New Mills benefit gig for victims of typhoon disaster

Shep's Banjo Boys Trio
Shep's Banjo Boys Trio
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A special Valentine’s night benefit gig to help victims of the Philippines typhoon disaster is to take place at Spring Bank Arts in New Mills.

The Big Love Music Night on Friday February 14 will feature three hours of great music by four live bands, all of which are giving up their time for free in aid of the ongoing aid relief appeal.

Tame Valley Stompers

Tame Valley Stompers

The programme of highly-skilled musicians includes Cookin on G.A.S, a three-piece specialising in the Great American Songbook, and Shep’s Banjo Boys Trio, featuring former members of Howard ‘Shep’ Shepherd’s glorious band of the 1980s.

In musical contrast is Cliff Brass, Charlie Copestake’s fabulous foursome which will provide some real swinging brass. Ashton-based six-piece Tame Valley Stompers complete the line-up.

The event is the brainchild of well-known professional jazz musician Mike Dexter, from New Mills. Organisers have already obtained sponsorship and support from local shops and commerce in excess of £400, and hope ticket sales and a raffle on the night will swell the total for The Philippines Disaster Relief Fund to around £2,000.

Tickets for the fundraiser, which starts at 7.30pm, are priced £10 in advance, or £12 on the door depending on availability. They are available from Spring Bank Arts on 01663 308202 or High Street Books on 01663 308212.

This is an all-seated event and ticket sales are capped at maximum capacity. A licensed bar will be available. For more details, visit