Happy New Year! A big year ahead.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We’re a week into the new year now, and 2014 is just a (not so) distant memory. And what a year it was!!

It was our first ever Lungfest year, and I’m glad to say it was a great success! We held numerous gigs around the country under the Lungfest name, and to top it all we produced a double A side single and released it to the world.

Lungfest

Lungfest

We were lucky to have a few media appearances on tv, radio and in the papers which helped our profile and extended our message to reach even more people! The message was so important too, a thank you, but also a reminder of how we can all help. It’s so easy to sign up to the donor register, if only 1 person did because of our events and publicity then we did a great job.

It’s not just the importance of awareness either, we managed to raise some fantastic funding for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to help with all the great work it does. So far we have raised over £5000 which makes me incredibly grateful to anybody and everybody who has helped, and of course everyone who has donated.

For me this is just the beginning. I am only here because of one individual’s selfless decision to agree to donate their organs to someone in need. Although it’s tragic to think of one person losing their life, it’s amazing to think that by doing so they can save another. My donor saved my life!

As my song states, all I can do is say thank you. All of this is just as motivated by my desire to show my gratitude as to raise awareness and funds. And that’s the reason I want to make Lungfest even more successful. This year’s plans have started taking shape and I’m eagerly awaiting being able to let you all know the shape of them once they’re fully confirmed.

A fight we can win.

So I invite each and every one of you to get involved in any way you choose, big or small! It’s not just for me, it’s for everyone. We could all potentially one day benefit from organ donation. And the chances are that a great deal of you reading this know someone or are yourselves impacted by cystic fibrosis. So thanks for the help so far. And let’s keep working hard.

I am very proud of what we have achieved to date. You should be proud too for the support you’ve offered. But let’s make this year even better still! 😉

Thank you again to all who have supported.

Happy new year everyone and all the best for 2015. Breathe easy.

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50 days of thanks!

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Well, that was a pretty fantastic night then.  It was a long time planning, and recovering, but the Lungfest single launch gig was a huge success! We managed a great turn out and were treated to some fantastic performances. Everyone looked to be having a great night and more importantly those buckets filled up!  You can see the accumulated delight of that night in the photographs in this post, all very kindly provided by  Zak Chowdhury at Screen Break Photography.

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Martin Cooper kicked things off for us with a wonderful solo performance including a rendition of 65Roses. As you should know the song makes up the second half of our ‘2 for 1’ single release for the CF Trust.

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Following on we had David Strafford who deserves an extra round of applause. David agreed to play with only one hour’s notice. Filling in for an act caught short by unforeseen circumstances, David still pulled out a superb set despite having no warning and no warmup!

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Rosco McCabe then made his second Lungfest appearance. This time he brought the rest of the band, ‘The Dirty Plains’. Again it was a really great set and the intensity of the evening stepped up a bit with some good old rock n roll blues tracks! They even threw in a bass solo as one of the many highlights. Luckily despite things hotting up and the excitement building Martin Cooper did a great job as the master of ceremonies, helping keeping the night rolling on the right tracks.

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Finally Modern Sound Library took to the stage with special guest Kesiah Hodgson. After opening with a track penned by Kesiah and Dane from MSL the band played a solid set on what was an emotional evening for Dane . In his own words – “with all my family and friends there who had supported and helped me develop Lungfest, I was immensely proud to share the evening with them.”

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The last song of the night was of course Thank You and it was a fitting end to a great campaign. The song itself and the campaign in general has been so well received, I’m so thankful for all the support that people have given us to get here. And don’t forget the songs are still available from all good download sites and we hope to keep selling!

Whilst the 50 days of Lungfest have come to an end, our ambition for the overall project has just begun! We still have Lungfest gigs taking place including one in Deeside and one in Eastbourne coming up over the next couple of months. So keep checking http://www.lungfest.co.uk as well as Facebook and twitter for more details.

All that is left to say for now is a huge thank you to all those who have been a part of Lungfest so far. Thanks especially of course to the Eagle inn pub and Esther who have been so supportive over the last few months and have donated massively to the cause. We hope this is just the beginning of our adventure!!

So while the big round of fireworks have gone off, the show has played and the curtain has fallen, never fear. There are always more fireworks. And with a cause this important, well we’d be rude to not plan for more!

Tonight is the big night!

Get ready to launch!

Get ready to launch!

It’s finally here!  The culmination of 50 days of hard work, and a whole lot of fun too I hope!

