What We Do

We aim to enrich the lives of children and young people with life limiting conditions in hospices through the creative, performing and literary Arts, enabling individual expression, creativity and communication.

We believe that the Arts can benefit a wide-spectrum of disorders, diseases and disabilities and may help reduce pain, anxiety, and tension which seriously ill or disabled children may experience .

We recognize that families may also derive great benefit from the Arts and aim to provide sessions with their children and events arranged especially for parents, carers and siblings of children in hospices. Caring for a child with a life-limiting or progressive condition can be demanding and stressful; involvement in the Arts may also improve the quality of life of their families by helping people improve their mental, emotional, and even physical well-being.

In addition to our volunteer teams, we work with Arts professionals, developing contacts with individuals and organizations who can help us to bring the Arts to hospices. We support art and music therapists and artists in residence by identifying areas where we can help; our volunteers may work closely with them in arts, crafts, music and drama sessions.

To find out more about our work,please return to the Home page and click on the buttons for the various Arts, which will take you to dedicated pages for each discipline. Page Top

Who We Are

chART Children’s Hospice Arts is a small charity, (registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, number 1161729). It is governed by a board of trustees who ensure that chART is administered effectively and our charitable outcomes are delivered. Everyone at chART works voluntarily.

The chART trustees are experienced fund-raisers, which includes working for children’s charities. We identified the need for further funding to bring more diverse Arts experiences to children’s hospices and their families, hence founding chART in 2011.

We follow the Charity Commission’s requirements and guidelines and are also members of the Small Charities Coalition and CTN, the Trustee Network. Page Top

The Trustees

Jackie Hassall Chairperson

“It's an honour to work with my chART co-founders and dear friends, Carol and Suzanne, as we aim to help children and young people in hospices through the Arts. I hope to use my background in Early Years and Primary education to provide broad and varied Arts based experiences for these children and their families. Carol, Suzanne and I share the same work ethics and determination to ensure that chART will deliver its aims. I promise to put my heart and soul into bringing the Arts to children with life-limiting conditions”.

Suzanne Price Treasurer

“chART– what a charity to have co-founded with two wonderful ladies who have hearts of gold, passion and determination! We are friends as well as colleagues and work so well together. Working to help children with life limiting conditions in hospices, and their families, is humbling and I will do whatever it takes to make a difference. Being a breast cancer survivor, helps me to understand some of the emotions and anxieties these children and families go through; surviving the disease has made me live life to the full, change my priorities and always make time for others. I have been involved in fund-raising for over ten years- this is where I am happiest!”

Carol Bromley Secretary

“I’m delighted to be part of this dedicated team, including close friends, Jackie and Suzanne, as we work to bring the Arts into lives of children and young people in hospices. I bring twenty years voluntary experience in fund-raising for children’s causes, a love of the Arts and a background in design and education to chART. I’m very happy to be assuming responsibility for the Literary Arts, being an aspiring author!
We are also committed to ensuring that parents/carers and siblings of children with progressive and life-shortening conditions benefit from our support. We’d love you to join us in working to enrich the lives of these families and their children.”

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The Team Leaders

The Trustees are very much involved in all of chART's activities,including responsibility for specific Arts disciplines as Team Leaders:-

  • Art & Design: Carol Bromley
  • Crafts: Lauren Bromley
  • Film & Photography: Suzanne Price
  • Literary Arts: Carol Bromley
  • Music: Suzanne Price & Jackie Hassall
  • Theatre & Dance: Jackie Hassall

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Lauren Bromley Crafts Team Leader

Lauren is a professional ceramicist and illustrator, currently based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She graduated with a BA (Hons,Ist) in Three Dimensional Design with Ceramics from UCA in 2010. Lauren is involved in the whole spectrum of the Arts; she is keen to use her skills and develop her experience in working with children of all ages and abilities and their families. An experienced volunteer, Lauren has been involved in many fund-raising events since childhood. We welcome her as a valued member of the chART leadership team!

Vanessa Hofman chART Australian Representative

Vanessa is our chART representative based in Sydney, Australia. Vanessa has been doing wonderful work in Australia, bringing to you wonderful items such as signed guitars by the likes of Jon Bon Jovi, Nikki Sixx and Thin Lizzy to name a few. We welcome her as a valued member of the chART team!

 

Our Patrons

PATRON - MARCO MENDOZA

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Marco Mendoza is an American musician. He spent his formative years living with his grandmother in Tijuana, Mexico. He started playing the guitar at an early age, adopting the bass when he was invited to join a band that needed a player.

