2 Shades of Grey

Songs from the soundtrack of your life

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Macmillan Coffee Morning – playing music for a good cause

IMGP5198 - Version 2We were there at our local coffee shop playing for a good cause – we probably all know someone “living with cancer”  – and Macmillan nurses are the best.

IMGP5132IMGP5118IMGP5176We performed a couple of sets, about 15 songs in diverse genres.

IMGP5115Our friend Caroline Taylor performed her own set in between comprising mainly songs from the shows concluding with “Time to say goodbye” (made famous by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman) which she sang in English and Italian. Brava!.

IMGP5173Then Barrie and Caroline duetted to close the programme with “Summer Wine” (Barrie doing his Lee Hazlewood interpretation) and finally with our version of the Phil Ochs’ song popularised by Joan Baez, “There but for fortune” with some fine harmonising.

A friend and fellow blogger kindly took these photographs and you can see his take on the event on kindadukish blog




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Playing in Coffee Shops – very New York but in Burnley!

When we did our first charity gig at Rhode Island coffee for the Macmillan charity it made us think of how it must have been for the early folk singers in America in the 1960s and acts at the 2i’s Coffee bar in Soho where early British skiffle and rock n’ roll acts were discovered.

So last September there we were at 9 o’clock in the morning ready to perform our first of three sets. I have to say I have never played a morning gig before anywhere. Lunchtime at the local Miners’ Club was probably the earliest previous experience (usually sharing the spot with a stripper).

As if in homage to those early pioneers we included a number of folk songs like “Early Morning Rain”, “If I were a Carpenter”  and“House of the Rising Sun” alongside some  Bob Dylan and country and soul classics.

A couple of months later we repeated part of the show for another charity event hosted by Costa Coffee in Tesco organised by Brenda and the Baristas.

This was to help raise money for research into Histiocytosis, a rare disease suffered by a Burnley boy Max Moment, one of only 50 children diagnosed with this disease in the UK.

We’re always happy to help out in a good cause.