Check Out Our Rethink Cheque!

Today is a momentous day in the UK today with the Mental Health (Discrimination) Act passed, scrapping unfair legislation preventing people with mental health issues from being Company Directors, sitting on a jury or being MPs. Find out more here.  All the more reason to keep on supporting mental health charities!

And so to our latest news – here at last is our beautiful presentation cheque with a BIG UP for ace designer Patrick and Fine Art Solutions who printed it in just one day:

a £1000 cheque for Rethink Mental Illness raised at The Troubadour Club  gig in November 2012!

Time to organise a presentation and hand over the real funds too. We’ll be on Facebook and Twitter about that. Before we sign off for February, a few more thank yous are due to the great artists who sang and played for the cause – give it to them, one more time:

Black River Wild, Mathew Neel, Leslie Mendelson, Dan Beaulaurier and Rogue State.

Not forgetting thanks to our wonderful venue, their brilliant team, our fantastic volunteers and everyone who came along on the night or otherwise contributed.

We’re working on some fresh gigs now and look forward to being back with details of those very soon.

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Photo Call & Thanks: The Fine Line Project Rethink Benefit

Once again, huge thanks to everyone who supported and attended this event!

Biggest thanks to all our artists without whom the evening would not have been possible: DJ Rogue State; headline band Black River Wild‘s Blake Robson, Kester Hynds and Neil Marsh (standing in on drums); Matthew Neel‘s band including Matthew himself, Luke Brighty, Ricky Barber and Jimmy Shoo; Leslie Mendelson; and Dan Beaulaurier. It was a beautiful night filled with beautiful songs. Everyone commented on the brilliant music and the great vibe. What’s more we raised a grand total of £1000 for Rethink Mental Illness. This through ticket sales on the night and subsequent donations. We’ll be presenting the Charity with a cheque in the new year – details will be posted on this page and on Facebook.

Other thanks are due to The Fine Line Project volunteers (Adam, Alex, Grace, Angelica, & James), to The Troubadour Club for hosting the event, especially to Alice for marketing support and volunteering to help on the door (also Moe, Frank, Arren and Gabor + the fabulous dancing waitress) and to Patrick Barthès who created the event graphics and took all the pictures. We’re also grateful to Fine Art Solutions for printing the best quality flyers ever. Online we had brilliant support from Stephanie, Jane, Ralph (le rock dog) and St Pauls Lifestyle, who also donated a goody bag – more news about that soon. Last but by no means least thanks to Marie and her ace publicity team at Rethink Mental Illness and Sam Afhim who spoke on behalf of the Charity on the night.

Sam Afhim from Rethink Mental Illness

Sam Afhim from Rethink Mental Illness

Without further ado, here are our favourite pics from the night.

BLACK RIVER WILD – MATTHEW NEEL – LESLIE MENDELSON – DAN BEAULAURIER

24 November 2012 – The Fine Line Project Benefit for Rethink Mental Illness at The Troubadour Club, London

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Another Fine Fine Line Project!

Black River Wild at The Fine Line Project for Rethink Benefit, Troubadour 24 11 12Our second fundraising gig at The Troubadour on Saturday has raised at least £850 for Rethink Mental Illness with a few more donations yet to come.  We’ll be sorting through the photos and doing a final tally over the next couple of days. Considering how little time we had to promote the event, we’re feeling well chuffed! Couldn’t have done it without all your help…

We’ll post up a full report and lots of thanks as soon as possible so keep an eye on the site or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news.

Meantime here’s a picture of our headline band Black River Wild performing on the night – supreme set gotta give it to them.

More soon…

Meet the Artists – The Fine Line Project Benefit for Rethink Mental Illness

Without the artistes, there’d be no event…

The Fine Line Project Benefit for Rethink Mental Illness at The Troubadour Club 24/11/12

Here’s some more info about the singers and musicians who are donating their time to entertain you on the night and raise some much needed cash and awareness for Rethink Mental Illness.

Our headline act is Black River Wild who heroically stepped into the slot at the last minute after we were let down by another act. We are doubly happy to welcome them back, particularly since we’re smitten by their sounds, which are somewhat hard to get hold of. We heard a rumour about some CDs being available at the show…

Black River Wild

What’s been said about them? “Black River Wild are a swampy urban folk-blues band delivering a stormy melting pot of foot-stomping floor fillers, plaintive ballads and captivating acoustica. The band blends whisky-soaked vocals and twanging guitar with mojo-cello, close-harmonies and bone rattling drums. It’s an emotionally charged sound that should not be missed!” Can’t say better than that..check out their sounds here then book your tickets for the show.

In the line up tomorrow Blake Robson on vocals/guitar, Kester Hynds on cello/vocals and Neil Marsh on drums.

Asked about the benefit, Black River Wild’s cellist Kester Hynds tells us:

“To be honest mental illness is not a question of if – but when. Just like physical illness there are different degrees. Some people are lucky in life and the worst they have to deal with is a common cold, but for others it could be something much more serious. Same with the mind. I myself have had a rocky road at times and been lucky to have professional support networks available to help me through the worst of it. Charities like Rethink and fund-raising efforts like the Fine Line Project help to increase awareness and resources and remove stigma, so it’s a pleasure to be a part of this! Let’s look after each other.”

