West Norfolk’s very own Jake Morrell will be heading to the Arts Centre in Norwich on Saturday for a special charity show.
And during the gig he will be joined on stage by local favourites Addison’s Uncle and Kingdom Keys.
The gig is in aid of Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign, which focuses on vulnerable girls in developing countries at risk of violence, FGM, child marriage, poor sanitation, lack of education and poverty.
Emma Lord who, with Chloe Hamer, is the brainchild behind the event, as well as being the partner of Jake Morell’s drummer, told me: “My friend Chloe and I feel strongly about this cause.
“We believe that inequality to this level needs addressing and we want to spread awareness of this campaign while raising money so that they can continue their great work.
“So far, we’ve held a bake sale and charity busk to raise money to pay for the venue, so that money made on ticket sales can go directly towards the cause.
“I’m currently arranging another date in early January for Chloe and I to book a stall at The Forum in Norwich, so that we can talk to the public about the cause and sell a few more tickets.”
I also managed to pin Jake down for a few minutes outside his busy schedule, and he explained a little about how he came to be involved:
“We came to be involved with the show due to myself and Lewis Jenkins (drums) went to high school with Chloe Hamer and Emma Lord who are organising the event.
“They’ve been great supporters ever since we started out on our musical journey several years ago and very kindly asked if we would play. Of course we said yes! It’s going to be a great night, supporting a fantastic cause, with three local bands who are all making their mark on the Norfolk/UK scene.”
Jake decided that he’d like to invite some friends along to play, so he contacted local favourites Addison’s Uncle and Kingdom Keys.
Danny, from Kingdom Keys, was a little excited about the show and commented: “When we were contacted about playing for Plan Charity at the Art Centre our first thought was ‘Sweet! We all love that venue!’ Then we looked a little deeper and this couldn’t be a more worthwhile cause!
“They work in over 60 countries and fight to prevent child poverty and violence and I think we can all agree that this needs to stop. It’s great to be asked and even better to be able to do our bit in what will be our first show of 2016.
“Let’s start the New Year off with a bang and help a worthwhile cause in the process with our good friends in Addison’s Uncle and Jake Morrell.”
Aaren, from Addison’s Uncle, added: “We’re all really looking forward to this concert. It’s a great charity and for a great cause, they do a lot of work with children in poverty and providing them with the education and skills to pave a way for their own life, everybody deserves that. Jake asked us back in September to play alongside them and Kingdom Keys, both incredible and diverse bands, and it’s a real privilege to be playing alongside them.
“We also love playing at the Arts Centre, which was sold out when we played our last show there in January 2015. It would be great to do it again!”
Tickets are available from the Arts Centre’s website, and are priced at £7.50 in advance, and £9 on the door.
For more details on Plan International and what they do, you can find them using this web address http://www.plan-uk.org/because-i-am-a-girl/
If you’re interested in donating to the charity, you can do so through the Just Giving page set up by Emma, and Chloe here http://www.justgiving.com/becauseiamagirlcampaign