A Scarborough venue will next month reunite two musicians for the first time since 1978 as part of a benefit gig for a health charity.
The Unruly Alliance has been organised at Vivaz by Scarborough bassist Kevin Allen after his daughter Jodie underwent a successful double organ transplant in June.
It will be on Saturday, October 6, and when former bandmates heard – Kevin played with The Stukas and Blast Furnace and the Heatwaves during the late-1970s – they dropped everything to travel to Scarborough to take part.
Kevin said it would be the first time he had performed with Raggy Lewis since their time in The Stukas. “A lot of the music business people had been really supportive and that started me thinking we can do something,” he added.
Blast Furnace guitarist Andy Eastwood will be travelling all the way from his home in Australia to take part with harmonica player Skid Stuart who completely rearranged previous work commitments in New York to make sure he would be there.
Kevin said: “I’m lucky enough to have a good number of mates who’ve agreed to drop what they’re doing so that they can fly, drive, bus or walk to Scarborough to take part in this impulsively planned extravaganza.”
The evening promises a number of other faces from the pub rock, punk, blues scene of late-1970s and the set-list features a range of songs from bands they played with.
Kevin said that everyone is doing it for free and all funds raised will be donated to the The Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association because they were so helpful during Jodie’s stay at the specialist Newcastle hospital.
Equipment for the event has been supplied free by Phil Booth of Guitar Galleries. Kevin said: “He’s been a big help.”