THERE’S just ten days to go until music legend Gerry Marsden performs in Emley.
The Liverpudlian, frontman of Gerry and the Pacemakers, is to host a night of music and questions at the village church as part of big fundraising concert.
Money raised from the three day event from Friday June 21, will go to the church’s bell tower restoration project.
The gig has been organised by villager Guy Loveridge, who is friends with Gerry, having met him at a motorsport event in China.
The event is also special for Gerry, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his triple chart topping success.
More additions to the line-up have now been added.
The Evening with Gerry on Saturday June 22 will also include Tony Young, keyboard player from the Pacemakers for 14 years.
A few tickets are still remaining. There are also still tickets for the Folky Friday and Simply Sunday. Anyone who buys all three in advance gets a discount.
Two unique items of rock memorabilia have also been arranged for a raffle – a drum skin signed by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and an acoustic guitar, which will be signed by all the performers throughout the three-day festival, including Gerry.
The official Borough of Kirklees organist Gordon Stewart has now joined the impressive line-up and will be playing a range of recitals as diverse as Bach’s Toccata in Fugue in D Minor and March on Ilkley Moor.
Gordon recently starred on Radio 2’s Organist Entertains.
The line-up of the festival will run as follows:
4pm – music workshop for children led by folk singer Lorelei Loveridge and musician Heather Greenbank
7.30 pm Doors open with music starting at 8pm – Folky Friday with Zoë Mulford followed by Lorelei Loveridge & Heather Greenbank.
2 – 4pm “Everyone Can sing in a Choir” Vocal workshop with Far Out Theatre Company - Open to everyone!
7.30 doors open followed at 8pm by – An Evening with Gerry Marsden including questions and answers, interview and plenty of memorable song performances
Sunday June 23:
2 – 4pm Simply Sunday Classical Recital by guitarist Rob Scorah followed by an organ recital by Gordon Stewart
Festival goers will all get a free half of real ale courtesy of the Old Pie Factory Brewery in Warwick.
An Evening with Gerry costs £20, Folky Friday and Simply Sunday each cost £15 – but if you buy an advance ticket for the full three days, it will cost £45, a saving of £5 on the total.
The price includes a glass of wine or beer and refreshments can be bought on each evening.
All profits from the event will go towards the church’s tower fund to make the tower safe for future generations.
English Heritage will match fund £5,000 raised by the parish.
Buy your tickets from Guy on 01924 848418 or email: email@example.com.