Marco comes from a very musical family and started playing the guitar at an early age. Marco is perhaps mostly known for his work with a number of rock bands and artists such as Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder, Whitesnake, Ted Nugent, Neal Schon, Soul SirkUS Lynch Mob as well as diverse artits such as Dolores O’Riordan from the Cranberries.  He is currently touring with The Dead Daisies and his solo project.

Marco is living in Los Angeles. When he’s not touring he can often be found playing local jazz clubs with Joey Heredia and Renato Neto.

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He played in John Sykes' band Blue Murder, from 1991 until 1993. Mendoza is the current bassist for The Dead Daisies after retiring from The Black Star Riders which consisted of members the reformed version of Thin Lizzy; Scott Gorham, Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson and Jimmy DeGrasso. Mendoza joined the band in 1996 then left in 2000. From 2000 to 2003 he toured with Ted Nugent. Mendoza returned to Thin Lizzy in 2005 replacing Randy Gregg and left again in 2007. He then toured with ex-Dokken guitarist George Lynch in his band Lynch Mob. He rejoined Thin Lizzy once more in May 2010. Mendoza has also played for the band Soul SirkUS and with a lot of other musicians from different backgrounds including: Suzy K, Right Said Fred, Robert Williams, Roch Voisine, Rafael Aragon, Debby Yeager, Tin Drum and Tommy Shaw, among others.

In 2004 Mendoza toured with Whitesnake, yet another band that once featured Sykes (and also features Aldridge), and appears on their DVD Live... In the Still of the Night. In 2004, Mendoza guested on keyboardist Derek Sherinian's solo album Mythology.

On the personal side, Marco has three sons, Marco, Aaron and Max, and two daughters, Eva and Faith.

Welcome to chART Marco.

Bio courtesy of Scott Thomas.

 

PATRON - WAYNE FINDLAY

WAYNE FINDLAY: International Recording Artist, Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Guitarist, Bassist and Keyboardist for: HEAVEN LIES HERE, NO SKY TODAY, THE MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, SLAVIOR, VINNIE MOORE BAND.

Hailing from San Diego California, Wayne Findlay has become one of the most sought after Guitarist/Keyboardists in America. This classically trained shredder has toured and recorded with some of rock's most historic legends: Michael Schenker(Scorpions/UFO/MSG), Vinnie Moore(UFO), Carmine Appice(Rod Stewart/Cactus/Ozzy/Blue Murder),Vinnie Appice(Black Sabbath/Dio), Kelly Keeling(Blue Murder/Guitar Zeus/John Norum), Spencer Davis(Spencer Davis Group), Pete Way(UFO/Wasted), Gary Barden(MSG), Chris Glen(Sensational Alex Harvey Band/MSG), Chris Slade(AC/DC/The Firm/Uriah Heep/Manford Mann Earth Band), Herman Rarebell(Scorpions), Ted McKenna(The Sensational Alex Harvey Band/MSG), Robin McAuley(MacAuley - Schenker), Neil Murray(Whitesnake/Black Sabbath), Simon Phillips(Toto/Jeff Beck/Stevie Wonder),Mark Zonder(Fates Warning), Philip Bynoe(Steve Vai), Lenny Wolf(Kingdom Come), Gregg Analla(Tribe of Gypsies), and many more.

Wayne has also had the privilege to perform on stage with such heavyweights as: Thin Lizzy, Leslie West(Mountain), Uli Jon Roth(Scorpions), Rudolf Schenker(Scorpions), Warren DiMartini(RATT), Frank Hannon(Tesla), Robbie Crane(Vince Neil/Ratt/Slash), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake/Foreigner), James Kottak(Scorpions), Paul Raymond(UFO/MSG), Doogie White(Deep Purple/Yngwie) and Ryo Okumoto(Spock's Beard), Jeff Scott Soto(Yngwie/Journey), Barry Sparks(Dokken/Ted Nugent) and Shane Gaallaas(Yngwie) among many others.

He is currently in the Mar. 2011 Issue of Guitar World Magazine, Nov. 2010 Carvin Catalog, The Nov. 2009 issue of Premier Guitar Magazine and Carvin Catalog, Mar. 2009 issue of Guitar World Magazine, the Feb.2009 issue of Guitar Player, Featured in Nov. 2007 issue of Young Guitar Magazine, and Nov.2007 issue of Beatleg Magazine. Recently, he was asked to do a spotlight article, "Betcha Can't Play This!" and DVD, for the Aug. 2007 issue of Guitar World Magazine. Wayne currently stands as the longest member of the Michael Schenker Group. Also contributing as Music Director, he has recorded and toured the world with M.S.G. for the past 13 years.

