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...Heard it on the Grapevine
John Wright Music
Vin Garbutt and Barbara Wright pictured at the
opening of the John Wright Music shop.
The widow of contemporary
‘I know how tough it can be to get
singer and former Scottish
independent albums in front of
Border’s shepherd John Wright
the public. I hope that artists will
has opened a music shop as a
seize this opportunity and take
lasting tribute to his memory.
advantage of a pro-active High
Street presence. All they need to
Barbara Wright decided to go
do is to get in touch.”
ahead with the couple’s plans
despite John’s sudden death
Many of the song-writers
earlier this year.
associated with John’s music
have also volunteered to
“It was something John really
perform at a unique concert to
wanted to do,” says Barbara, “and
be staged at the Journal Tyne
I have tried my best to make it all
Theatre, Newcastle, on Friday 5
happen.”
September.
The shop at Market Place in
‘Long Hellos...Short Goodbyes’
Barnard Castle will stock albums
will be a celebration of John’s
from independent contemporary
life and music and will mark the
artists, music accessories and
launch of a new album featuring
gifts.
previously unreleased material.
“Most of the artists known to us
Artists include Robin Laing,
personally have agreed to place
Kieran Halpin, Steve Knightley,
their albums in the shop and my
Allan Taylor, Chris While and Julie
aim is that the range will develop
Matthews, Thom Moore, Ray
as time goes on,” said Barbara.”
Hearne, along with the 30-man
John was a great champion of
Dutch Shanty Choir Rolling Home.
the singer-songwriter. He admired
their talent and did his best to
All details are available at
promote them wherever and
www.johnwrightmusic.co.uk
whenever he sang.
John Wright Music
(Inc.Twirtle Music)
“John relied upon good songs to
20 Market Street, Barnard
sing and, as such, was deeply
Castle, Co. Durham DL12 8PW
grateful to songsmiths from both
Tel :01833 638826 e-mail:
this country and abroad.
barbara@johnwrightmusic.co.uk
Music Against Domestic Abuse The show, at Exeter’s Phoenix
Steve Knightley and Martyn Theatre on September 4 will
Joseph, will join forces this also feature chart-hitting Daniel
autumn at a special one-off event Rachel, West Country band The
to raise funds and awareness Joyce Gang and young North
for the charity Music Against Devon singer songwriter Jenna.
Domestic Abuse (MADA). Launched by Andy Stapley in
Steve, of Show of Hands and 2005, the MADA campaign was
Cardiff-based Martyn, both BBC created to help raises awareness
award winners, toured together of domestic abuse and the
and brought out the album The impact it has on society. More
Bridgerow Sessions in 2005. information at www.ma-da.co.uk
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