On Friday 17 June, there is a special fundraising concert at Wigan Parish Church: a concert featuring Chris While, Kellie While, Julie Matthews, with support from Ruth Angell and Becky Mills. Chris, Kellie and Julie are talents in their own right and have performed solo, in duos with each other, and have all been in the Albion Band, although not at the same time. They have appeared at the Bothy Folk Club in Southport, and I recall getting them all to play for nothing at the Bold Arms Beer Festival in Churchtown many years ago. I doubt I could pull that off now; not with their current standing in the acoustic music world, which is well-deserved as they are all formidable singing and songwriting talents.
Tickets: £15 in advance; £17 on the night. All profits to DIAS (Wigan Womens Refuge) and Manchester Domestic Violence Helpline. Contact 01942 824291 for tickets and further details.
The church is on Crawford St, Wigan, WN1 1NL, about 5 minutes' walk from the railway stations. I understand wine is available in the venue, and I know that there several good real ale pubs only a couple of minutes' walk away.