His band NO SKY TODAY is: Wayne Findlay(Michael Schenker Group/SLAVIOR) on Guitarz / Keyboardz, and Paul Jones(Robot Lords of Tokyo) on Vocals... These two founding members are the core of the NST sound. With Wayne Findlay writing and producing the music, and Paul Jones writing the lyrics and vocal melodies, these two have really made a sound that stands on their own, as the next band to watch out for... Within a month of releasing their debut CD, it was chosen by Touchtunes digital jukeboxes to be played in 40,000 nightclubs, restaurants and bars across America... Not an easy task for an independent band!

While in the studio recording their debut album, NO SKY TODAY was asked to record an unreleased track of Tommy Bolin's(James Gang/Deep Purple) called "Jump Back", as part of a compilation CD called "Mister Bolin's Late Night Revival". Wayne arranged, produced and performed all guitars and keys on the song with guest Fin Muir(Wasted) on vocals. Proceeds from the album go to a local drug recovery center in Sioux Falls, Tommy Bolin's Hometown. NO SKY TODAY's version of "Jump Back" was also chosen for the "Tommy Bolin Tribute" video.

NST have already begun refining the band and have recently made some changes to the line-up. Now adding bassist/engineer Joe Viers(Robot Lords of Tokyo) and B.rad Dettmer(FNR)to the mix, they are gearing up for some upcoming tours this year.The 2nd NST CD is already being written and will begin to be recorded in the next few months!!

PATRON - JEFF SCOTT SOTO

From Heavy Metal to Funk to AOR and Pop, Jeff Scott Soto is a name that is hailed throughout the music industry as one of the most influential artists of the 21st Century!

JSS started with Swedish guitar sensation Yngwie J. Malmsteen in 1984 at the age of 18 and has not stopped since, building a name for himself through many the many acts, projects that have led to his own solo career.

After his stint with Yngwie, he joined forces with Marcel Jacob, another Malmsteen alumni, to start what would become a 19-year run with another Swedish Rock force called Talisman.

In 2001, JSS supplied the lead vocals for the main character/singer of the fictional band Steel Dragon for the Mark Wahlberg movie “Rock Star”. Jeff’s voice can be heard throughout the movie and soundtrack which has become a cult hit amongst Hard Rock fans around the World.

In 2004, JSS started a new super group with Neal Schon of Journey, Virgil Donati and Marco Mendoza called Soul SirkUS which led to him fronting the American legendary band Journey from 2006-07. Soul SirkUS released their one and only debut album in 2005 shortly after Jeff’s 1st 4 solo albums, Love Parade (1994), Prism (2001), Lost In The Translation (2004) & Beautiful Mess (2009).

In 2007, after his Jeff’s untimely release from Journey, he began recording with the ‘rock theater’ sensation, Trans-Siberian Orchestra. His addition to the latest Gold selling release, Night Castle, led to being part of the annual tours in which he continues to do currently.

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2009 saw the collaboration of Jeff with 2 other known Swedish musicians a new project called W.E.T. The album received massive buzz and sold like gangbusters upon the official release date. Also that year he released his 2nd solo live DVD, One Night In Madrid.

2012 saw the release of Jeff’s 5th solo album, Damage Control released worldwide, March 2012 on Frontiers Records. Through 2013, he toured throughout South America and Europe with his band and conquered many new territories. Also, a 2nd W.E.T album, Rise Up, was released and heralded as a success to its debut which will be followed by a live DVD, One Live, sometime at the end of ’13.

2014 saw Jeff celebrating his 30 year anniversary as a professional artist, he filled the summer with a tour that included many festival stops along the way. He also completed a new album that will be released as a ‘band’ under the moniker SOTO. It is a welcome return to Jeff’s heavier roots and promises to deliver another extension to his legacy.

chART welcomes Jeff Scott Soto.

Web:www.jeffscottsoto.com

Facebook:www.facebook.com/JeffScottSoto

Twitter:@jeffscottsoto

 

PATRON - NATHAN JAMES

Hailing from Reading in Berkshire, Nathan James started singing at the tender age of 10 and hasn't stopped since. Aged 20, he toured with American rock show Route 66 sponsored by Harley Davidson and fronted the show with Clive Jackson of Dr and the Medics fame, playing the Harley festivals and 4 UK and European tours. In 2010 Nathan toured European arenas with Thriller, the Michael Jackson show, singing Michael’s more rock rooted tunes - Dirty Diana, Beat It, etc.

In 2012 Nathan was showcased in the UK on the TV show The Voice. He reached the final 100 voices in the country and the judges praised his voice but felt they only heard one dimension. He sang Living on a Prayer and was dubbed as "the rock singer". The videos of Nathan’s audition have since received over 1 million views on YouTube.

