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Thanks for coming to check out my set! Had the best time ever! #gmf15 @gibmusicfest

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Let's do it again!! #gmf15

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The #CouchSurfTour in an #Instashell

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I’m sorry I’ve not got round to updating about this until now! The last couple of weeks have been super busy and with the Gibraltar Music Festival performance and the prep for that, I’ve not managed to sit down in front of the computer and write a proper update! It has however been a really fun couple of weeks!

Anyways, the main news here is that the CST charity gigathon raised over £3k for Cancer Research! A massive thank you to everyone who donated at the beaches and online, the support has been truly overwhelming. It wouldn’t have been possible without the team of volunteers that helped out in the run up to, and on the day of the event as well as the Royal Gibraltar Police who made sure the officers on duty at the beaches helped us get the van in to position safely at each location. Some officers even helped blow up the balloons! Also, a thank you to the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation and Gibraltar Chronicle as well as other local press and media for plugging the event and PRS for Music for supporting the event.

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We did it all in 6.5 hours with my vocal chords making it through in one piece. 🙂 This was 30mins over the target but due to not being able to get the van down to Sandy Bay (1st location) as the hill was very steep and with the grip on the road being worn, we had to walk all of the gear down to the beach. Also, manoeuvring the van in to position at Camp Bay (5th location) took some time but it was a bonus, as we managed to get right amongst the beach goers. We smashed the fundraising target (£1,500) by more than double! So many locals came to the beaches prepped for our arrival calling members of the collection team over to their beach umbrellas to give a donation. One of the kiosks at Eastern Beach donated £100! Even after the event, I had people stopping me in the street writing out cheques to Cancer Research UK!

The audiovisual master that is Colin Pons followed us around all day with a camera and a number of Go-Pros stuck on the van and on the back of his moped. He’s edited together an amazing 4min piece of the event (above) so check it out! James Culatto also joined us on route  taking all the photos of the event. Below is a slideshow of some of the shots he took. You should all follow his blog if you are not already by clicking on his name! Big thanks to Colin and James for taking the time to do this as well as Ben Lynch for hosting each session! You can listen to Ben host the breakfast show on Radio Gibraltar every weekday morning. Thanks to technology, I do from London 🙂

So, I hope you enjoy the photos and the video and all that’s left to say is a massive THANK YOU once again for the support!!

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On sunday 25th August, I’m going to be undertaking a charity mini tour “gigathon” around 6 beach locations in Gibraltar travelling in a Type 2 VW camper van plaing a “CouchSurf” style 30mins set of live music at each. The aim is to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK. With the help of a crew of volunteers helping with the logistics, I am looking to complete the whole gigathon in around 6 hours. The event is supported by PRS for Music.

Aside from having a collection team of volunteers at each location collecting donations, for those not in Gibraltar or those who are but won’t be at any of the beaches and want to support this very worthy cause, I have set up a Just Giving page for online donations. If you would like to donate, please click HERE or click on the camper van above!

One day research will beat cancer, please donate to help make it sooner.

Many thanks for your support! I’ll keep you posted on how it goes! 🙂

I’ve been confirmed to play at the Gibraltar Music Festival 2013 on 7th September! I’ll be playing on the Radio Gibraltar Stage at around 17:00. It’s always going to be really exciting to get to be on the same bill as any current international act, but to be asked to do this in my hometown, sharing the bill with so many household names makes it so much better!

The festival is headlined by the incredible Emeli Sandé. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her in the past and I can’t think of a better headliner for this festival. Everyone who comes to GMF 2013 is in for an absolute treat! Hope to catch you for my set at the Radio Gibraltar Stage on the 7th September, come say hello!

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The “Concert for Sheelagh” in memory of Mum and in aid of the Busoga Trust was a great success. Massive thank you to everyone who came and also those who have donated. The King’s Chapel Singers  led by Wayne Smith were nothing short of excellent and gave me goose bumps. Andrea Simpson blew everyone’s socks and toupees off! Together with my bro and sister, it was amazing to be part of what was a great tribute to Mum.  We had a full house on the night and the grand total including donations now stands at £3,256! The money will go towards Busoga Trust which builds wells for safe drinking water in Africa, “Sheelagh’s Well” will be built in no time! Thanks again to everyone who made it such a great night and especially to Wayne Smith who was the brains behind the operation!

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This Friday, 28th June I’ll be playing in Gibraltar at The King’s Chapel Singers concert as part of a musical fundraiser in memory of my mum and in aid of Busoga Trust which is a great charity providing water, sanitation and hygiene in Uganda. My mum formed part of the choir and had a lot of favourite songs that she really enjoyed singing, many of which will be performed on the night. The fantastic Andrea Simpson will be performing some numbers too!

Tickets are ON SALE NOW from Imperial Newsagency (291 Main Street, Gibraltar) for £10. If you are in Gibraltar this Friday, hope to see you there! If you can’t make it and would still like to donate, I’ll post up a link for online donations on the Facebook event page shortly.