Don’t miss: Sunderland charity gig on Friday the 13th showcasing local talent and raising money for a great cause!
This week has seen many of Sunderland’s businesses join together in a 5 day effort to raise money for UNICEF’S winter appeal to provide humanitarian aid to children and families affected by the crisis in Syria.
Friday’s impressive line-up will feature home-grown talent from the likes of Field Music, YUMA, The Cornshed Sisters and Joe Collins in what is sure to be an excellent showcase of the region’s outstanding musical side.
YUMA were keen to share their support for the event: “As a band we have a history of doing a lot for charity as we feel that when you have a platform such as that you should use it to do good.”
The bluesy folk duo, who have several other initiatives under their belt including raising money for PDSA and cancer research, also run a project called ‘YUMA Presents’ which helps promote local musicians.
“We think music is a great way of connecting people as it naturally draws like-minded people together, so when it is used in this way to focus attention on an issue such as Syria it can be a powerful tool. We hope the week is successful and are happy to be playing a part in it.”
Information on the next ‘YUMA Presents’ event can be found here and takes place on the 29th of January hosted by the new and improved pub venue The Tipsy Cow.
Peter from Field Music also said: “This is a cause we feel very strongly about. We're appalled at what's happening in Syria and how it's affecting the lives of Syrian children. David and I are both parents and to see innocent kids just like ours losing everything: their homes, their families and often their lives, is really upsetting. It feels like there's no choice but to try and help even if it's just in some small way.”
The Duo, who are fresh off the back of playing in Manchester and London late last year, are also gearing up to record a live soundtrack to Esther Johnson’s film ‘Asunder’ on the 12th of February which explores the effects of the First World War on the North East. Avid supporters of Sunderland’s bid for the City of Culture award in 2021 and believers in the people power of Sunderland, Peter added: “It'd be great if we can raise a heap of money to help UNICEF do their vital and life-saving work for Syrian families affected by the war.”
To find out more information about the event and book your tickets visit this link: http://www.independentsunderland.com/whats-on/events/13-jan-17-field-music-lilliput-yuma-sunderland-minster/
Links: Full image credits:
Field Music picture (the one with the man on the mic): Greg Hughes at www.greghughes.tv
YUMA picture (the one with the woman on the mic): Jack Lawrence at https://www.facebook.com/sliceoflifepics/