Davy’s guitar up for grabs at charity auction

John pictured with the guitar

John pictured with the guitar

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A guitar signed by top blues rock musician Davy Knowles will be up for grabs at a charity guitar concert later this month.

Davy, who is originally from Port St Mary but now lives in Chicago, USA, signed the acoustic guitar when he was in the island for his sell-out show at the Gaiety Theatre in December last year.

The instrument is the top prize in a raffle which will be held during the Unplugged: A Celebration of the Acoustic Guitar and Other Instruments event at the Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin on Saturday, February 22.

The event, which starts at 7.30pm, aims to raise funds for mental health causes in the Isle of Man.

It will feature singer/songwriters and guitarists Matt Creer and Chris Gray (with Luke O’Reilly), roots musician Pete Woodman, harmonica ace Tim Cass and concert organiser John Gregory.

There will also be guest appearances from singer Kel Smith and guitarists Simon Smith and Tony Knowles.

Tickets for the raffle will only be available on the night at the event and the winner will be announced at the concert.

Tickets for the show are £10 and money raised will go towards a not-for-profit guitar tuition group John runs for people who have - or have had - ­ mental health problems as well as Manx mental health charity the Service Users’ Network.

Guitar tutor John said: ‘I have followed Davy’s career for many years and I am very grateful to him for signing this acoustic guitar.

‘The guitar was actually given to me by best-selling author Chris Ewan who is another of the Isle of Man’s most famous residents!

‘Chris wondered whether I could put it to good use and thanks to him we now have a great prize for this charity event.

‘I would like to thank everyone involved in this concert. It is going to be a fantastic night of music and at the same time will raise money for two good causes too.’

Tickets are available by ringing John on 204320 or by emailing him at bluejohnmedia@hotmail.co.uk

They are also available online at www.etickets.im/jg

The guitar tuition group the concert will raise funds for take places at the Archibald Knox pub meeting room, Onchan, every Tuesday, from 4pm to 4.45pm (apart from if John is on holiday).

There is a suggested donation of £2 for people attending to cover costs. Anyone who wants further information can contact John on the above phone number and email address.

The Service Users’ Network was set up in 2001 and is run by and for users of the Mental Health Service. It was registered as a Manx charity in 2002. For more details about the charity visit www.manxsun.im ENDS

Pictured: Concert organiser John Gregory with the guitar signed by Davy Knowles (picture by Gary Weightman – Vannin Photos)

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