It was six years ago to the day that Dane got the life saving call for some new lungs.  He was given the greatest gift in the world, and yet despite that he can never meet the person who gave it him. Lungfest is all about Dane saying thank you.  And tonight is the biggest thank you of them all.

(Not actual lungs)

(Not actual lungs)

This week the song ‘Thank You‘ has been released as a tribute to Dane’s donor.  And then tonight is possibly the most important gig he will ever play.  This is the culmination of all the planning and hard work Dane has put in.  More than that though, it’s a celebration of life!  So get along and celebrate with him, you know you want to!  You can get your tickets here.

Tonight is all about thank yous and I invite you all to join us. You can also buy our single, and in case you haven’t already, please go ahead and sign the donor register.  Because what’s the best way to celebrate life than to help someone else’s continue?

Lungfest : Breathe With Me

Breathe With Me - Lungfest

Breathe With Me – Lungfest

Lungfest HQ is delighted to announce another gig that will take place to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis.

Breathe With Me

Breathe With Me

 The team behind the song ‘Breathe with me’ featuring annaJo are to host an evening of musical entertainment at The Tanners arms in Horsham.  Described by Louder Than The Music as ‘a wonderful and exciting find’, annaJo grew up in Sussex and began writing songs at the age of thirteen.  If you remember we posted about the great work of annaJo and Breathe With Me before, but if you want to remind yourself you can find it here!

Chelle Dean

Chelle Dean

Music will also be served up on a delightful platter by the wonderful Chelle Dean.  Hailing from Peterborough’s band circuit, Chelle moved ‘down south’ and has a growing reputation as a solo acoustic performer. She uses her fantastic voice in singing both original songs and distinctively eclectic covers – from raucous, blistering belters to heartfelt renditions that stir the soul.  It’s a chance to witness that rare gift of singing with real emotion.

The gig will take place on Sat 9th August with performances from Jodie Munday and the aforementioned Chelle Dean and annaJo amongst others. There will also be a preview playing of ‘Thank You’, the single written as a tribute to a donor who’s lungs saved the life of Dane, the driving force behind Lungfest and a CF sufferer. So if you’re in the area then get involved, get out and support a good cause and have a fantastic time along with it.

Thank You will be released on the 11th Aug and will be available to download from all good online stores!

Whiskey Friday

Friday Whiskey!

Friday Whiskey!

We’re a good way into Lungfest now but there’s still plenty of fun to come. This Friday is a fine example! We’ve got more excitement lined up, this time at The Whiskey Jar in Manchester from 7.30PM.

The festivities were due to be headlined by the wonderful John Ainsworth. A special shout out has to go to John’s dedication to the cause. Despite breaking his leg last week he was still willing to soldier on to perform as part of Lungfest this Friday, sadly though it looks like he’s going to have to miss out to rest up.  I think more than most we’re a festival that accepts these things happen!

Although John can’t make it we’ve still got 3 great acts for you, starting with the wonderful Roscoe McCabe.  Roscoe is a singer songwriter based in Manchester and we’re delighted to have him join us.  Alongside him we have Rachel Hillary. Rachel will add a charming twist of nu-folk to proceedings that fans of the likes of Feist, Birdy, Melanie Safka and Bob Dylan should love. If you don’t love Bob Dylan, you probably don’t love any kind of music and should probably avoid going to gigs anyway.

Finally we have the fantastic Jade Mannion. Jade has been a great supporter of Lungfest and is the driving force behind this gig. She even said a few words on why she wanted to get involved :

The reason I wanted to get involved in raising money for cystic fibrosis is because I used to be one of the people who was totally unaware of what cystic fibrosis was, and the effect it has on people’s lives. It wasn’t until I started working with Dane that I actually learnt about CF in depth. That made me want to get involved in firstly raising awareness so that more people know how serious it is, and raising money towards further research to find a cure. As Dane said ‘severe disability cannot always be visible’.

 So thanks to Jade for her kind words, and thanks and best wishes to John too.  Even if he couldn’t make it, we’re really thankful he tried.  And of course a huge thanks to Rachel and Roscoe too.  It’s your help that makes this whole thing possible.

It’s going to be a fantastic night, so get your tickets now if you haven’t already. Lungfest is ready to rock your socks off. Or in this case, possibly your caste.

Lungfest fantastic! Two weeks in.

Getting the party started!

A fight we must win!

