A LOCAL musician is tuning up for a gig in aid of two charities which are close to his heart.
Shaun T Hunter aka Quiet Rebellion, from Cleckheaton is staging the event on Friday November 12 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, after his close friend Nigel Morris was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Mr Morris, who has been a grassroots promoter for many years, is currently undergoing treatment, and Shaun and his wife Lucy decided to put on a gig to raise money for the charity which is helping him and his family.
Lucy said: “For many years he was a promoter and Nigel only took a tiny commission from any band or act he booked. This being his only source of income, this felt like the least Shaun could do in putting together a night.”
The event is also being held in memory of Shaun’s father, who died of leukaemia aged 29 - Shaun was just a year old.
Lymphoma has also affected his father in law for the past eight years.
Lucy added: “Cancer as a whole has also taken another four members of the family between 2004 to 2009, so all in all it’s a cause close to his heart. Like many who have suffered this disease in all its treacherous forms.”
All the acts performing at the gig at the Comrades Club in Heckmondwike are giving their time for free on the night and entry is also free but donations are welcome. Music promoter Pete Earnshaw has also helped to organise event.
Quiet Rebellion, Chris Martin, Will Richards Band, The Troubadours, Jade Helliwell will all perform songs by Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
Shaun is currently recording his own version of the much loved carol Silent Night which was well received at a host of Christmas concerts last year. The track will be available for download for Christmas and all the funds raised will go to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
After time with a major label in the late 90’s and into early 2000, Shaun walked away from the fear of being turned into what he calls, ‘another piece of product’, and now runs everything independently.
He has released a series of highly critically acclaimed albums and is currently very excited with his new album Still Talking Scrabble which is due for national release in January next year.
Tour dates to accompany the release include a few of the hospitals, secure units, prisons and mental health wards which he performs at on a regular basis.
* The gig starts at 7pm at the Comrades Club, Regent Street, Heckmondwike.