Norwich’s upcoming stars to perform for homeless charities

Naomi Sutherland. Picture: Submitted

Naomi Sutherland. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Nine of the Norwich's popular upcoming acts will be coming together to perform at a charity gig for the homeless.

Bark Prelude. Picture: Submitted

Bark Prelude. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The acts will be performing at Gringos Tequila Bar in Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, on Thursday May 18 to raise money for homeless charities St Martins Housing Trust in Norwich and the Streetwork charity in Edinburgh.s

Performing at the gig is Naomi Sutherland, who has recently released her EP which is produced by Matt Cardle. Her tracks have been played by BBC Introducing, Future Radio and Radio Norfolk.

Also performing are Bark Prelude, Andrew Mcfadyen, Tesla Jets, Old Feathers, Claire Uttley and Dandelion Florence and George Cheetham.

Event organiser Dave Dowdeswell-Allaway was inspired to set up the gig after meeting a homeless man in Edinburgh.

Dave Dowdeswell-Allaway performing as DD-A. Picture: Submitted

Dave Dowdeswell-Allaway performing as DD-A. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant


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The mature student from Lakenham met the man while studying for a masters of science in mind, language, and embodied cognition at the University of Edinburgh.

He said: 'There is a huge homeless problem in Scotland's capital city. One day I saw someone who was just sobbing outside a Sainsbury's. I couldn't just walk past so I had a chat and he was called Richard and he was 19 years old.

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'He was made redundant, homeless, lost his mother all within the space of four months. He was so desperate. Because of talking to him, over a period of weeks, I got in to see the work the charity supporting him was doing.'

Mr Dowdeswell-Allaway is also a singer-songwriter, singing about growing up in Norfolk and his life stories. He will be playing the guitar under the stage name DD-A.

George Cheetham. Picture: Submitted

George Cheetham. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

He was able to gather the group of musicians after performing with them at varying stages of their careers and through social contacts in Norwich's music scene.

'It's going to be a great night, all those performing have a big following and it will be an evening of varied music.

'If I can get £200 that would be amazing, it's not a great big figure, it's not going to change the world but it will be able to buy shampoo and give them something to shower and clean with,' he added.

Tickets are £4 on the door with concessions £2. The gig will start at 7.30pm. To donate click here.Future radio host Richard Penguin creates acoustic showcase

Tesla Jets. Picture: Submitted

Tesla Jets. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The host of Future Radio's Acoustic and Eclectic show Richard Penguin has organised a new musical showcase that will highlight unique bands and artists from across Norfolk.

Eclectic will feature up to 15 original acts performing their own material.

Starting on Saturday, June 10 at Gringos Mexican Tequila Bar, the night will feature Mr Penguin's band, Penguins go pop, who write quirky and humorous stories.

Also performing on the night will be Tres Pantalons, described as 'post funk' by BBC Introducing, and the Rain Valley People who have featured on Tom Ravenscroft's recommendations on BBC Radio 6 Music.

The shows will run on the second Saturday of every month, changing venue each month. In July it will be at The Cottage in Silver Road and in August at the Garden House in Pembroke Road.

The showcase will run from 8pm until 11pm with tickets £2 on the door.

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