Making music in memory of John

LOCAL musicians are pulling together to stage a memorial concert for a Bridlington guitarist who helped many a budding act onto the stage.

John Newsome, 46, suffered a fatal aneurism at Scarborough Hospital on May 25, shortly after returning from a holiday abroad.

He played rhythm guitar for Bridlington pop/punk band Too Orangey for Crows and was a co-founder of the long-running Brid Jam Night, held originally at the Football Club then in recent years at the Londesborough Hotel.

John's former bandmate and co-founder of the Jam Night, Dave Allott, has helped organise a tribute concert for John at the Londesborough Hotel this Saturday, June 26, from 6pm.

"He helped many a young musician and band to get started on the performing ladder and was always on hand to lend equipment, engineer a band's sound, give technical advice and encouragement," said Dave.

"The Jam Nights gave young Bridlington musicians the opportunity to play live - some of them for the first time - in front of a 'kind' appreciative audience.

"He helped many young bands take their first steps towards performing regular gigs and he is a big loss to Bridlington's music scene as well as to all his friends and family who loved him so much."

Saturday's memorial concert will see dozens of local musicians take to the stage in John's memory, including; Ben Parcell, Tauro, Bad Panda, Reece Wilde, Alice In Thunderland, Castles Made Of Sand, Go Kommando and Too Orangey For Crows.

The evening will also be a fund-raiser for the British Heart Foundation and a charity auction will be held during the evening.