Lindisfarne Legend to Open Fundraiser

billymitchellGREAT NEWS… Billy Mitchell, former front man with North East folk rock Goliaths Lindisfarne, is to be the special guest at my Dyslexia North East fundraiser on April 1st at The Cluny2 in Newcastle. Billy has once again given his time to help raise funds for this local charity.

The multi talented entertainer will open the night with a tune or two before the rest of the music gets underway; Hannah Lamb, Acoustic Whodlums, The Purest Green and The Middens. I’ll be keeping the whole thing going with a comedy tune or two and maybe a guest spot or two with a couple of the bands. We may yet manage to get another special guest. Watch this space. TICKETS


Achris_crosslso just added to the bill is multi award winning lanky local masterful magician Chris Cross, he’ll be doing some close-up magic in the bar and a stage trick between two of the music sets. Nothing is old hat here – he’s fresh, funny & fast. Remarkable sleight of hand and mesmerising tricks.


soul_webAmongst the many items that will be auctioned on the night are a set of framed photographs kindly donated by Ian Woodcock. Very fitting for a night with so many mod connections, his fantastic photos are of Northern Soul dancers, getting the funk right out of their faces, and nearly kicking their own teeth out in the process.

SMALL_FACESSMALL FACES EXCLUSIVE… There is also an official Small Faces T-Shirt signed by Kenny Jones. I shall be bidding on this one myself.

Very generously donated by Lee Major.


Dyslexia Benefit Line-up News

North Shield’s own young faces The Middens have added the services of their ‘New Mod’ sounds to Simon’s Dyslexia North East fundraiser at The Cluny on 1st April, joining a line-up already featuring The Purest Green, Acoustic Whodlums, Hannah Lamb plus a guest or two, all hosted by Simon himself.

The Middens take influences from bands and artists spanning five decades.  For their sound, think Libertines meet The Clash with a hint of Who.  They write and play way beyond their teenage years and are now being recognised for their vibrant and energetic live shows with a growing fan base. Click on the photo above to hear and see this vibrant little outfit doing their thing.

All of this cracking entertainment for just five of your quids. Tickets HERE

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Cluny Tunes for Dyslexia North East


Simon is to dip his multi-talentless toes into the world of music when he appears as host, MC and musician at a night of maximum rhythm and booze to raise funds for Dyslexia North East, the charity of what he is proud to be patron of, and that. He’ll be knocking out a couple of his ‘comedy’ tunes and also joining the musicians for some well known songs to get the first weekend in April properly kicked off. At The Cluny 2, one of the north east’s greatest live music venues, the night features some amazing local talent in the form of Northumberland power pop trio The Purest Green, Whitley Bay’s phenomenal acousticAcoustic Whodlums (remarkably a Who tribute act with Roger Daltrey’s seal of approval) and Alnwick’s finest young talent, singer songwriter Hannah Lamb. There will also be guest appearances by some of Simon’s ‘friends’ from the world of ‘show-business’ and a great silent auction for goods and services provided to help raise funds for DNE, with some top banana prizes set to auctioned. All of this cracking entertainment for just five of your quids. Tickets HERE

More about the acts featured in the links below.

The WhodlumsFacebook Page

The Whodlums with Steve Cradock

The Purest GreenFacebook page

The Purest GreenWatching the Detectives

Hannah Lamb on YouTube

Simon Donald sings at the 100 Club