Nathan released his self-titled debut album of covers in spring 2012. He chose to record an acoustic album as something of a ‘middle finger’ to The Voice. Nathan says "When it's acoustic, you can't hide, it's the purest form and I wanted people to hear what my voice can do". He picked songs that meant a lot to him and have inspired him to sing.

His influences are diverse, from Glenn Hughes, David Coverdale and Axl Rose, to Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, Elton John and Freddie Mercury to name but a few.

In summer 2012 Nathan gained a place on the live finals of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for Jesus to star in an arena production of the classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.

Nathan was the favourite from day one and had what is described as “the show’s most memorable performance” with his cover of the Guns n Roses hit Sweet Child o’ Mine [up a semi tone from the original].

He gained a great following and came fifth out of the final eleven and had the privilege of performing with the nation’s favourite, Gary Barlow. After Superstar had ended, Nathan launched his album officially at a sold out show in his hometown, where he performed tracks from his album and also some original material with a full band.

Before Superstar aired on ITV in the summer of 2012, Nathan was scouted by the Trans Siberian Orchestra who discovered a video of him online and flew him over to USA to audition for America’s most successful Prog Rock super group. He was offered a place and was sent back to London to continue filming for Superstar. Whilst appearing on This Morning after leaving the competition, Nathan revealed that he would be going to America a few months later to join the band for their up coming Arena tour. He played twenty one states in two months, sharing the stage with guitarist Al Pitrelli and legendary vocalist Jeff Scott Soto.

2013 saw two sold out headline shows at the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square, a guest appearance with Jeff Scott Soto at Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival in Sheffield and numerous dates singing for ex Scorpions guitar god Uli Jon Roth, aswell as performing with a 100 piece orchestra at St. David’s Hall in Cardiff.

Nathan began recording an album of original music with numerous guest musicians during the summer of 2013 at Outhouse Studios in Reading, under the watchful eye of It Bites/Frost/Arena/John Wetton guitarist/vocalist and producer extraordinaire John Mitchell who also contributes a number of solos. Mastering was taken care of by Harry Hess of Canadian AORsters Harem Scarem. The album Sun & Moon features the cream of the crop of musicians - Micky Moody [Whitesnake, Snakecharmer], Gus G [Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne], Ash Soan [Adele, Rick Wakeman], Craig Blundell [Frost] and Andy Treacey [Faithless] amongst others. The songs have all been written by Neil Fairclough [Queen], his sister Lois and her husband John Dagnall. Neil also plays bass on the album. Backing vocalists include Jeff Scott Soto who is a huge supporter of Nathan and the band. Glenn Hughes, Michael Bolton, Michael Sweet and many top vocalists and musicians have all expressed their admiration for his talent.

In November 2013, Nathan returned to America to rejoin Trans Siberian Orchestra once more for their winter schedule which was again, an outright success. This years toured also included a month in Europe where Nathan got the chance to perform at Hammersmith Apollo and he received a standing ovation for his rendition of ‘Gutter Ballet’ by Savatage. On his return to the UK, Nathan began the search for a live band who would be able to match up to the musicianship on the album.

The live band of Inglorious are all relatively unknown, but have been assembled from the best young musicians in the country. Lead guitarist Drew Lowe, who played several tracks on the album, was the obvious choice to take the reins in the band. Drew has played guitar since the age of twelve, playing in bands constantly and, following his tour with Nathan in the Bohemian Rhapsody stage show, he secured a slot depping for Laurie Wisefield in We Will Rock You in the West End. He has played with many top recording artists including Boy George, but also with many others touring the UK, Europe and as far afield as Russia.

Drew’s cousin Colin Parkinson was chosen as bass player. An amazing musician and singer, Colin has not only played and fronted bands with Drew since he was fifteen, he has also recorded sessions for Jessie J, many X Factor projects, the BBC and has been playing shows worldwide with many artists, most recently in Copenhagen where he has lived for the last couple of years.

Colin has also been in many bands over the years with drummer Phil Beaver. Phil has been playing, touring and producing since his early teens and when Colin and Phil were asked to play a few of the Inglorious tracks together, it was obvious from the first note that their versatility and musicality were meant for those songs and would provide the backbone of Inglorious.

The only person missing was a second guitarist to round out the sound. Here we find the awesome Geordie, Billy Taylor. Billy picked up a guitar at fourteen after watching the Guns n Roses Paradise City music video. Unlike the rest of the band, Billy is completely self-taught, although he was forced to take guitar lessons at age 15, resulting in his guitar teacher being fired from the school as he admitted he couldn't teach him anything! He began playing professionally in bands shortly after and has been teaching guitar, drums and bass since he was eighteen.

Nathan’s musical director, the multi talented Liam Holmes has been a lynch-pin in the band and, whilst not a permanent member, he will be part of the touring line up of Inglorious.

