Music shop strikes a chord with donation

Charity Gig'Blast Furnace and the Heatwaves and Stukas bass player Kevin Allen,left with Phil Booth of Guitar Galleries who is providing equipment for the chariy gig in aid of The Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association.'Picture by Neil Silk  123809'17/09/12
Charity Gig'Blast Furnace and the Heatwaves and Stukas bass player Kevin Allen,left with Phil Booth of Guitar Galleries who is providing equipment for the chariy gig in aid of The Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association.'Picture by Neil Silk 123809'17/09/12

A Scarborough music shop is helping a good cause by donating equipment and instruments for a fundraising gig next month.

Phil Booth, who runs Guitar Galleries in Bar Street, said he wanted to help because, as well as raising money for The Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association, the event would also raise awareness of the importance of signing up for the organ donor register.

The event was organised by Scarborough-based musician Kevin Allen after his daughter, Jodie, underwent a successful double organ transplant operation at the north eastern hospital and it will feature a number of his former bandmates.

Phil said: “Kevin had been coming in on a number of occasions and he mentioned it. I said ‘if there’s anything I can do’. It just came from there.

“We’ve got a lot of things in common, such as music, and I will offer anything I can to support the cause.”

Kevin said Phil had been a big help in providing equipment and expertise – in particular by providing instruments for musicians who are travelling from as far away as Australia to take part.

He added that there had been a lot of interest in the gig – particularly by word-of-mouth. “We couldn’t have done this without Phil. He has just done loads for us – not just the offer of gear but also helping out with people,” he said.

“He’s just been really supportive. With people coming from so far they are not going to be able to transport their own instruments.”

The Unruly Alliance will be at Vivaz on Saturday, October 6, from 9pm.

It will also be the first time in 34 years that Kevin – who played bass with both The Stukas and Blast Furnace and the Heatwaves – has performed with fellow bandmate Raggy Lewis.

Blast Furnace guitarist Andy Eastwood, who has travelled all the way from his home in Australia to take part, said he was looking forward to the night.

He said: “I always look forward to playing with Kevin. It’s surprising the amount of interest that Kevin has been able to get.”

Andy added that it was also for a good cause and it was a chance to “give something back” for the good work carried out by surgeons at the hospital.

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.

Blast Furnace first reformed in 2010 for a one-off gig in Scarborough. They also played further dates in London last year.