Downham Market musician’s night in memory of brother Billy

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A Downham musician is holding a charity live band night at the town hall to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of his brother, who died of the disease.

Shane Buchan, 43, chose to support the charity after his brother, William, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given just six months to live.

He said: “Billy was quite a character in Downham but one day he just woke up yellow from head to toe.

“He was rushed to hospital where they gave him six months to live and pretty much on the dot six months later he was dead.

“It was a real shock for the family and I have recently lost a couple of close family friends to cancer as well, so choosing to support Macmillan was a no-brainer.

“I know the fantastic work they do in allowing someone to have their last days at home with their loved ones.”

The live band night will feature a performance from Shane’s own band, The Buccaneers, which is also made up of his 15-year-old daughter, Daisy, and his friend, Simon.

The band play a variety of old and new covers with everything from Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton to Katy B, Paloma Faith and Mumford and Sons.

Shane said: “My band, The Buccaneers, has really picked up in the last year and the Town Hall is such a lovely venue that often sits empty.

“I’d been thinking about organising this for a while and just felt it was the right time.”

Also playing are Lynn band, Chest of Pogs, who play a variety of covers including The Rolling Stones, Blur, T Rex and The Vamps. And Mod Coustic, who play a variety of mod/ska covers like Small Faces, Madness and Paul Weller.

Tickets are selling fast, with half gone already, but Shane is still hoping the concert will be a sell-out success and will help hit his target of £700 for Macmillan.

He said: “It should be a good night, I’m looking forwared to it and hopefully we sell out. We’ll also be collecting on the night.”

The concert takes place on Saturday, April 19, from 7pm, at Downham Town Hall.

Tickets for the event cost £5 and are available from Lewks Music and Movies in Wales Court, or Denver’s The Bell Inn.