It’s two weeks into Lungfest now and things are going fantastically.  Everyone has been incredibly supportive and engaged and we’re really glad of all that’s happened so far.  There’s still lots to come of course but it seems like a great time to reflect on some of the events that have happened already.

The launch gig

The launch gig

Launch night was held by the marvellous The Social Leftover, fronted by Alethea, who like Dane is the lucky recipient of a double lung transplant.  It was fantastic to see someone else involved who has this cause so close to their heart (or lungs?) and it was a great launch for Lungfest.  The wonderful Jade Ann opened up proceedings and Alethea followed it up fantastically with her own new Lungs.  Great work folks!

More Lungfest fun!

More Lungfest fun!

The second Lungfest event took a turn for the fashionable with the 65 Roses fashion show.  Terri-Ann hosted a great evening of music and fashion. All the models were amazing and there were some great performances from Charlotte Mckelvie, Roy Brandon and MSL acoustic featuring Keziah Hodgson. We also had some great help from Hayley Ruffley, Alison Hodgson & Rachael Aron. And of course thanks to Modo for allowing us to host the event there!  Lungfest with a fashionable twist.  It’s set the bar high for appropriate gig outfits for the upcoming events…

Devil in my Bones

Devil in my Bones

The third Lungfest gig saw Devil in my Bones host anther great night of music. The band were awesome! Supported again by MSL acoustic and Kesiah Hodgson. It was a more intimate gig, being as it was on a Monday night, but everyone enjoyed it and once again a huge thank you goes to the Eagle Inn and Esther for being our amazing hosts! We also need say a special thanks to James Gebhard for giving up his free time (In between tours) to be our sound engineer for the night.

MSL

MSL

It’s amazing to see things rolling now.  After all the build up it’s a relief to get the message out there, and to know there’s a lot more message to come!  As always thanks to everyone involved for their time and effort.  And remember, there’s plenty more still to come.  You can check our website for further details or simply check the blog calendar!  We’re always keen for more awareness so if you can share, tweet, send more of those pigeons out with little messages about Lungfest that’s always appreciated.  Don’t forget to head along to the gigs too!  It’s about having fun, and doing it for a good cause at the same time.

Sign up to be a superhero today!

Be a superhero!

Be a superhero!

Here at Lungfest it’s a pretty important week.  Not only is it in the midst of #50daysoflungest but it’s also the NHS National Transplant Week!

We’ve talked about this before, but it’s important enough that it most definitely should be spoken of again.  Dane was lucky enough to receive a double lung transplant in 2008. After living with C.F. all of his life he was fighting a losing the battle. And all it took was one person signing up to a simple register to save his life, even though sadly their own was over.  If that’s not being a superhero then I don’t know what is.

So I’ll ask again like I’ve asked before.  Please take the 30 seconds to sign up for the donor register if you have not already.  30 seconds to save a life?  That’s not a bad deal.  If you want, I’ll still let you pick your own superhero name.  Everyone wants to be a superhero, right?

 

 

Devil in My Bones

Devil in My Bones

Devil in My Bones

 

Now a quick introduction to Devil in My Bones.  We’re delighted to have them involved in Lungfest and looking forward to their gig on the 7th of July!

Devil in My Bones are an alternate rock band based in Manchester, England. The line-up consists of lead vocalist Leonard Hammersley, lead guitarist Sword in Air, Bassist Yacine Altmayer and ex Motions drummer Luke Thorpe.

Over the last year the four-piece have been touring around the UK captivating audiences with their dynamic performances and versatile genre. They are also currently in the studio recording a Ep due to be released in the autumn of 2014.

They have recently teamed up with promoter Dane Pollard in order to raise funds for the charity Lungfest in aid of cystic fibrosis and organ donation. The band are excited to bring there live music to Manchester and to have the opportunity to get involved with such a positive charity event. They play on the 7th July at the Eagle in Salford. Get down.

Tickets available on the door.

 

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Devil in My Bones

 

Dane Pollard, aka The Big Boss : Why I Wanted to Help

Modern Sound Library

Modern Sound Library

 

Hello readers! I’m Dane and I have cystic fibrosis. Given Lungfest is my brainchild I thought it about time I introduced myself on the blog and told you my own motivation for the project as a whole.

