2 Shades played a fund-raiser on Friday for Alzheimer’s research – at Byerden House Social Club in Burnley.
We played a 45 minute set which included a contribution from David Parkinson (aka Dave of the Avalons – see archives). He contributed “Sweet Georgia Brown“, duetted with Barrie on the Everlys’ “Let it be me” and “Summertime Blues’.
Barrie also persuaded Brenda Smith from Costa Coffee to reprise her Kitchenettes days to help him out on “Rocking Good Way“.
We’d included some new songs in the set including some we thought were appropriate for the event such as Glen Campbell’s “Ghost on the Canvas” from his latest, and last album. Sadly Campbell suffers from Alzheimer’s and is now being cared for full-time in a care facility in Nashville, a great loss to the music scene.
We finished our set with the Beatles’ song “With a little help from my friends”, sung Wet, Wet, Wet style, which has been used in the advert promoting Dementia Friends, a collaboration between the Alzheimer’s Society and Public Health England.
After a break for bingo soprano Caroline Taylor took the stage to sing a selection of songs including “Somewhere”, “I who have nothing“, and “I dreamed a Dream” from Les Mis. She has a great voice and the audience loved her.
It was great fun and we enjoyed playing with other musicians and all in a good cause.
The event raised several hundred pounds so well done LyAnne and David for organising it.