Seven Songs in Sonning – 25th November.

Remember Pearson Hall last November? On that chilly evening, when a bunch of amateur musicians – some good, some remarkable and some drunk – got up and played to raise donations for the Alzheimer’s Society? The food was a gastronome’s dream, some say the best ever served in Berkshire, and the drinks were all your favourites.

On November 25th we’re doing it again

‘Really?’ I hear you ask – ‘Didn’t you only just pull it off last year? We had a lovely evening but come on Davie, quit while you’re ahead!’

Nope – we’re going to do it again; it was fun, it was embarrassing, it was joyful and we raised 1300 quid for dementia.

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The Joy of Friends

I’m always surprised how good my friends are to me – it’s not easy hanging out with a bloke who is continually agitating to sing in your living room. Of course, I’d like to think I’m a blessing but recognise I’m probably more down at the ‘trouble’ end of the friend scale.John-Nolan

Take Seven Songs, even when you commit to inviting me to perform in your home you then, have to, actually, listen to me sing – and it doesn’t stop there, the misery continues when I tell all about the awfulness of dementia and how it effects individuals and families. The problem I’ve created with Seven Songs is you can’t just throw some money in a tin and wander off and mind your own business; you’ve got to engage right up until the point you get to give (and that’s only of you want to); frankly it’s exhausting if you’re part of the audience.

NB : Seven Songs performs live music in peoples living rooms (gardens, kitchens, pubs and cafes) and collects for dementia charities instead of charging performance fees… have a listen to Seven Songs on BBC Radio Sheffield. Continue reading