Charity gig for Alnwick band

Alnwicky, who played at a charity night on St Patricks Day.
Alnwicky, who played at a charity night on St Patricks Day.

Alnwicky, a local band made up of both current and ex-students from the Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick, played at a St Patrick’s Day charity evening in support of the Evie Campbell Fund.

Evie was diagnosed with Diamond-Blackfan anaemia (DBA) at the age of eight weeks. The condition, caused by a failure in the bone marrow and characterised by an inability to produce red blood cells, affects only around 125 people in the UK. It requires intensive therapy and has no known cure.

One supporter was the folk music playing band Alnwicky, entirely made up of school students both old and current. Formed in June 2016, the band includes current students Jamie Macaulay (keyboard), Dan Lyst (guitar), Issy Maxwell (flute), Jess Dobson (flute), Anna Maxwell (fiddle), Martha Carrdus (fiddle) and ex-student Zoë Gilroy (flute.)

Zoë said the evening was ‘a fun night with a good atmosphere, for a great cause.’

The event was hosted at Northumberland Town Hall, with Alnwicky playing alongside Rooster’s Cat. Proceeds from the event went to the Fund, which aims to raise £10,000 for Evie’s bone marrow transplant.

Dan Lyst said: “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to do something to raise money and awareness for such a great charity as the Evie Campbell Fund, and we had a brilliant night.

“We’d also like to thank Bruce Emmett, Spence Gilroy and everyone else who helped to run the event for all the effort they put into the evening, as well as everyone who came along in support of the charity.”

Alnwicky is playing at the Mighty Dub Fest on June 17. To keep updated with all their news, check out their Facebook page, Alnwicky.