A Christmas Woo Raises £1,644.20 for St Richards Hospice!
In what was an incredible Sunday night of live music and seasonal merriment we absolutely smashed our fundraising target at the Marrs Bar thanks to a full house, our sponsors - Lowes Garage and the Marrs bar for hosting the event and running the sound.
The night started with a queue outside the Marrs bar with lots of very prompt supporters wanting to see all of the great musicians on the bill. Ruben Seabright kicked off the acoustic part of the evening off with his awesome mix of grunge classics and some really well written tunes, finishing with his fantastic ode to a local celebrity publican, Mad Pierre.
Kringo Blue was up next and thanks to the brotherhood of Worcester musicians managed to get his guitar picked up from another City centre pub (where it was previously locked in) just in time! Kringo was awesome with his fantastic finger plucking and velvet-smooth vocals and we particularly enjoyed his fantastic creation; Heart and Soul and his later combination with Jake Marsh on harmonica. Just as Kringo finished we got an immediate cameo appearance from his mate who now resides in Finland, Stephen L Wright aka Nobby, and what a cameo it was - a superb Irish tune played with great skill and we hope to see Nobby play again very soon!
Immy and the Boatman rounded off the acoustic session and despite some now very well-watered customers they transfixed the crowd with absolutely stunning vocals and fine combinations of originals and covers as you have never heard before, it was a beautiful set from Floyd to Massive Attack and even included a Fairport Convention number which was fantastic
Next up we were joined by special guests Junction 7 who raised the roof with their high energy covers and incredible vocals - wow Jess can really belt them out - it was a fantastic performance and really grateful that the guys could join us at such late notice as special guests.
The start of the next set was an unexpected visual delight as Chimp on a Bike entered the stage dressed as an extremely round Santa, Olaf the lead-guitar snowman and 2 fetching elves much to the amusement of our resident compere Spencer Lowe. However if there was ever such an example as “don’t judge a book by its cover” then this was certainly it - the boys smashed it playing a fantastic rock-filled slot with a particular highlight being their version of Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell.
No sooner had Chimp on a Bike finished the gaffer himself Brian Maher (Marzy) entered the stage with Junction 7’s lead singer Jess to treat us to a cracking version of the Pogue's Fairy-tale of New York complete with authentic Irish accents and a huge amount of audience participation. It is officially the start of Christmas when Marzy plays that one.
Finally, one of Woo Fest’s biggest supporters, Arcadia Roots (minus Tom - we missed you mate) treated us to an incredible set of now well-known Arcadia tracks, the odd bit of Bob Marley and some new tracks from their upcoming album. The dancefloor was packed and Arcadia wowed the crowd with their usual trance rhythms, meaningful lyrics and exceptional musicianship
All-in-all a phenomenal night with so many talented people playing to help raise money for St Richards via Woo Fest and a fantastic bunch of customers that any venue would be happy to host.
For the first time in 2018 we decided to host a warm up event and were lucky to be supported by 4 incredible acts (Chewie, Arcadia Roots, Chimp on a Bike and Loose Lips) compered by the formidable Spencer Lowe.
All acts kindly played for free to help us raise money for the main Woo Fest.
The night was a roaring success as people tossed away any token “dry Januarys” and really made the most of the party atmosphere at a sell-out Marrs bar.
Thanks to everyone’s support we made over £1,200 on the evening which was a major factor in Woo Fest raising a record £12,461 in the summer
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