Monday, 20 May 2013

The Fine Line Project - Charity Concert

The Fine Line Project was set up by a dedicated group of marketing, design, arts and music professionals to provide an online space to support fundraising and awareness for mental health care. and is based in the UK, US, Germany and France.

They organise regular fundraisers in the UK at The Troubadour Club in London but the Southampton Soul Cellar gig is their first foray further South.  They're also in the process of working on something North of the Watford Gap (hopefully Manchester or Liverpool) for later in the year and another Troubadour collaboration is in the pipeline.

In the UK they organise a charity fundraising concert every year in Southampton's Soul Cellar, with an outstandingly talented array of entertainers giving up their time to entertain the gig goers - and this year is no exception.

The fundraising gig will be in aid of Rethink, who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. They started out as the National Schizophrenia Fellowship, operating at a time when conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar (then know as manic depression), were barely spoken about. 

Anyone diagnosed with or caring for someone affected by these wide ranging and often debilitating conditions was almost utterly bereft of any support, let alone information. Thanks to the work of Rethink, and that of a few other pioneering charities including SANE (the beneficiaries of another of our ongoing campaigns), times have changed.

The headliners on June 8th at the Soul Cellar will be Noah Francis Johnson and Where's Strutter alongside performances from Charlotte Campbell and Mog Stanley.

Noah Francis Johnson was born in Tiger Bay where his mother’s love of Bob Dylan and Sam Cooke taught him to be lyrical and his father taught him stagecraft and developed his voice.  His early career saw him sing and jokedhis way through working men's clubs, laterly he's sung along side Slayer,Lenny Kravitz and Gil Scott Heron and as he says - "Performing in the moment is my most authentic and honest account of myself" - and that along with his strong soulful vocals is exactly what he'll bring to  the Soul Cellar for the Fine Line concert.

Where's Strutter?
Where's Strutter from Manchester were recently 'Tipped For The Top' when they featured on the St Pauls Lifestyle website recently.  The four piece comprising Paddy - Guitar/Vocals, Broady - Drums, Danny - Lead Guitar and Leach - Bass have made a lasting impact in the first years of their career. Their gigs are never shy of high octane performances and eclectic diversity. 

Their music is a driving force, finding acute satisfaction in extreme dynamics and wavy euphonious guitar sounds. From subtle tranquillity to fierce and loud in an instance their energy on stage and on record will always pack a punch.

Charlotte Campbell is a 23 year old singer/songwriter with a quirky folk-pop style.  She's been singing since before she can remember and began playing guitar at 15.  As well as her confident performance ability, she's also a strong song-writer and has been composing her own material from her mid-teens.

Charlotte Campbell has performed at Glastonbury Festival 2008, Camden Roundhouse and many other well-known venues across the country. BBC Radio 2's Howard Goodall featured her on his 'class acts' programme (17 October 08) as one of the latest crop of superb talent from The Brit School. In 2012 she was also a winner in the Mayor of London Presents "Gigs" competition, in which she played at many prestigious olympic venues. 

Smooth Indie Blues singer songwriter from Preston Mog Stanley comes armed with guitars and a homemade percussion toe tapping shoe box thing.   Mog Stanley has been playing as a solo alternative blues artist for the last eighteen months.  Playing up and down the country and just as recently as March 2013, has played a couple of shows in France as part of a the Beauvais Blues Festival.  

He's building up a reputation for catchy, primal style blues and giving it a unique slant. He's also starting to build up a good catalogue of songs, as well as developing a confident stage presence.  Currently Mog is in the process of writing and recording his 'as yet untitled' debut album following on from a very positive response to previous releases.

You can in touch with The Fine Line Project wherever you are, they welcome a collaborative and global approach with a focus on the creative.  They all have day jobs, so time is limited and it may take them a while to get back to you but between them they speak English (mostly), French, German and Spanish.

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