Neil Lewis 2019 |Barry|Local News

The Late Neil Lewis

It’s time to grab your tickets for one of Barry’s best local music treats as Rhys once again rocks the town in memory of his Dad.

A year on from its ten year celebration, the Annual Neil Lewis Memorial Concert is back, and booked for Friday October 4th from 7pm at Barry Island Sports and Social Club.

Rhys Lewis, who organises the yearly event for local music-lovers to get together and remember legendary Barry musician Neil Lewis, has an impressive line-up of local talent once again. Musicians taking to the stage include Second Chance, the Hindenburgs, Groove Line, Black Angus, Tumbling Dice – and a DJ Set from Becky Lloyd to keep you entertained between band breaks.

He said: “There is a top line up for this year’s concert and although running order has yet to be confirmed this promises to remember my Dad, showcase much of the Barry music scene’s hottest talent and raise money for very worthy causes. Once again, so many musicians have come forward to be involved and I’m going to do my best to make this the best memorial gig yet!”

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.

As usual all profits will be split between various charities chosen by the bands themselves, and there will be a raffle on the night. The gig has also been very generously been sponsored by CF6 Lettings and Nailed It Events.

Tickets are moving fast, and as the event sells out quickly every year, it’s time to get yours!

Priced £10, they are available from: Boofys at Barry island, The Barry Island Sports and Social Club, The Ship Hotel, 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 7pm start please as every act is performing free of charge so deserves nothing less than a full house to play to.

Rhys gives massive thanks to those who support the Memorial Concert, year in and out.  

He added: “Please can everyone who is coming along be sure to get their tickets early to avoid disappointment – as it’s extremely unlikely that tickets will be available on the evening itself. Thank you!”

Speak soon.


AND massive thanks to The Gem who always solidly supported the annual Neil Lewis Memorial Concert – you will be missed. Read my heartfelt Goodbye to The Glamorgan Gem tribute here.



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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