Liverpool's Colin Vearncombe (aka Black) has
PROMOTER Manilla PR have informed us of the death of Colin
Vearncombe, who never regained consciousness following a road traffic accident
that he had earlier this month. Colin died peacefully, on Tuesday, 26 January
2016, surrounded by his family who were singing him on his way. His wife Camilla
and his 3 sons paid tribute to the staff at the Intensive Treatment Unit of Cork
University Hospital saying:- "Colin received the best possible care from
the expert and highly professional staff there and we are deeply grateful for
everything they did. The funeral will be a private one, but
we will be holding a memorial service for him in Liverpool in the near future as
we know there are many, many people who will want to celebrate Colin's life and
work. The date and time will be announced in due course, along with details of a
charity to which any donations in memory of Colin can be made." They
also added:- "No need to laugh or cry... It's a wonderful, wonderful
Colin Vearncombe enjoyed mainstream success in the late 1980's under the name
Black when 'Wonderful Life' became a massive hit worldwide. The
album of the same name, released in 1987, had similar success, reaping
commercial, critical acclaim and in the process selling over two million records
worldwide with Comedy (1988) and Black (1991). In 1991 he launch his owned
independent label Nero Schwarz. 15 albums followed in the intervening 25 years.
His most recent album:- 'Blind Faith', was funded by a popular
crowd funding campaign. Released in the summer of 2015 it received glowing
reviews across the press, including 4 stars in The Guardian and showed the
Liverpool born singer was back to his creative best. The Guardian said:-
"Blind Faith is an album by a man very much in control of his gifts."
You can see the video's to the double A single 'Womanly
Panther / When It's Over' from the album 'Blind Faith'
released last year at:- 'Womanly Panther' on
YouTube and 'When It's Over' on
In the past 3 years Vearncombe had made a successful return to touring, having
completed 5 headline tours in the UK as well as across Europe. His most recent
TV appearance was in November 2015 when he recorded a Catalan version of
Wonderful Life as a fundraiser for the Catalan telethon La Marató de TV3. His
recording has helped raise over seven million pounds for the charity. You
can see the performance on
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Thomas Cook Children's Charity supports
therapy tricycle initiative for disabled children
CAUDWELL Children, the national charity that provides
practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has
announced that it has been awarded a grant of £10,000 by the Thomas Cook
Children's Charity, to provide specialist therapy tricycles for disabled
children across the UK. The award will enable Caudwell Children to support
30 disabled children throughout 2016.
Julia Hayne, Head of Community Programmes, at Caudwell Children says that the
equipment is potential life changing. As she explained:- "The tricycles
are individually designed to meet the needs of each disabled child and they
assist them in their physical development. They have been engineered to make
pedalling much easier and they are extremely stable and safe. They reduce the
need for painful physiotherapy; they flex, extend and stretch muscles and build
muscle tone and they promote play, which gives children a renewed sense of
inclusion, improving self esteem and confidence."
Caudwell Children recently supported 2 year old Ryan Cunningham, from Ebbw Vale,
with the provision of a specialist tricycle. He has hemiplegia cerebral palsy, a
condition that affects his movement and posture, and he doesn't have the muscle
development to ride a standard bicycle.
His Mum, Cassandra, aged 28, says that the tricycle has not only helped her son,
but has also had a positive impact on the whole family. She said:- "I
can't really put into words what it means to Ryan. He's a very active little
boy, despite being unable to walk or stand without support, and he used to get
so frustrated when he couldn't go outside. So the tricycle has been fantastic
and he simply loves it. He's been out peddling after his dad with a huge smile
on his face. It's made everyone so happy. Now he doesn't have to sit on the
sideline anymore, he can join in with his 4 year old brother Isaac and his
friends. Not only that he's exercising without really noticing, ensuring that
his muscle development keeps up with his bone growth."
