When you think about venues in Lynn that host live music, the usual suspects always come to mind, so a charity concert being held at Springwood High School was something a little out of the ordinary, writes Jon Seymour.
James Veck-Gilodi of Deaf Havana was the headliner, and the event was in aid of West Norfolk MIND.
First up, whoever was in charge of the sound system in the hall knew exactly what they were doing. There were no areas in the room where some parts of the sound were lost, and the sound was so rich and warm.
Taking the stage to start the evening off was Harrison Stanford, a last minute change to the advertised billing. Those of you familiar with Jimmy Rockit will already know Harrison, but for those that aren’t, if you get the chance to see him in an acoustic setting, you should definitely take it. He managed to hold the audience captive for the entire set.
Common Youth are another exciting local band. The 2014 Battle of the Bands finalists were resting half of the band members this evening, with just Adam Tucker, Ed Skerry and Dan Dobbie performing an acoustic set. They didn’t disappoint either. Adam’s vocals are powerful, and the additional guitar and percussion weren’t overdone. It was a very understated set, with just the right amount of everything to work beautifully.
It needn’t be said how good James Veck-Gilodi is when it comes to singing, but suffice to say his performance was mesmerising. James is the patron of the charity, and supports it due to personal experience, and hopes to help people find the support and care that he didn’t receive when he was in the same position.
The event was well attended, and all in all a resounding success, and considering that James has to battle his personal demons every time he has to get up on stage, you can only have profound respect for him and everything he does.