Neil Lewis 2018 |Barry|News

One of Barry’s best loved music treats is back on stage for one day only as our talented tribute to one of the town’s most famous musicians celebrates a decade of concerts.

Stonehouse to Stratus Fear will feature for a one-off performance at Barry Island Sports and Social Club on Sunday October 7th as part of the annual Neil Lewis Fundraiser.

Sarge and his band will join some of the finest local acts who will take to the stage throughout the day. These include the above mentioned Stratus Fear, Outback, the Flares, One Wild Night and Tumbling Dice some old favourites and some making their debut.

All profits will be split between charities chosen by the bands. These are Jam Fund, Mind, Marie Curie Hospice, Velindre Cancer Care, Jacob Abraham Suicide Prevention,  Noahs Ark Childrens Hospital and Dementia UK.

The gig has also very generously been sponsored by CF6 Lettings and Nailed It Events.

Respected artist Neil, who passed away in 2009, played for many years with Max Boyce even enjoying a minor hit with a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the band’s road crew called Packer of the Leads. He also supported Fairport Convention, Tom Paxton and Billy Connolly – and lived and played in both Canada and Bermuda before settling back in his native Barry.

Son Rhys, who organises the yearly event for local music-lovers to get together and remember the man himself said: “There is a top line up for this year’s concert and although running order has yet to be confirmed this promises to showcase much of the Barry music scene’s hottest talent.”

He added: “For some silly reason I decided that last year was going to be the final concert but temptation got the better of me and I started making calls early in the summer. Once again, so many musicians have come forward to be involved and raise money for some great causes. I’m going to do my best to make this the best memorial gig yet!”

Over half the tickets are now sold and the event,  has sold out every time so get your tickets fast. It’s extremely unlikely that tickets will be available on the evening itself.

Priced £10, they are available from: Boofys- Barry island, The Barry Island Sports and Social Club, The Barry Music Shop, or by contacting Rhys to arrange collection on 07595497255.

A Neil Lewis Memorial Concert event page has been set up on Facebook.

Ticket holders should be there for the 3pm start as every act is performing free of charge so deserves nothing less than a full audience to play to.

Rhys added; “Please can everyone who is coming along be sure to get their tickets early to avoid disappointment and can everyone please try to arrive as close to 3pm as possible. Thank you.”

Speak soon.

Mrs SVJ

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Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist. She blogs about Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a, quirky and queer, local girl done good.

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