Inglorious have managed to amass over 2.5k followers on Facebook and 1.5k on Twitter with only two 30 second clips of music, such is the anticipation for the band. The release in May of the entirely live video for ‘Burn’ – a cover of the Deep Purple classic – was hailed as nothing short of a masterpiece. Voted as a Classic Rock track of the week and receiving comments from Steve Lukather of Toto “@TheNathanJames @WeAreInglorious KILLER!!! Great playing from everyone!! and the vocals are insane! Love it!” and Michael Sweet of Stryper “Great voice brother - I'm a fan too and you probably know that already”.

Spring of this year Nathan was asked to performed at Sweden Rock Festival as part of the Rocklassiker All-Stars band including Mikkey Dee [Motorhead] , Ian Haughland [Europe] , Pontus Norgren [Hammerfall, Talisman] . Nathan shared the stage with TSO brother Jeff Scott Soto and the others for what turned out to be a real festival highlight, watched by over 8k people.

Nathan is without doubt one of the best rock vocalists ever to come out of the UK and he is well on his way to stardom. There is no doubt that Inglorious will be the vehicle to propel, not only Nathan, but the rest of the band into the hearts of the nation and the world.

chART welcomes Nathan James.

Facebook:www.facebook.com/WeAreInglorious

Twitter:@WeAreInglorious

 

PATRON - SUE ASHCROFT

Sue was born in the small seaside town of Gourock on the west coast of Scotland. Having been brought up in a household filled with music, it was soon apparent that she would develop the family passion for singing, playing instruments and listening to whatever music was available. In her formative years, she played trombone, piano, bassoon and was a member of various choirs and operatic societies.

Sue spent the first few summers of her teens staying with her sister in Inverkip - a tiny village with not many kids of that age, other than a group of boys who listened to something called rock music! So, Sue was introduced to Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple - and the obsession began.

Having little or no money, the only way to get a fix was to borrow LP's from the local library. By listening to one, she then looked for either others by the same artist or others which similar musicians played on. A case in point being Santana. This was how Sue discovered Journey! From the very first album she thought they were interesting, innovative and loved everything about them.

She had also started watching the Old Grey Whistle Test which is where she discovered some of the bands she still classes as favourites to this day - The Tubes, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Pat Travers for instance. In 1979, Sue’s art teacher had an idea to keep kids out of pubs (who were only really going to watch the bands), that he would open a cafe and put on all the acts who were at that time on the west coast club circuit. Gourock's own Henry Gorman Band were a regular fixture along with Red Ellis and many others. This was Sue’s first real involvement in the music scene as she had, with a group of friends, helped to get the cafe up and running. This was also the year in which she saw my first proper gig - March 22nd 1979, Glasgow Apollo, Journey supported by Pat Travers - the perfect gig. As you can imagine, having had the first 2 drum solo's she ever saw being by Tommy Aldridge and Steve Smith, this inspired her to be the drum freak she is today.

It was at this time also that Sue met her first husband whose parents subsequently moved to Wigan, which they also did in 1985. Music had been such a huge part of her life and she was unsure of how she would continue to get her musical fix so far from home, but it's funny how things work out sometimes.

A friend who was a sound engineer called from Gourock one day and asked if he and a couple of guys could stay overnight at her house on the long drive to London. Of course Sue said yes. One of the boys was Doogie White! They had met several years before when Doogie was in La Paz, but this was a nice surprise. They lost touch for a while after that and life went on, Sue’s 2 children, divorce, meeting and marrying the wonderful Phil - she had gone to plenty of gigs, but not really had any involvement as such until friends of theirs decided to start a record label - the ill-fated Now and Then Records. Along with that came The Gods Festival which Sue offered to help with by making the sandwiches! From that, realising that she had the gift of the gab, Bruce Mee asked if she would like to contribute to Fireworks.

So, fourteen years on, having done interviews with most of her heroes, becoming a qualified photographer, artist liaison for Firefest, travelling all over the place for the love of the music, Sue now manages several bands, is a booking agent, PR agent and publicist and has had several photos used on the cover of books by writer Neil Daniels.

Sue is delighted to be working with ChArt and will be striving to have items signed by bands and to publicise the great work of the charity in the future.

 

PATRON - ROY BRIGHT

Roy was born in Manchester and grew up in Burnley, East Lancashire. He received his secondary education at St. Wilfrids C of E High School in Blackburn and upon leaving school, decided to join the Royal Navy as a Gunner. The need to patrol some of the worlds ‘hotspots’ allowed him to travel the globe extensively, and was very fortunate to see a vast array of exotic countries and different cultures.

