18 guest stars for One Night Stand
SOME of the finest and most familiar singers in the island come together this evening (Friday), for a special concert at the Villa Marina’s Promenade Suite in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
One Night Stand will feature a house band backing no less than 18 vocalists, who will each take to the stage in turn to perform one of their favourite songs, with the evening compered by Manx Radio’s Stu Peters.
Sponsored by Dark Horse Promotions and Supertone Records, singers will include solo artists Christine Collister, Katherine Crowe, Louise Earner, Matt Creer, Christy DeHaven, Juan Callister and Simon Campbell, while guests from local bands include DC/AC’s Adrian Bruce, RedGap’s Barry Nelson and Jo Callister, Uber Room/Jacoba man Geoff Murphy, 3 Million’s Liam Harrison, Psychoholic’s Shelly Rourke, 8 Bit Empire’s Dave Brew, Simon Rea of Truman Falls, GASP’s Steve Parry, Geddy Up/Ed Force One’s Mike Jelski and STARLITE singer Suzy Starlite.
They will be supported by musicians Chris Glaister on keys, drummer Danny Kneale, bassist Steve Rowe and Simon Campbell on guitar.
Campbell, who conceived the event, said that so far rehearsals have been a hoot.
‘The camaraderie is great. The guys all mostly know each other, but don’t often get the chance to all meet up together like this,’ he said.
‘Everyone has been really flexible, it seems to have captured imaginations; they want to be involved. The singers have got behind each other, supporting and applauding. It’s like Band Aid!’
With the singers choosing their own songs, and the remit being an ‘unusual cover’, the challenge for the band of course is the breadth of material.
‘All 18 songs are so, so different,’ said Simon. ‘And when I say different I mean late 50s jazz to 80s synth pop. We have ended up with everything from Duran Duran to Doris Day! It will be a fantastic evening.’
Secrecy shrouds the camp however, as who is singing which track is being kept under wraps until the show itself.
All performers, as well as backstage manager Andy James and Mark Cleator’s ManxSound team, are offering their services for free, meaning the Macmillan charity will receive the vast chunk of proceeds from the £9.50 ticket sales.
‘Macmillan is well run,’ said Simon, ‘We chose them because of the help they have given Kath Crowe, who is dealing with cancer, and also when my dad died, the Macmillan nurses were excellent. It’s a good cause.’
Tickets are available from the Villa Marina reception, the Sea Terminal Welcome Centre, by calling 600555, or on the door on the night. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.15pm start.
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