The Thomas Cook Children's Charity was established with the intention of
improving children's lives. Since 2009 it has raised more than £7 million for
charities that work with children in the UK and overseas by offering customers
the opportunity to donate when they book a holiday; collecting unwanted coins in
store and on return flights to the UK with their airline; and through employee
Julia says that support from Thomas Cook Children's Charity is vital in ensuring
the wellbeing of disabled children. She said:- "A staggering 78% of
disabled children have no access to activities outside of their home, whilst 75%
of families with disabled children say that they feel so isolated that it has
caused anxiety and depression. This grant will ensure the health and wellbeing
of other children like Ryan, and the 30 children that we support will get huge
physical and emotional benefits from having a specially adapted tricycle."
You can donate to Caudwell Children at:-
Joe Bonamassa to
Headline Lancashire's Symphony at the Tower 2016
US blues and rock musician Joe
Bonamassa is to headline at Lancashire's spectacular Symphony at the Tower
event as part of only 5 UK dates in 2016. Billed as:- 'Joe
Bonassa in Concert - A salute to the British Blues Explosion',
Bonamassa will pay homage to some of the best blues rock guitarists playing
the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
The concert is part of St Catherine's Hospice Symphony at the Tower weekend
at Hoghton Tower and will take place on Saturday, 2 July 2016.
Joe Bonamassa's love of the British Blues is at the heart of his musicial
inspiration; and, for the 1st time, he will perform this unique concert
tribute giving music fans across the North West and beyond the opportunity
to hear some of the finest Blues ever produced.
"If it wasn't for certain British musicians of the early 1960s, the Blues
may well never have exploded into Rock music as we know it today, and indeed
may have passed into history." says Bonamassa.
Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page are
some of the greatest guitarists of their time that influenced Joe
Bonamassa's career. All 3 are Yardbirds alumni, and indeed actually all
played together at one time in the same band. Jimmy Page went on to form Led
Zeppelin, which became the ultimate electric Blues band and both Eric
Clapton and Jeff Beck became international superstars in their own right.
The announcement Bonamassa is to play Symphony at the Tower comes after it
was revealed pop favourite Will Young will headline the opening night of the
3 day event, on Friday, 1 July 2016.
It will close on Sunday, 3 July 2016 with the Symphony Spectacular; a
classical Proms style concert for all the family to enjoy; going back to the
roots of the original event featuring a live orchestra, picnics, family fun
and fireworks. Presented by music promoters Cuffe and Taylor, Symphony at
the Tower, which celebrates its 21st birthday this year, is a huge
fundraiser for Lostock Hall based St Catherine's Hospice with all profits
used by the hospice.
Lorraine Charlesworth, Director of Income Generation at St Catherine's
Hospice, said:- "We're very excited to announce Joe Bonamassa as our
Saturday night act as he'll bring something a little bit different to our
21st birthday Symphony. We hope lots of St Catherine's supporters, along
with rock and blues fans from across the region, will turn out for a great
night of music in aid of a wonderful cause."
Cuffe and Taylor are responsible for sourcing the acts for Symphony at the
Tower and Director Peter Taylor added that 2016 is shaping up to be a great
Peter Taylor said:- "Joe Bonamassa for Symphony at the Tower is a once
in a lifetime concert experience not to be missed and, coupled with the fact
it is in support of St Catherine's Hospice, this is going to be a very
St Catherine's Hospice 1st started Symphony at the Tower back in 1995 as a 1
day live music event. Cuffe and Taylor came on board in 2013 extending it to
a 2 day event and this year it becomes a 3 day event for the 1st time.
In 2015 Symphony at the Tower celebrated its 20th anniversary while the
hospice celebrated its 30th birthday.
For more information about Symphony at the Tower and to register for updates
CuffeAndTaylor.com Tickets are available from Planet
as well as from:-
also by calling:- 0844 844 0444.
They are also available direct from St Catherine's Hospice or via:-
The Mill Cafe in Lostock Lane, Lostock Hall, Preston, PR5 5XU, UK.