Yesterday, 20th Oct was the MACS Charity event at Bar Unique in Arboleas. The bad weather hitting spain meant that the event had to be held inside, but with Hannah Bingley running the event it was still a roaring success. It takes a lot to organise and run such a big event .. and she did it with style.
The event kicked off with Katy McAndrew .. a very talented young lady, discovered by Bobby Gray, Smooth FM DJ, who spotted her on a viral FB video. It was her first public gig and all I can say is goosebumps. They were all up and down my spine as well. Just an amazing voice, presence and cooling on guitar. We will all be hearing her in the future .. she's ready now for the big time; and talking about big time we've booked her for the Big MACS 5 event on Feb 10th at Hostal Rural in Turre.
Jill Farmiloe was up next. One of the biggest solo artist around but she still took the time to donate her time, her voice and support for such a worthwhile charity event. Haven't seen her do a solo set for a while and was reminded of what a talented vocalist she is. Her version of "Liquid Lunch' is superb. The audience were soon up dancing. Follow her on our Gig Guide .. you will enjoy her set.
The next artist up was Bryony Harrison. We first met her when she appeared on Almanzora got talent, and as one of the judges, I can say that she was the clear winner. Since then she has grown in confidence and voice and what a voice; powerful and soulful .. another artist booked for Big MACS 5. Her rendition of "It's a man world" is one I'd like her to do with The Blues Club one day. Three very talented ladies singing at the same event and an equally talented lady running it.
The raffle was another highlight .. so many prizes donated by local business .. a great community spirit exists in Albox and Arboleas. Compared by Jack Savage from Smooth FM. The Smooth FM DJs, Ricky Cross, Bobby Gray (great waistcoat), Tony Nash and Steven Sankey, et al, were all in attendance and what a fun lot. They all joined in and made it a really good time for all of us. Their time and effort all added to the community feel around the event. Nice guys as well.
Shannnon Kay Edwards was up next to talk about Mojacar Area Cancer Support which was created by her Grandmother Elaine Kay Brown, and about her plans to build a hospice in her Grandmothers name. For those who knew Elaine there wasn't a dry eye in the audience.
The auction of a Les Paul style guitar donated by members of "The Blues Club" was between 5 bidders who pushed the the bid up to 350€. A big thanks to all.
The Blues Club was up next with Bongo Bob on drums, Larry (Laurence Mc Gauly) on Bass, Danny Farringdon, Brian Foster, Jon Stack and Herman Primus on Guitar. As a band we are still learning and growing. Our set is dependent on who is available and the crowd were blues fans so it all went well and we certainly enjoyed it. At the end we got Bryony up to join us and needless to say the crowd loved her ..
Hopefully we can do it all again next year for such a worthwhile cause, and over 1600€ was raised .. big hand for all involved