In 1998, having been a musician since he was 6yrs old and, having played a plethora of musical instruments, he decided to leave the Royal Navy to pursue a career as a professional musician. From there Roy experienced many highs in his first band ‘deponeye’ until that ended in 2004.

In 2005, he started his second and current band ‘Exit State’. To date they have enjoyed great success having toured all over the UK and parts of Europe, had a No1 video on Kerrang TV’s Most Requested show plus enjoyed sharing the stage with the likes of Michael Schenker, Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), Esoterica, Dave Evans (AC/DC), The Black Mollys, Forever Never, Black Spiders & Marseille. Following a successful tour with guitar legend Michael Schenker in 2012, the band were delighted to be asked to and become Patron’s of the Children’s Hospice Arts charity chARTUK, whose amazing work aims to enrich the lives of children and young people with life limiting conditions in hospices through the creative, performing and literary Arts, enabling individual expression, creativity and communication.

In 2013, following two previously successful album releases, they released their third studio album entitled Let’s See It All, which was met with great critical and fan acclaim. From that album, with the support of Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns ‘n’ Roses) and Wayne Findlay (Michael Schenker Group / No Sky Today) they released the single ‘Crystalline’ with all proceeds from the sales of the single going to chARTUK.

Roy Bright has excelled his entire life; first as a Gunner in the Royal Navy and more publicly in his role as frontman of the signed rock band ‘Exit State’. However, not one to supress his creative flair, Bright is now making waves as an author with his compelling and celebrated debut novel.

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Written by Roy Bright and masterfully melding fiction with faith, ‘Judas’ turns scripture on its head to depict the damned modern-day life of Judas Iscariot. The novel is turning heads and garnering rave reviews from around the world; quite a feat for the former military gunner-turned rock star who is now finding his feet in the world of literature.

‘Judas’ defies any single genre and perfectly blurs the lines between fiction and faith to present the modern-day life story of one the twelve original apostles of Jesus Christ – Judas Iscariot. But don’t mistake this for a piece of raw Christian fiction; the narrative melds its religious overtones with action, adventure and enough suspense to keep readers needing only the edges of their seats.

“This is just another facet of what is turning out to be a very eclectic career in the limelight,” admits Bright. “Writing has always been a huge passion of mine, even though I normally have to put it on the backburner due to our busy touring schedule. However, during some recent downtime I was finally able to put pen to paper.”

Continuing, “Utilizing my contacts I was able to get the story the attention it deserves and finally attract the eyes of a major publisher. Above all, I hope the book and its plot add a new twist to history and prove that there’s no hard-and-fast truths when it comes to religion.”

Early reviews for the book have been extremely positive. Ben Peyton comments, “An explosive debut novel, and one that whets the appetite perfectly for a sequel. Bravo, Roy! I look forward to your next book.”

Andrew Morris adds, “A kick ass demon slayer with penchant for hard rock,tattoos, and some pretty mean swords. The tale propels you along at breakneck speed, barely allowing a breath between the action. Well researched, entertaining and a thoroughly good yarn, looking forward to the next one already.

Read it now, you will not be disappointed.”

‘Judas’, published by Whiteley Publishing, is available now: Buy JUDAS by Roy Bright

 

PATRON - ADAM MASTERS

Children’s Hospice Arts, (chART), are proud and honoured to welcome Adam Masters as patron.

Adam worked for ten years at Manchester’s biggest music store, now known as PMT, (formerly A1 Music/Academy of Sound and Sound Control). He then moved on as an Area Sales Manager for Glasgow based P&R Howard Music Ltd.  After a year on the road, Adam got into a conversation with his mate about Music shops, how great Independent shops in Manchester were and how they would spend hours hanging around just checking out interesting gear, seeing other musicians, spotting hero’s and just feeling part of something special. The conversation led to an idea; how could they re create the old school Music shop but put a modern slant on it but still maintain the vibe? The idea became a concept and the concept became reality in August 2012 South City Music opened.  You can find South City Music at 18 Ashley Road, Altrincham, WA14 2DW.  0161 222 0603 www.southcitymusic.co.uk  

Adam enjoyed success in Manchester Band, Juno Ashes between 2005-2009, playing around UK and Europe; he also works for Jah Wobble, (former Public Image Ltd), as equipment technician and UK tour manager.

Adam is married with a daughter, Isla and his Basset Hound, Napoleon, is his best mate!!!!

Welcome to chART!

Our Patron Adam Masters Presents THE MADCHESTER GUITAR!