We wrote about Matthew Neel in a previous post so we’ll just add a couple of his debut album reviews and a band pic here: ‘Snappy lyricism and black heart.. a competent and assured debut that promises much for the future’  Americana-UK; ‘The guitar playing and vocals in particular are very powerful, resembling a slightly folkier Eric Clapton, the cryptic nature of the lyrics resemble Elliot Smith and the overall playful nature of the ‘gypsy folk’ music resemble Camper Van Beethoven. All in all, this is a very interesting sound that works extremely well with Matthew’s songwriting abilities’ Miccontrol.com

Matthew Neel Band

Matthew Neel’s band includes Luke Brighty on guitar, Ricky Barber on bass and Jimmy Shoo on drums.

DJ Rogue State is also back to support the Project for a second time and here’s what he has to say:

Mental health issues can affect anyone, it’s definitely a fine line. There’s a lot of stigma surrounding it all and I support The Fine Line Project as it raises money and awareness for charities that, from my own personal experience can really help.”

Rogue StateRogue State has been producing and DJ’ing since the late 90’s, evolving with the UK underground dance scene. A pioneer of early Sheffield dubstep, Rogue now lives in London, continuing to move forward, blending the freshest sounds and rhythms in his own way. As one half of the management for R8 Records, he has helped establish many talented artists and residents on the crews Sub.fm radio show.

With critical acclaim for his releases from the likes of the Beastie Boys and Mary Anne Hobbs, Rogue continues to surprise the dance floors with rumbling riddims!

Check the music link in a previous post.

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson, who we also wrote about in a previous post is a New York City native, currently in the UK developing her next album.

Leslie MendelsonAsked about the Troubadour benefit, she said: “Given how many people’s lives are touched by mental health issues – 1 in 4 worldwide – I’m really happy to be contributing to the Fine Line Project’s event. Because of the global recession more people and services are feeling the pressure so I think it’s especially important that we all try and play a part in supporting charities like Rethink in whatever way that we can.”

Dan Beaulaurier, who’s also from the US is now opening The Fine Line Project show.

Originally from Northern California, Dan is based in London, where he plays in the bands Norton Money and Grace Solero. His music is best filed under Americana brooding space psyched anticipation indie rock. More info at www.danbeaulaurier.com.

Dan Beaulaurier London 7 February 2012

Well that just about rounds things up until tomorrow night at The Troubadour Club. Looking forward to it – going to be another fantastic Fine Line Project. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, here’s the link and see you there! If you can’t make it, you can still donate to the cause and we’ll be posting some fresh pictures on these pages after the show.

The Fine Line Project’s Rethink Benefit at The Troubadour – Full Line Up & Ticket Link!

Woo-hoo, we’ve finalised the line up!

The gig will now kick off with seasoned singer songwriter Dan Beaulaurier, followed by an acoustic set by the hotly tipped Leslie Mendelson. Matthew Neel and his seamlessly accomplished band are on next with Black River Wild rounding things off with a scorching headline set. Stay up even later and enjoy the sounds of DJ Rogue State spinning the decks into the early hours.

All this talent in one night and it’s all in aid of Rethink Mental Illness. With BIGGEST thanks to all the artists performing on the night. We’ll post a list of band members and some pictures following the event.

Meantime, please show your support – book tickets for the show and share this link to spread the word.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Fine Line Project Benefit for Rethink Mental Illness at The Troubadour Club 24/11/12

Cheque Presentation to Mind

We were delighted to present a cheque for £1050 to Richmond Mind’s director Val Farmer a couple of weeks ago. The event took place at The Troubadour in Earls Court, London, where our last fundraising gig was hosted. The cheque was handed over in the presence of one of the Club’s directors, Susie Thornhill.

The Fine Line Project cheque for Mind designed by Patrick Barthes

Our designer Patrick Barthès created a wonderful fake cheque for the occasion which we’ve reproduced here, another opportunity to thank everyone involved especially the artists who performed at the fundraiser: BluesClub, Yolanda Charles’ The Deep Mo, Black River Wild, Max Fletcher and last but by no means least, DJ Liam Rogue State Wild.

We’re also grateful to our own team, The Troubadour’s, Richmond Borough Mind’s and Armadillo Central’s, not forgetting all the wonderful people who bought tickets and donated their money, time, energy and skills to make the event such a success. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We’re now working on the next gig so watch this space for more news. We’ll also be posting updates on Facebook and Twitter. To receive news by email please ask to join the mailing list by sending a message to: thefinelineproject *at* gmail.com.

Troubadour Encore – some more pics for your delectation

Photographer Patrick Barthes has just resurfaced with some more shots from The Fine Line Project Mind Benefit at The Troubadour.

And we’ve had some more donations in. Cheque presentation story coming up soon, in the meantime, hope you enjoy these…

BLUESCLUB BAND

YOLANDA CHARLES’ THE DEEP MO

BLACK RIVER WILD

Live at The Troubadour Club, June 2012 forThe Fine Line Project Mind Benefit.

If you’re using any of these pictures for publication elsewhere on the web, please respect copyright conventions and be sure to credit both the photographer and The Fine Line Project. If you want prints, please get in touch with us. Thank you! It’s all for a good cause.