Chatburn Our Big Gig 2013

DSC09557As everyone may or may not know, I was born in the sunny seaside town of Hartlepool. However over the past decade my home has been the quiet village of Chatburn at the foot of the Pendle Hill. A hill that is steeped in history with witches and whatnot. Last year I was approached by a company called Superact who were hosting events nationwide in conjunction with the end of the Olympics. We held it on our playing fields up the road and it was a great day with about 400 people enjoying some music and laughter. So when they approached me this year to get involved with their Our Big Gig project. It seemed the natural thing to organise another musical extravaganza in our little Lancashire hide away. We aimed to have the same as last year and maybe a few extra’s like a bar and some scran. We managed this yesterday (14th of July) and more with over 650 people enjoying great live music from some of Lancashire’s finest bands. Sara Creeney Alex and Ally, where sublime. Paul Tierney a gem of a performer who rattled off tune an after tune of toe tapping madness. We gave a set of our usual Folky fun and the day was rounded off by the Sublime Troubadour, who in my opinion are one of the best bands around full stop. They have such a catalogue of melodic tunes that have real depth and soul. They hold an audience with a slow number then blow them away with a rousing pop anthem. It really was a joy to watch. As a village music of this quality and also in this format is a rarity and so too get involved with an organisation that brings music to all corners of the country really does help build that rare thing in modern society. Community! Maybe Mr Cameron and Co should stop talking shite about uniting a nation and look to organisations who employ a historically unifying force like music that transcends public opinion and newspaper columns. Rather it unites and equalises people who are rich with people who have nothing. We all have a voice and we all have a song in us. It was a joy to see so many people on Sunday ¬†arrive as strangers and leave as friends. Who made it happen? I say it was Superact and Music with a little help of a stunning setting and some welcome sunshine…….. oh and me of course!!Mike and meJtcAaDSC09580Crowd1DSC09589

Author: Andy Oliver

I hail from a little town in the north east of England called Hartlepool, famed for its monkey hanging past and its friendly folk. I have been making music over the past few years and have had a fair amount of success, since packing in the demon drink. Its this battle that has been helped by music and by the people who have stood by me. I am forever grateful for their support and I hope you see something in my music, that they have!