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Bishop's Stortford Acoustic Club benefit night in aid of mental health project Retune

A charity that helps young people find mental harmony through music will benefit from Bishop’s Stortford Acoustic Club’s next gig.

Proceeds from the club's regular fortnightly Wednesday session at North Street pub The Horn at the Half Moon will be donated to Retune, whose founder, Indie music writer Tom Ryder, and chairman Greg Camburn will perform on the night.

Founded in 2018, the not-for-profit harnesses the power of music to promote well-being and mindfulness, helping young people to increase in confidence and build resilience to life’s challenges.

Pat Crilly and Greg Camburn (27524593)
Pat Crilly and Greg Camburn (27524593)

Acoustic club promoter Geoff White said: “We have a very soft spot for local organisations, and one that combines the very best of objectives and delivers fantastic outcomes is Retune. To assist them with their incredible work, our February 5 gig will be a benefit evening with all profits raised being passed straight to Retune to use as they see fit to support their fantastic work.

“Retune has two local music heroes on its management board – Tom and Greg – so it seems fitting to invite them to perform. Greg will headline the evening with his long-time partner Pat Crilly, a man who supports so many causes and charities with his talent not only for music, but as an organiser of charitable and fundraising events. Tom will close the floor spots with four songs and a brief introduction to Retune.”

Geoff added: “Musically, very little needs to be said about Pat and Greg as they are one of our most loyal supporters and Tom has appeared over the years as a solo player, part of local legends band The Kazans and most recently as a member of the incredible duo Lozt. So, two brilliant acts guaranteed and other floor spots to be announced.

Retune founder and Indie music writer Tom Ryder supporting James Morrison at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath in June 2019
Retune founder and Indie music writer Tom Ryder supporting James Morrison at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath in June 2019

“In order to make the evening a roaring success, we need a bumper crowd so Retune can continue its ground-breaking work.”

Tom, a former Bishop’s Stortford High School student, said: “The acoustic club has always been passionate about developing creative talent, as well as showcasing high-quality external acts. I first performed there more than 15 years ago.

“Greg, who is playing alongside Pat, is a crucial part of the Retune team as well as a fine musician. I’d encourage everyone to come down and enjoy a fine evening of live music for an important cause.”

* Bishop’s Stortford Acoustic Club takes place at The Horn at the Half Moon in North Street. Doors open at 8.30pm and the music starts at 9pm. Tickets are £5 on the door.

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