Virtual gigs from local musicians raise over £1,500 for Naomi House & Jacksplace

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On Monday 30th March, Naomi House & Jacksplace, the region’s hospice charity for seriously ill children and young adults, launched Naomi & Jack’s Sessions, a series of virtual charity gigs on Facebook Live.

The first set of musicians, who streamed live from their own Facebook and Instagram pages, were Matisse, lead vocalist of FLOWVERS and Harvey Jay Dodgson, from Portsmouth, Ollie Wade and Emilia Tarrant, from Winchester and Michael Baker from Brighton. Each musician streamed their live gig and encouraged viewers to donate to Naomi House & Jacksplace. This resulted in more than £1,500 in donations across the five live gigs throughout the week.

The hospice charity plans to continue Naomi & Jack’s Sessions for the foreseeable future and have already confirmed the lineup for the next couple of weeks. The artists streaming live from Tuesday 7 April are Helena Mace, a country singer-songwriter from Bournemouth, Joe Bradwell, an 18 year old performer from Portsmouth, Ollie Butler, lead vocalist of alternative rock band, Minus Alive, from Southampton, and Fugitive Orchestra, an alternative jazz-infused, bluesy hip-pop artist from Portsmouth. Bristol country singer, Danielle Celeste, launched this week’s gigs last night, with a solo acoustic set.

Ollie Butler is a singer-songwriter from Southampton. He is the lead vocalist in Minus Alive, an alternative rock band of four. Ollie is a true guitar hero and a firm favourite on the Southampton music scene, regularly playing live gigs across the city. Ollie will be streaming live from his Facebook page on Thursday 9th April, playing a solo acoustic set.

To watch the live virtual gigs, viewers will need to visit the individual musician’s Facebook page at 8pm. Naomi House & Jacksplace has provided links to the live gigs on its website, alongside next week’s line up, here: www.naomihouse.org.uk/naomi-jacks-sessions

Donations to the charity via Facebook Donate are encouraged to help support the children’s hospice in these difficult times, which has temporarily had to suspend its respite care.