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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The Fine Line Project November 2012 Music Benefit for Rethink Mental Illness

Time to announce a few gig details! For those of you who’ve been watching this page, our second music benefit, hosted once again by the legendary (it really is!) Troubadour Club in London, is in aid of Rethink Mental Illness and in support of the ground-breaking Time to Change campaign (run with Mind), which is England’s most ambitious programme to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.

We’re really excited to have the evening open with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson from New York. Leslie was spotted by Joel Dorn, the legendary Grammy Award winning producer and record label exec, who helped her sign her first record deal. The young singer then worked alongside hit songwriter Steve McEwan (Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Eminem) and award winning producer/arranger Rob Mounsey (Paul Simon, Mary J. Blige, Steely Dan) to shape the sound of her album, Swan Feathers, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009. Leslie has since played all over the US, sharing the stage with legends such as Roberta Flack, Dr. John and Levon Helm from The Band. The songs Turn It Over and Be My Baby from Swan Feathers were featured in the AMC show Rubicon and the Lifetime original movie Too Late To Say Goodbye starring Rob Lowe.  All Come Together was featured in the 2011 Yahoo End Of Year campaign. Leslie is working on a new album scheduled for release in early 2013.

You can check out her sounds here: Leslie Mendelson live.

Next on stage will be the hugely talented Matthew Neel and his brilliant band. Their New Maps of Hell album has been described as “Unique and totally mesmerising, this is an album which proves difficult to turn off”. Read the full run down of accolades on Matthew’s website. In his own words: “I left school at 18 and came straight to London with the express intention of joining a band. Via the back pages of Melody Maker, I found one. We were not good. After a year or so I stole the guitarist and went off to form a new band, then spent a couple of years firing everyone and finding sparkly, talented new people to put in their places. We lasted a few years but eventually became allergic to each-other, dying of toxic shock in a rehearsal room in Putney. Since then, thanks to snapping my wrist and not being able to strum for 8 months I taught myself to fingerpick, and from there came new songs and an album. I’ve always been a sucker for dark folkiness and recently this is the way the songs seem to go. The lovely Luke Brighty plays guitar, Ricky Barber is managing bass duties, Jimmy Shoo is tub-thumping.”

Check out Matthew’s site and sounds here: http://www.matthewneel.com/

Living up to our name, The Fine Line Project’s headline act is due to be announced shortly.

Last but by no means least, the evening will be rounded off by regular Fine Line Project supporter, ace DJ and record producer Liam Rogue State Wild aka UK Rogue State, who will spin his grooves into the early hours. Liam, who hails from Sheffield, has DJ’d all over the UK and Europe and enjoys a massive following wherever and whenever he shares his unique blend of sounds. We’re so happy to have him on board for a second round of great music.

Hear some of Liam’s sounds: http://soundcloud.com/ukroguestate

Here’s how the flyer is shaping up so far…with big thanks to Patrick for the graphics!

Tickets will go on sale once we’ve annouced our headline act. You can join the mailing list to get advance notice of ticket sales by emailing thefinelineproject*(@)*gmail.com. We’ll also post up details on our Facebook events page along with links to our guest artists’ pages.

Link through to Rethink and the Time to Change campaign websites to find out more about them, or check on our Charities and Support page.

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.

Today’s the Day…

Yes, yes, the gig’s today!

Last few tickets will be on the door at The Troubadour Club, London at 8 (show starts 8.30) – £15.

Who’s playing?

Here’s the full line up:

BLUESCLUB: William Topley, Guy Fletcher, John Illsley, Robbie McIntosh, Danny Cummings, Peter Hope-Evans

YOLANDA CHARLES’ THE DEEP MO: Yolanda Charles, Mike Winawer, Jack Pollitt, John Robertson, Rickardo Reid

BLACK RIVER WILD: Kester Hynds, Blake Robson, Jamie Shaw

MAX FLETCHER

LIAM ROGUE STATE WILD

That’s a lot of talent, all under one roof tonight. Look forward to seeing you there!

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