Band put the 'fun' in fundraising at gig for Keynsham Mencap

Published on: 04 Dec 2014

A local band helped a Keynsham charity raise the roof as well as funds at a sell-out show.

Bluegrass act Slapface and the Hoagies took to the stage at Saltford Hall on November 21 to support Keynsham Mencap, with the event bringing in £1,393 for the charity.

The band were joined by guest singers Barry Hollyman and Jethro Payne for a memorable performance of Johnny B Goode.

Slapface and the Hoagies frontman Chris Bennett said: “We had a fantastic evening. It’s lovely to get such an appreciative audience but the fact that the money raised was for a great cause just added to the whole evening for us.”

Bandmate Dan Ashby added: “It was such a pleasure to play for the Mencap fundraiser at Saltford on Friday. We play lots of gigs and it’s always fun, but I’m sure I speak for all four of us when I say that getting Jethro up on stage to sing Johnny B Goode  – because Back to the Future is his favourite film! – has to be the highlight of 2014. Go, Jethro, go!”

Michelle Tarrant, Keynsham Mencap fundraiser, said the event was a fun and vibrant night of music, eating and dancing.

“Slapface are always good fun and provide a brilliant night out,” she added. “This time I think they surpassed themselves and everyone had a fantastic time dancing and singing along with them. Chris, Tim, Clive and Dan are really generous with their time and we really appreciate their enthusiasm and giving up their Friday night in order to raise funds for Keynsham Mencap.

“We very much hope this won’t be the only event they take part in so watch this space.”

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