Blues musician has little help from friends to raise more money for charity

A BLUES musician has raised even more funds for charity – despite some of his performers not making it to the gig after breaking down on the other side of Manchester!

John Loydon

John Loydon, known as JSL, retired from mainstream music after being diagnosed with rare neurological illness NMO in 2003.

Previously he has put on gigs at The Granby and The Hare and Hounds in Uppermill and TOAST in Delph to raise funds for charity NMO Spectrum UK.

His latest gig at TOAST in July raised another £137 for the cause – but it was not without its hiccups along the way.

John had pulled together a roadshow of seasoned entertainers for the evening, many of whom had not even met before the event.

And they all still didn’t get the chance to play together as the performers from the other side of Manchester suffered a van break down on the way.

But there were still individual performances by guitar/vocalist Stephen Morris, veteran Blues harmonica player Malcolm Mills, and the Diggle diddley bow exponent Jim Gradwell.

Jud Hudson – Percussion; Geoff Sidebottom (back row partly obscured) – Percussion; Stephen Morris- guitar and vocals; Debra Bartholomew – slide player’s wife; Yoga teacher, good friend; JSL – vocals and Blues harmonica; Paul ‘Bart’ Bartholomew – slide guitar; Malcolm Mills – Blues harmonica and vocals; John Birkby – keyboard and saxophone

Then JSL performed as part of a 7-piece scratch Blues band, The Kettle Valley Blues Association.

He said: “As Toast! is a small venue the performers took over the sunny courtyard outside.

“They played to an audience who were generous in their appreciation, their applause and in their donations. It was good fun!

“It was clear that Toast! owner, Brian Hockenhull enjoyed his role as an audience member and as the host of the event.

“JSL and the other members of The Kettle Valley Blues Association wish to offer Brian their most sincere thanks for his generosity and support for their efforts.”

Find out more about JSL’s music on his website: where 20 per cent of sales goes to NMO Spectrum UK.

One Reply to “Blues musician has little help from friends to raise more money for charity”

  1. Aimee, thank you so much for covering my fundraising appearances. I really appreciate your support.

    I am hoping to continue playing occasional charity gigs while I still can…

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