The guitar is signed by the following-The Stone Roses, Liam and Noel Gallagher and Oasis, The Charlatans, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce, Peter Hook, Steve Morris, Shaun Ryder, Rowetta, The Courteeners, Elbow, The Ting Tings, MC Tunes, Jah Wobble, Stephen Fretwell, Mark Burgess/John Lever-The Chameleons, The Buzzcocks, Mike Sweeny and Dewsbury, Jimmi Goodwin, Aziz, Mary Ann Hobbs, Clint Boon and the Inspiral Carpets, John Robb, Dermo (Northside), Larry Gott (James), Hippy Mafia....and there are few more to go which i will post about.

History

The idea for the Madchester guitar came about around 2 years ago. I was working at PMT Manchester and I heard some news that changed my outlook on everything. A friend, colleague and legend of the Manchester music scene and his wife, lost a beloved daughter at the age of one. My daughter was the same age at the time and I was floored by emotion. Sadness, anger, confusion-how could this happen to someone so young?, to some of the nicest people you could ever meet? to any parent....Life is so unfair. But most of all it made me for the first time really want to make a difference. Music is everything to a lot of us, the soundtrack to life. A few of us have been lucky enough to have made careers working around it and be part of some amazing moments, but it means nothing in the grand scheme of things, however because of our chosen path things like this become possible and it was as simple as this....I was not going to stop until that guitar had the biggest names ever to come out of Manchester on it. THAT MISSION IS NOW COMPLETE!!!

This amazing guitar raised a fantastic £6600 all of which was for Charity! So totally, unselfishly worthwhile. The funds were split between Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester and Claire House Children’s Hospice In Wirral.

One of the best things to come out of this was meeting Suzanne Price, a co founder of the charity chART. It was perfect, a charity that has connections in music and works with musicians, plus auctions Rock n Roll memorabilia which is donated to them and with the proceeds buys instruments, and donates to hospices caring for seriously ill children and young people with life limiting conditions. This is just one aspect of chART, they work to enrich the lives of children and young people in hospices through the performing, creative and literary arts. Art and design, film and photography, theatre and dance, crafts, music and literary arts. I am now a patron of chART and I’m very proud of that.

Thank you to everyone who so kindly signed this guitar-I was there when everyone signed and everyone of those legendary icons loved it. Thanks to Beef and Col at PMT for your support.

This guitar is dedicated to Lucy

Adam Masters
co owner South City Music

Call 0161 222 0603 for info

 

PATRON - SUSAN THORSEN

Susan Thorsen is a Portland, Oregon born and raised American music photographer currently based in Portland, Oregon. Susan's initial interest in photography began as a mere child. When given her first camera at eight years of age, she knew immediately that the capture of life on film was to be her mission.

In the 1970's, Susan began studying fine arts and photography while high school in Portland, Oregon and continued as she attended college at Portland State University and the University of Oregon. As she worked toward earning a degree in fine arts, Susan found her primary photographic interests centered on people and animals. She became additionally challenged and motivated to build a successful business with photography by combining her love of music and photographic art with shooting photos of well known musicians in concert.

Over the years, Susan has traveled the globe to photograph countless concerts and music festivals and her work continues to be published regularly in many forms of world-wide media. After more than 35 years as a professional photographer, her life-long passion continues to inspire her on a daily basis. www.susanthorsen.com

"My experience in capturing and documenting indescribable moments in music history with photographs still continues to be the ultimate gift to my being. I have been involved first hand (immediate family) with the benefits that hospice care provides for terminally and seriously ill patients and their families and have a sincere interest and dedication to 'giving back'. Knowing that my work may help someone in need in any way, is an extreme compliment to my soul. I can truly say it is an honor for me to be asked to be a part of the chART UK team as a supporting patron."

PATRON - Micky Patient

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Working his way up through the ranks in the music scene over the last 20 years has seen Micky perform onstage with some of the best in rock .These include such artists as..... Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest , Wurzel of Motörhead , Swedish rocker Mia Klose and most recently Marco Mendoza ( Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake/ Ted nugent).

Currently working on a project and Guitar Clinics with Ben Brookland of The Treatment who have toured America with KISS and Mötley Crüe.

OFFICIAL SUPPORTER - Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal

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Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal
Solo artist, producer & lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses

Bumblefoot has over 20 years of releasing music, international festivals & headlining solo tours, and many 'Album Of the Month/Year' awards and front covers of music magazines. Bumblefoot's latest releases were an innovative digital song-a-month series that include transcriptions and backing tracks for guitarists and recording stems for remixers, including a cover of “The Pink Panther Theme” featuring members of Guns N' Roses. Lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses since 2006, Bumblefoot has toured sold-out shows in over 50 countries, headlining festivals with crowds of 150,000. Bumblefoot's unique 'fretless guitar' can be heard throughout GNR's Chinese Democracy album.