In August 2008 I was lucky enough to receive a double lung transplant that literally saved my life. It’s a difficult thing to go through, and it made me eternally grateful to one generous person who gave me another future. So to say thank you I have started the Lungfest campaign to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis and organ donation. I have written and recorded a song called ‘Thank You’, with my band Modern Sound Library, as a tribute to my donor. They are the one person I’m most thankful for giving me this chance. They’re also the one person I can’t truly thank. This song, and this campaign, is for them as much as anything else.

I’ve always loved music. So it seemed the best avenue I could use to express that thanks. I’ve played guitar for 20 years, and was in a few bands prior to my transplant. In fact I think I’ve been in bands for about 17 years now. Back then were the days of smoking in pubs however and that, on top of my worsening Cystic Fibrosis, gradually put an end to that passion a few years before my transplant. I wasn’t ready to give up on music though. I moved to Manchester and completed a diploma in sound engineering. That took my understanding of making music to a better level. And now, on top of just the simple and heartfelt thanks for a new lease on life, I have to thank my donor for giving me back the music too. Now I have the lungs to do so again, I can use them in the one thing that means most to me; saying thanks to that one person and all the others who have helped me.

So that’s why I felt so passionate about Lungfest. It’s why I wanted to raise awareness for organ donation and the great work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Because you can save a life, like someone saved mine. And together we can raise awareness of that, and funds to keep the battle going.

Lungest is... part of the fight.

Lungest is… part of the fight.

The campaign will be launched by Alethea Petrides and her band The Social Leftover on the 29th of June at The Eagle Inn, Salford. Alethea has also had a double lung transplant and also likes to do as much as possible to raise awareness.  It’s great to see other people who have similar experiences as my own being involved in a campaign that means so much to us.

The Lungfest campaign will last for 50 days (#50daysoflungfest) from the 29th of June to the 17th of August when all being well the song performed by Modern Sound Library will enter the UK charts.  That’s up to you though, our fantastic supporters. Anything you can do to help we’re greatly appreciative of.

We have lots of other events planned for the 50 days and all details can be found on our website www.lungfest.co.uk and on the calendar at the bottom of the blog. You can also interact with us on facebook and twitter (@lungfest) and keep up to date with all Lungfest related news via our blog run by Josh Turner, another CFer wanting to help and raise awareness.  We’re always willing to help arrange more events or take more suggestions, so don’t be afraid to contact us.

In the meantime, let’s get ready for all the fun! Lungfest kicks off on the 29th of June.  And if you want, you can watch a little more of Dane’s motivation on our About page.

Breathe With Me

Breathe With Me

Breathe With Me

With all the excitement building around Lungfest it’s a great time to draw attention to those other wonderful people whose love of music is in no way diminished by Cystic Fibrosis. Like Dane the delightful Annajo uses her music as a fantastic avenue to raise awareness of the condition.

Described by Louder Than The Music as “a wonderful and exciting find”, AnnaJo grew up in Sussex and began writing songs at the age of thirteen. Back in 2008 she released her debut solo album, ‘Just Me’, and in 2011 became a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest with her song, ‘Gideon’.

Her most recent project, a charity single entitled ‘Breathe with We’ is the result of a six month team effort by a group known collectively as Together We Fight (or TWF to their friends). All of the members have a link to the Cystic Fibrosis community.

Their aim was to create a song that could be released in 2014, the year in which the Cystic Fibrosis Trust are marking their 50th anniversary. Like Dane and his upcoming single ‘Thank You’, all proceeds from ‘Breathe With Me’ go to the Cystic Fibrosis trust to aid them with the continuation of their amazing work.

It’s always inspiring to see people not held back by the difficulties the condition can bring. There are so many examples, like the sheer bravery of Nick Talbot’s challenge to climb Everest which despite the unavoidable problems went higher than anyone sensibly should go. More recently you can see that will to strive in the indomitable spirit of Nathan Charles in powering into the Australian rugby team. And then there’s the challenge of creating music you love from lungs that don’t work as well as you’d hope they would, or hell, didn’t originally belong to you in the first place.

So cheer on Nick on his next attempt on Everest. You can even cheer on the Aussies if you want to. It’s hard, I know. What’s easier is to click a link and listen to some nice music, so click away. And don’t forget, if you want to help out but you’re not ready to climb Everest or face the All Blacks, well here at Lungfest we’ll be just as delighted if you wanted to host a gig instead.

And remember, only two weeks to go until the campaign launch gig at The Salford Inn on the 29th of June.  Details of all gigs are on the Lungfest website.