MUSICIANS and local performers are doing their bit to support charitable efforts for Ukraine. The concert at Spire Church, Farnham, a few weeks ago raised more than £2,700.

Meanwhile local band Hurly Burly, who are playing at The Plough, Farnham, this Friday night, have their song Madness on an album called A demo for Ukraine. It is a compilation album which will be released on all major digital platforms to raise funds for the humanitarian effort via The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

It is organised by Paul Evans Music (

Rushmoor Male Voice Choir will be singing at North Camp Methodist Church in Farnborough on Saturday, April 30. There is free entry with a retiring collection for the choir funds and donation to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund.

Farnham Maltings’ Lunchtime Jazz returns on April 28 with two special guests. Trombonist Edwin ‘Boots’ Baker has been a stalwart of the jazz scene locally and nationally for many years. From appearances with the band of clarinet player Alvin Roy at the 100 Club in London in the early 70s through to the ska band Key Lime Pi, Boots has brought his glorious tone and effortless lyricism to a wide variety of musical styles during his career.

They also welcome back Terence Collie, who impressed the audience so much with his inventive playing on his previous visit to the Maltings.

The line-up is completed by Marianne Windham on double bass and Alex Forsyth on saxophone. Entry is £8 and it starts at 1pm ( .

Weyfest, which takes place at the Rural Life Living Museum, Tilford, have announced 10cc as headliner for Sunday, August 21.

Already announced are Del Amitri to headline on Friday, August 19 and Billy Ocean on the Saturday. It’s a  family-friendly festival with four stages of great music – highly recommended! Tickets at

Have you ever thought about learning a musical instrument or enhancing your skills? There are many good music teachers around the area.

If you are looking for music tuition here are some I can recommend:

It’s Record Store Day this Saturday so I’m sure it will be a bumper day for our local record shops.

Some to check out are 101 Collectors Records, Farnham – also available in the town are vinyl records and CDs at Oxfam Books and Music), Ben’s Collectors Records in Guildford and Record Corner, Godalming. These independent shops have a great selection and will normally order in new releases for you.

My monthly open mic returns to The Plough, Farnham next Tuesday (April 26) – do pop by if you’re around, and entry is free.

Gig Guide (free entry and 8pm unless stated)

Thursday, April 21

  • Jordan Hearnden and Sidney Dejorey at The Mulberry, Farnham
  • Open Mic at The Good Intent, Petersfield

Friday, April 22

  • Hurly Burly at The Plough, Farnham

Saturday, April 23

  • Congakeyz at The Plough, Farnham

Sunday, April 24

  • Claudia Stark at The Mulberry, Farnham

Monday, April 25

  • Acoustic Café at Rose and Crown, Sandhurst

Tuesday, April 26

  • Vic’s Buskers Open Mic at The Plough, Farnham
  • Unplug The Wood at the Lion Brewery, Ash
  • Julie’s Open Mic at Village Inn, Sandhurst

Wednesday, April 27

  • Jam Night at The Plough, Farnham
  • GT Live Sessions at The Britannia, Guildford

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