Bumblefoot has collaborated as a songwriter/producer with many artists, his music often heard in TV, film and videogames including theme songs to SpikeTV's "MXC" and VH1's "That Metal Show", So You Think You Can Dance, Oprah Winfrey, ESPN, UFC, WWE, NFL, dozens of MTV/VH1 shows and more. Bumblefoot has appeared on stage with Joe Satriani, Nancy Sinatra, Blue Oyster Cult, Chris Jericho & Fozzy, Cyndi Lauper, jazz artist Allen Toussaint, members of Badfinger, Paul McCartney & Wings, and on diverse recordings with Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess, Anvil's Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Jessica Simpson,rapper Scarface, comedian Don Jamieson and many more. 

Studying music since age 7, he began teaching at age 13 and for the last 10 years has taught music production at SUNY Purchase College. He teaches master-classes at schools and venues around the world, and has been a guest music coach on MTV's "Made".  Bumblefoot is continuously donating songs and performances to fundraising CDs, often making appearances and donating autographed items for charities. He has performed at events for the Red Cross, Navy Seals, juvenile diabetes, men's & women's health issues, burn victims, Music Rising “Icons of Music” for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Oxfam's Tsunami Relief & Global Emergency Fund, Earthquake Relief Fund, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Rock Asylum for children's education, Dubai Autism Centre, a board member of the MS Research Foundation, a member of “Musicians On Call” and visits patients at children's hospitals all over the world with guitar in hand.

Projects in 2013 include the release of his own Bumblefoot hot sauces Bumblefoot's Hot Sauces, and an upcoming line of custom guitar cases.


www.bumblefoot.com 

OFFICIAL SUPPORTER - CAPTAIN HORIZON

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Captain Horizon are an original alternative rock band from the West Midlands. Drawing from a wide range of influences, they write and perform songs with a sound entirely their own. The band are totally committed to creating something new with every song they write, and in the process have carved out their own unique identity.

Live, Captain Horizon deliver their songs in a frontal assault of passion, energy, vocal harmonies and charisma. Performance and entertaining their audience are critical as far as Captain Horizon are concerned. Captain Horizon are: Steve “Whitty” Whittington – lead vocals Joshua Watson – guitars, backing vocals James “Mez” Merrix – drums, percussion Alex Thomson – bass, backing vocals The band was born in the summer of 2008 when Josh and Alex started writing songs that brought together the high energy and intricacy of music from bands like Incubus, Radiohead, Tool and Porcupine Tree, and the classic swagger of stadium bands like AC/DC, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd and U2. Mez joined shortly after and set about bringing his unique brand of precise and original drumming to the music. Whitty was the last piece of the puzzle, injecting thunderous vocals, unstoppable self belief and the ability to charm any crowd before him. With three EPs and an album under their collective belt, Captain Horizon are soon to release their second album, Imitation Sun, on Rocksector Records.

Their manager Alan Savill says "The band love being able to express themselves through their music. To be able to help those who will not have as many opportunities to play music and to have their lives tragically shortened is a real honour. We look forward interacting with the youngsters and spreading some joy to them and their families".

OFFICIAL SUPPORTER - JO GOSLING

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chARTUK - Official Photographer.

Binks Live and Loud is born out of my love for taking pictures combined with listening to and supporting live music and those that play it.

I truly believe that a good image can say as much about a band or artist as the sound and performance. The chance to capture moments that show passion, energy and dedication is something that I can't get enough of.

Facebook:www.facebook.com/BinksPhotographyLiveAndLoud

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Our Supporters

Claire Neave (Paint Pot art events/ fundraisers; CRB checked); Liz Davidson (Volunteer - Sugar Crafts/Culinary Arts, Family Fun Days NE England; CRB Checked);Julia Flanagan (Live Events Volunteer, NW England); Theatre Royal Newcastle(Theatre Visits, NE England); PMT Professional Music Technology Manchester (Musical instruments provision and advice); Peter Bromley (Children's Author, Volunteer, Literary Arts Events, NE England);Georgina Zupnik - Bane (Volunteer, SE England, Jewellery Design); Hannah Winton (Volunteer, SE England, Textiles Design);Marta Sorensen (Art & Design, Finland); Janey and Robert Boultby (Regional Co-ordinators for the Midlands);Gursharan Hans (Regional Co-ordinator for Southern England);Martin Short (Live Music Events, NW England);LibFest (Live Music Event, Witney, Oxon.);Paul Amatt (Phoenix Trading - Online Events)) . Please check out the Links page for more information. Page Top

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Ladybird Elise, in memory of Elise Alexandra Andersen, a very special little girl who touched so many hearts in her short life.

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An exclusive designer range of Elise ceramics is now available.

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