A small group of Solent students have broken the mould and with a one-off gig and charity single.
These three students, Pattrik Callingham, Jess Cook and Sam Causley, are known as Small Voyages Productions and their plan is to raise money for the Red and White Appeal.
Ellen Tout went along to the gig, on 22 March 2011, to find out more.
The Red and White Appeal, set up by Southampton Hospital Charity, aims to raise £2.2 million. This money will fund a specialist treatment centre for patients with leukaemia and other blood disorders from across Hampshire and further a field.
Southampton Hospital Charity said: “Huge thanks to Small Voyages for your brilliant track. The support really is appreciated and will make such a difference to patients with blood disorders at Southampton General Hospital.”
The gig, at Southampton’s Goblets venue, kicks off with a performance by Marwood. The boys set the tone for the evening- the gig clearly isn’t just about raising money, it’s also about showcasing the talent of Solent’s music students. This group’s unstoppable sound and cutting vocals could rival those of any stadium headliner.
Next up is Boxer who fills the intimate venue with Frank Turner-esque vocals and flawless acoustics. Stood solo with his guitar, he puts his soul into every note and even manages to thrown in a mention for the Red and White cakes on sale in the corner.
The evening continues and with a surprise acoustic set from Cardinals, followed by the long-awaited performance of the charity single- The Place I Call Home.There’s a really sense of unity as they sing. The seven-strong group have clearly been building up to this moment and it’s a success.
The single, performed live for the first and last time, is quirky and easily loveable. Most importantly, the track is available for download via http://smallvoyagesproductions.bandcamp.com/ with all proceeds going to the Red and White Appeal.
The evening finishes just as it began, with a dose of good music. The Beatitudes bring the night to a close with a touch of style and classic Indie tunes.
A good night all round and who could argue with that- especially as it’s with such an important cause in mind.