

Meantime, please show your support – book tickets for the show and share this link to spread the word.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Fine Line Project Benefit for Rethink Mental Illness at The Troubadour Club 24/11/12

Next Fundraiser for Mental Health – Time For A Rethink

It’s official: our next fundraising gig will be in aid of Rethink, who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. They started out as the National Schizophrenia Fellowship, operating at a time when conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar (then know as manic depression), were barely spoken about. Anyone diagnosed with or caring for someone affected by these wide ranging and often debilitating conditions was almost utterly bereft of any support, let alone information. Thanks to the work of Rethink, and that of a few other pioneering charities including SANE (the beneficiaries of another of our ongoing campaigns), times have changed.

Speaking of pioneering efforts and times changing, the now aptly renamed Rethink Mental Health and Mind’s joint campaign to address stigma, Time To Change, has had a massive and wide-reaching impact on people’s perception and understanding of mental health issues. Their approach has been inclusive and broad, bringing the stigma commonly associated with tackling mental health to the very top of the agenda on TV, radio and also crucially through social media channels and onto the internet. Thanks to the web, people from all over the world are now able to access resources which continue to improve almost daily.

Please take a few minutes to watch this powerful and ground-breaking film produced for the Time To Change campaign. It’s not just relevant to young people and clearly it doesn’t just concern the British population:

Time to Change film link: The Stand Up Kid

As I write, the number of viewers is 53,410 – this video was published on the 12th September 2012, 17 days and less than 3 weeks ago.

There are lots of interesting comments and currrently 504 likes and 21 dislikes – the latter making you wonder who and why they felt the need to disapprove. Therein perhaps lies part of the story about stigma. Anyone touched by mental health issues, whether personally or professionally, knows that stigma remains one of the biggest issues. This is no time for complacency. Whilst the dialogue is more open nowadays, we still need to keep talking. The Time To Change film highlights how difficult talking can be and how crucial it is, from both sides of the fence. The more we can communicate this to others the better. Please share this film and please keep talking.

Find out more about Rethink via our Charities page where you can also donate direct to any of the organisations that we highlight.

To find out more about our forthcoming music benefit for Rethink, please check back soon, join our mailing list thefinelineproject (at) gmail (dot) com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Cheque Presentation to Mind

We were delighted to present a cheque for £1050 to Richmond Mind’s director Val Farmer a couple of weeks ago. The event took place at The Troubadour in Earls Court, London, where our last fundraising gig was hosted. The cheque was handed over in the presence of one of the Club’s directors, Susie Thornhill.

The Fine Line Project cheque for Mind designed by Patrick Barthes

Our designer Patrick Barthès created a wonderful fake cheque for the occasion which we’ve reproduced here, another opportunity to thank everyone involved especially the artists who performed at the fundraiser: BluesClub, Yolanda Charles’ The Deep Mo, Black River Wild, Max Fletcher and last but by no means least, DJ Liam Rogue State Wild.

We’re also grateful to our own team, The Troubadour’s, Richmond Borough Mind’s and Armadillo Central’s, not forgetting all the wonderful people who bought tickets and donated their money, time, energy and skills to make the event such a success. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We’re now working on the next gig so watch this space for more news. We’ll also be posting updates on Facebook and Twitter. To receive news by email please ask to join the mailing list by sending a message to: thefinelineproject *at* gmail.com.

Fine Art Prints from Armadillo Central to Benefit SANE

From music to art and from Mind to SANE, we’re onto our next project.

Armadillo Central artist Jennifer Copley-May has just agreed to pledge 10% from each sale of her new Tao prints to The Fine Line Project.

Jennifer Copley-May Tao Armadillo Central_wm

Jennifer Copley-May Tao Armadillo Central

“This painting, which I have called Tao, symbolises for me the ever evolving universe and our lives in it.  Attitudes towards mental health/illness evolve too and they have long been a concern both for personal reasons and in the context of the wider world.

