Bands join forces to fundraise for festival

Local bands playing at Marehay Miners Welfare to raise money for the Ripley music festival and the Made Project. Pictured back l-r is Mick Wilson Secretary of Ripley Music Festival, Nick Mcann, Alison Pedley, Bruce Swanwick who originally came up with the idea, John Doherty. Front l-r is Danny Charlesworth, Emma Leivers and Tom Martin.
Local bands playing at Marehay Miners Welfare to raise money for the Ripley music festival and the Made Project. Pictured back l-r is Mick Wilson Secretary of Ripley Music Festival, Nick Mcann, Alison Pedley, Bruce Swanwick who originally came up with the idea, John Doherty. Front l-r is Danny Charlesworth, Emma Leivers and Tom Martin.
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Town bands and singers got together to perform at a day-long concert to raise funds for charity.

The event held at Marehay Miners Welfare Club, Derby Road, was to raise money for next year’s Ripley Music Festival and charity the Made Project.

The first part of the event ran from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday, November 1. Local acts included Saxondale, Amy Key, Soopa Group, Emma Lievers, John Doherty and Chilled Touch.

The second part of the event kicked off in the evening. There were performances from singer-songwriter Chris Bannister, who paid tribute to the late John Denver in his live show. He played all of his greatest songs, including Annie’s Song, Rocky Mountain High, Back Home Again and Leavin’ on a Jet Plane – which was a real hit with the revellers dancing and singing along.

There was also a guest appearance from Barney 
Rubblez, the trio of brothers who also played at the town’s annual music festival this summer.

The music festival, which was founded in 1999, costs £10,000 to run each year and is funded by this type of event.

Organiser of the fundraising day at Marehay Club Councillor Mick Wilson hailed the event a huge success.