Taoism in its more pragmatic form has interested me for a long time. I recently dipped back into the ‘Tao of Politics, Lessons of the Masters of Huainan’, a book full of everyday wisdom, very profound and yet easy to read. The version I have has been translated and edited by Thomas Cleary. One aphorism seemed particularly relevant: “Those who comprehend the Tao are not focused only on themselves, they are also connected to the world.”

It seemed appropriate therefore to use Tao as my contribution to raising funds for The Fine Line Project.”

Tao, which has been reproduced from an original watercolour painting, is printed on heavyweight 310 gsm Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper using archival inks and is available in 2 sizes from www.armadillocentral.com.

Find out more about SANE’s crucial work via their website, linked from our Charities page.

Troubadour Encore – some more pics for your delectation

Photographer Patrick Barthes has just resurfaced with some more shots from The Fine Line Project Mind Benefit at The Troubadour.

And we’ve had some more donations in. Cheque presentation story coming up soon, in the meantime, hope you enjoy these…

BLUESCLUB BAND

YOLANDA CHARLES’ THE DEEP MO

BLACK RIVER WILD

Live at The Troubadour Club, June 2012 forThe Fine Line Project Mind Benefit.

If you’re using any of these pictures for publication elsewhere on the web, please respect copyright conventions and be sure to credit both the photographer and The Fine Line Project. If you want prints, please get in touch with us. Thank you! It’s all for a good cause.

The best shots: The Fine Line Project Mind Benefit @ The Troubadour Club June 2012

It’s been a tough call picking the best from an already brilliant selection by ace photographers Patrick Barthes and Martina Weselowski – if you’re after something in particular, give us a shout. You can contact us in the comments section of WordPress,  by email (see ‘About ‘section), Facebook or Twitter.

If you’re using any of these pictures for publication elsewhere on the web, please respect copyright conventions and be sure to credit both the photographer and The Fine Line Project. If you want prints, please get in touch with us. Thank you! It’s all for a good cause.

Here goes….kicking off with BluesClub, followed by Yolanda Charles’ The Deep Mo, Black River Wild, Max Fletcher and for the late owls, DJ Liam Rogue State Wild.

Enjoy!

BluesClub The Fine Line Project 612 Barthes

A Grand Night for Mind

We’ve now completed the accounts and are delighted to announce that together with event sponsorship from Make Life Easy and a very generous anonymous donor, we’ve raised a total of £1000 for Mind’s Richmond Branch. Pretty good for our first ever event!

We couldn’t have achieved this without our seamless team (Angelica, Grace, James and last minute help from Elle and Joanna). Also Patrick for all the great graphics, including our logo, and Stephanie, Debbie and Jane for extra social networking support. In the wings Sue, Jenny, Andy, Gerry and Darren. And Simon W, who’s got a little surprise up his sleeve for the music lovers – watch this space for news in a few weeks time or join our mailing list/like our Facebook page to be kept in the loop – it will be worth it.

Once again, thank you to the legendary Troubadour Club in London, especially Simon T for the venue and brilliant support from their highly professional team (John, Alice, Vaskan, Rita, Frank, Arren and Gabor plus everyone else who helped us out on the night).

Biggest thanks go to our fantastically talented artists, name checked in our last post. The music throughout was mind-blowingly brilliant! Feel free to add comments here or on our Facebook page – we’d love to hear what you all thought.

Event pictures have been streaming in and will be uploaded shortly. Big thanks for those to Patrick, who covered just about every angle and Martina, who kindly supplied some great extra shots. Next time we’ll improve on the lighting – they had a pretty challenging job. So did a couple of the bands, squeezing onto the Troubadour’s stage!

This didn’t stop it being an epic night for live music and a great success for our first fundraiser.

Last but by no means least thank you to everyone who bought tickets – what a great crowd! Hope to see you all at the next one…;

Signed The Fine Line Project gig posters